Category Archives: British Brides

DIY Circus Tent Wedding with Dinosaurs and Hedgehogs!

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Katie and Jeff met at school and have been together since they were 15! They were married in August and described their wedding theme as ‘complete randomness’. They were inspired by their love of music so Jeff wore a yellow jacket as a tribute to Queen, and Katie had their favourite Foo Fighters song on her Crown and Glory veil. They also asked all their guests to request a song on their RSVPs so that everyone would enjoy the music on the day.

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The couple got married in Jeff’s family home, Wingfield Hall. “We took a lot of time to get Jeff’s parent’s house registered for marriages so we could have it at his family home”, began Katie. “The ceremony was everything we wanted it to be. We got married under an archway in the middle of the room so it felt really intimate and all the guests were close to us. We wrote our own vows that mentioned our cat Frank and our favourite song lyrics and had my brother give a reading (which made everyone cry).”

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Family Focused and Nature Inspired Wedding in Cornwall

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Becky and Alistair described their wedding theme as ‘crystals and ribbons’ and were inspired by Cornwall and nature. They wanted their wedding to be non-traditional, sentimental and outdoors because nature and the environment mean so much to them.

“Everything from the venue down to what colour ribbon we had hanging in the trees all had sentimental meaning to us,” explained Becky, “that’s what gives the wedding its unique flavour: it was a little bit of each family member’s creativity fused into one day. I’m pagan so we also wanted to incorporate that in the meaning of the petals used in the confetti (made by my mum from wild flowers around her house) and by having a wishing tree instead of a guest book.”

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“Our ceremony was actually a pretty simple affair. My bridesmaid Penny did a reading of Pam Ayres’ Yes I’ll Marry you my Dear. It just seemed to suit us as a couple so well! It meant a lot to us that Penny could do the reading as well since she’s known us pretty much from the beginning. My granddad also did a reading of Robert Burns’ A Red Red Rose which was so lovely.”

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Indoor/ Outdoor DIY BBQ Wedding

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Beth and Zac wanted their wedding to be relaxing and described their wedding theme as ‘fun, festival like, colourful, DIY and eco-friendly. “My main inspiration was the big BBQs and garden parties my parents had when I was growing up – everyone could just relax, help themselves to food and drink and just have a good time!” explained Beth. “I’ve never really like being the centre of attention, or feeling like I’m causing a fuss (table service in a restaurant is awkward enough for me) and Zac has never been one for formalities. So we both knew we wanted something relaxed and easy going.”

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“We got so much inspiration from Rock n Roll Bride! I found it so difficult to get excited and find inspiration from other bridal magazines and blogs. It all just felt like selling out to the big wedding business machine, all the while being told that I need to get a gym membership, weekly massages, three make up artists and a personal hairdresser on call. I’m a naturally insecure person, and none of this helped a bit. So big thanks to Kat for making me actually feel wedding positive, and thanks to all of the R’n’R inspiring brides and grooms.”

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Colourful Indian Themed Wedding

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Katy-Jane and Alex met when they were 13 years old. Each other’s first loves, they split after just a few months together but remained friends. Then in 2009 they finally got back together and married seven years later. The day was hosted at the Rosliston Forestry Centre in Swadlincote and had an Indian style theme. The general vibe they wanted was relaxed and fun.

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“Our wedding was inspired by our love of travel and our love of India”, said Katy-Jane. “From the fast-paced entertainment to the outdoor ceremony itself, everything was quite different and reflected us. I brought some packs of bindis with me from India and everyone was wearing one by the end of the day. We also had a balloon modeller who was a great alternative to sweets for keeping the little ones occupied!”

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Colourful Comic Book Wedding in Two Parts

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Cheryl and Andy had two celebrations, their legal ceremony with just close family in America, followed by a big reception back in the UK. Their budget was £4000 which included their outfits, the venue, all the decor and catering for 135 people (they served pies so it came in at under £8.50 a head!)

“Our main inspiration, for both weddings, came from our love of tattoos, comics and music”, said the bride. “It was just one big reflection of our personalities. We weren’t going to have a theme as such, but our love of comics and comic TV series and films did come through!”

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“We found it hard to do something that hadn’t already been done so instead we just focused on things that were special to us. For the wedding in the States, it was unique as we stayed at The Stanley Hotel where Stephen King wrote The Shining. We had our wedding dinner there too before the ghost tour around the hotel. It was such a cool place, they had a channel that just played The Shining all day! You could just imagine the twins walking the corridors. For the reception in the UK we did scrap a lot of tradition. There weren’t any speeches, we didn’t have a first dance (we bounced on space hoppers instead to our mate’s skiffle band!) and we didn’t have a table plan – guests grabbed a pie from a vintage van and sat wherever they wanted!”

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & Pirate Wedding

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Mandy and Dean met online and, after dating long distance, Dean proposed to Mandy at the top of Beeston Castle, where they’d had their first date. Their wedding theme was steampunk meets Alice in Wonderland with a bit of Mad Hatter and pirates thrown in. They were also inspired by the quote ‘We’re all mad here’ from Alice In Wonderland, which is also Mandy’s family motto!

The ceremony was a traditional Baptist ceremony officiated by one of Mandy’s childhood friends, and was one of her favourite parts of the day. “Marrying my best friend and soul mate was definitely my favourite part”, said Mandy, “as well as having everyone we love and cherish celebrate with us. It meant the world to both of us. The whole day was just perfect, full of smiles, love and laughter, oh and pirates!”

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“For our reception we decided to have a Mad Hatter’s tea party. The décor truly was an amazing family DIY project: everything was handmade. It was hard work but it really helped keep our costs down and produced incredible results. My mum made most of the decorations herself from scratch and came up with all the ideas, she’s so creative and talented it’s untrue! She made bunting out of playing cards and ribbon, our top hat post box and created the floral table decorations using large glasses we picked up in a bargain shop. We collected all the vintage tea cups with the help of family and friends scouring second hand shops and markets, then put them together with artificial flowers and added fans made from playing cards and pheasant feathers to match the buttonholes and my bouquet.”

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