Stacey and Ian’s wedding was held in South London, where they live. “We live in Wandsworth, so we wanted our wedding to reflect our love for our lovely borough”, the bride said. “Admittedly, it isn’t as cool as Camden or as high brow as Chelsea, but it is sweet and friendly. We chose the grand chamber at Wandsworth Town Hall for our ceremony which was absolutely beautiful.”
“The reception was at The Antelope pub in Tooting. We loved how lovely it was yet it was just a simple London pub. We immediately fell in love with the laid back and effortless atmosphere and the food was delicious too. I’m surprised more couples don’t choose a pub for their reception as there is no hire fee (just a minimum spend) and they have a charm that only a London pub can deliver.”
Gayle and Jay’s wedding theme was nautical and geeky with a hint of vintage. They had lot of Lego, the bride carried a button bouquet and they had some paper flowers instead of real ones.
“People commented on all the little touches and how we had made the day ‘so us’”, said the bride. “We were very lucky to not have pressure from others to be traditional. We also paid for everything ourselves meaning we had no financial ties to anyone. Our budget was £9000.”
“My dress came from Honeypie Boutique and I bought it online. A lot of the wedding was DIY and our friend Laura made all the paper flowers. Another friend, Rachel, helped me decorate the jam jars that the flowers were in. I made the signs for the tables in frames with scrabble letters, chalk pens and a piece of slate from my mum’s garden! Jay created the build-your-own centrepiece sign to go with the Lego too.”
Isolde and Mark were married in Ireland in August. Their wedding had a vintage Tour de France theme! “We often cycle together and love driving through France”, explained the bride. “Our yearly holiday involves driving from London to Provence and camping where ever we can. We didn’t stick to the theme slavishly though – my dress wasn’t very french looking – just what suited me. I love red roses and didn’t want pastel flowers so we went with those instead.”
“We really drew on our friends and families talent too”, she continued. “My dad made a giant fairground piece with a cycling theme (the ones you put your faces in for photos). He also designed the wedding favours which were lovely bottles of whiskey. My bridesmaids Lauren and Ursula are both designers so helped with any sewing and any creative things.”
Childhood sweethearts Mirlah and Nik were married in June and had a colourful Mexican fiesta inspired wedding. The day also had a bit of a festival vibe with the bell tents and their laid back attitude.
“The word ‘Fiestaval’ cropped up a few times”, said the bride. “I think our wedding was nothing like our guests had ever seen before! There were details in every nook and cranny, but everything had meaning and were really appreciated. Our venue really did us proud and no one tired of the amazing view! We did away with the DJ for the evening and hired a jukebox. The mix of music was unreal and had everyone of the dance floor. Mod classics and pop tunes mixed old school R’n’B. Everyone loved it!”
The ceremony was held at a local church. “We stuck to tradition where we wanted too and mixed up where it didn’t feel quite right. We decided to ditch the top table in exchange for a ‘sweetheart table’ so we could spend some time together. Our food was served from Mexican style street food stalls, and we did the cutting of the cake but only because it had sweeties inside!”
The most important thing to Tess and Ruairi was that their wedding included their two kids as much as it reflected them. So the day was more like a kid’s birthday party than a wedding!
“We’re not big wedding fans, or rather we’re not big fans of the prescribed wedding format”, said the bride. “So for our day we decided to think about the things that were really, REALLY important to us and to steer ir in that direction. We have two children and we wanted them to be just as involved in the wedding as we were so our theme ended up being like a kid’s party!”
“We had tons of kids attending so we wanted them to enjoy the wedding as much as the adults. We hired Sublime Science, a kid’s birthday entertainer. ‘Prof Louis’ was fab and she kept the kids utterly enthralled. There was sweet making, exploding coke rockets, slime making, chasing fugitive balloons across football pitches, lots of shrieks, screams and smiles from all the kiddies and most of the adults!”
“Our youngest is three and we thought perhaps the science party might be a bit too old for him (in the end it wasn’t) so we also arranged for a local reptile sanctuary, Lenny’s Lizards, to come and bring along some extra guests! We didn’t bargain on two boa constrictors, numerous corn snakes and lots of lizards, but everyone LOVED it.”
“We also put out old wooden crates full of games for young and old alike. There were ball games, Jenga, fuzzy felt, marbles and jacks. They were meant for the kids but were mostly used by the adults!”
Leigh and Ché had an autumnal themed wedding in October. The heavily tattooed pair had pumpkins as décor and lots of lovely autumn colours as their colour scheme.
“Our wedding theme was definitely autumnal”, said the bride. “We chose purple and orange for our main colours, using leaves and pumpkins as decorations. We originally planned on getting married on Halloween, but decided to get married the weekend before so we could keep the pumpkin theme.”
“We wanted a much more relaxed, party type atmosphere, rather than all the formalities that can come with weddings”, she continued. “We decided not to have children at the wedding, so everyone could relax without having to worry about little eyes and ears. We also chose not to have any speeches, apart from a short one by the groom. We generally wanted to have a relaxed, enjoyable day. We also didn’t like the idea of table numbers, so we chose some of our favourite film titles instead and our top table was just the two of us!”