Natalie and Lewis not only planned their wedding very quickly, but they did so with a small budget and grand ideas! Not really liking traditional wedding colours or themes, they pulled together a Great Gatsby inspired day with a budget of £6000.
“I love the Great Gatsby and the 1920s so we based the wedding loosely on that”, said the bride. “Lots of lighting, peacock feathers and sparkly things. I don’t particularly like ‘wedding colours’ so I dressed my bridal party in metallics and kept our bouquets white with greenery and peacock feathers to break them up a bit. The chairs at the village hall were black and gold with a shell pattern which matched perfectly, which was lucky as I hate chair covers with a passion. We also had some Thai influences as my friend Joy is so talented at fruit carving and we love Thai food.”
“We planned the entire wedding very quickly but we were pretty laid back about the whole thing. The only time I was actually properly stressed was the day before, as I was on a course for work and my phone rang constantly for four hours! We were lucky in that we got all of the suppliers we wanted at short notice, I think having a January wedding helped! I think I booked the caterers two weeks beforehand.”
Chloe and Craig described their August wedding as being inspired by “Batman, Star Wars, birds, nature, unicorns, mermaids and sparkly stuff”, aka all the things they love! They were married at Blackbrook House in Derbyshire.
“We just did what we loved and had fun”, Chloe said. “There was no pressure to have matching chair sashes, or a grown up theme or any sense of seriousness. From the dresses to the decor to the food and dancing – it was all fun and full on and all of our guests embraced it and partied so hard.”
The bride’s incredible dress cane from eBay! “I found a picture of my perfect dress on a search engine and did some web trawling. Turned out it was from a Chinese eBay website so I took a punt and just hoped that it wouldn’t arrive and be total garbage. Luckily it wasn’t and a few alterations later I felt like a mermaid princess in it. My glittery flamingo daytime footwear was by Miss L Fire; I’m already a big uncoordinated lady so heels were out of the question. For our first dance I changed into my even comfier dancing shoes – white LED light up trainers!”
Their Super Mario cake was made by the bride’s aunt and the flowers were all fake and arranged by the bride. “The table decorations and name places were done in the week running up to the wedding. My dad helped me glue plastic figures to dog bones while my best woman helped me sand the log candle holders. She also helped make the buttonholes and corsages while I made the hair accessories and bouquets for us all. Craig also spent three days hand-etching over 100 beer jugs with a love heart containing our initials. They were used for toasts and the guests got to take them home as their favours. I know a lot of our friends use them as their bedside water vessel!”
Bianca and Lachlan’s met over a mutual love of 1960s music, “We were both in a record store 11 years ago and somehow a very shy and introverted Lachlan made his way over to me (not at all shy or introverted) and struck up a conversation. We discussed 1960s music, our love for the Beatles, books, films and politics!”
They were married in February this year and wedding was inspired by all of these mutual loves, but particularly the 60s and films. “We absolutely adore the 1950s and 1960s so right from the beginning we knew that the wedding would have a reflection of those tastes”, explained Bianca. “I spent hours looking online at old wedding photos from both eras which gave me the inspiration for my dress, headpiece, gloves and veil along with the inspiration for our magnificent cake!”
Shoshanna and Zak’s brightly coloured, boozy, big kid wedding took place in Brighton in March. They set a budget of £4000 but actually managed to spend a bit less than that. Their reception venue was free! “Our reception was at OhSo Social on Brighton beach and it was FREE! We paid them £1500 for food and drink but they then deducted what we actually spend and gave us the rest back – amazing saving!”
“Our only big expense was our photographer. Photos so so important to me, and after a few weeks of fighting with the other half over the cost, we booked Marianne Chua. I fell in love with her photography and her craziness! Her passion and and love for wedding and people was spot on for us and we are SO happy with out photos! I don’t even want to imagine having crap wedding photos, you cant ever go back and re-do them. It’s an investment of beautiful and hilarious memories and the best thing we did for our wedding was book her.”
Beth studied horticulture in college, and loved visiting The Exotic Garden during a class trip there years ago. So when she and Harrison started planning their wedding, she thought it would be an amazing place to have the ceremony. The reception was held at The Birdcage, a bar in the heart of the Norwich Lanes. The combination of both of these spaces worked perfectly for their colourful, creative wedding.
“A lot of our inspiration came from our own home”, said Beth, “which is filled with far too much clutter for people in their early 20s! We love finding vintage and retro bits (with a particular eye for taxidermy and 70s tableware), and our house is jam-packed with colour, art, taxidermy and antique bric-a-brac. I did a huge portion of the visual planning for the wedding and found a lot of inspiration came from festivals we enjoy attending together.”
Inspired by their favourite fantasy novels, Sarah and Adrian had a wedding that featured influences from books such as Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Labyrinth and Game of Thrones.
“We first started describing our vision as ‘fairytale’ until we realised the wedding industry had a very different interpretation of the word than we did!”, the bride began. “I would describe it as ‘actual fairytale’, enchanted forest or fantasy literature inspired. It was Harry Potter, Labyrinth and Star Wars with a little The Last Unicorn, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones thrown in!! We are both long term LARPers and share PC gaming as a hobby, so we picked out things we like and mashed them into an eclectic theme. Adrian also carried a replica of Lucius Malfoy’s Cane (complete with hidden wand) as part of his wedding outfit… We definitely went for the ‘more is more’ approach!”
The February wedding was held at Glazebrook House Hotel in Devon. “We were married on the landing of the staircase. I was very fortunate to have the support and huge help of my Mum and sister who run the wedding decor company, Flourish. They decked the staircase in lanterns, foliage and flowers, so it looked like something out of an enchanted castle! Our registrar was really helpful in working out where we would stand and had the idea of having the bridesmaids sat on the bottom stairs which looked lovely!”