When the bride has a life long obsession with the Pennuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, there was only one wedding theme Amy and Alexander considered! They handmade almost all the decor and had a lot of fun coming up with creative ways to incorporate their favourite characters.
“The uniqueness of our wedding came from combining tradition with outrageous artistic licence in the shape of our unusual (yet ubiquitous!) theme”, said the bride. “You don’t get too many weddings where the bride puts on her Snoopy apron and conducts a pub quiz during the intermission either!”
“Our decorations were handmade mostly using cartoons from our favourite Peanuts strips, with bunting templates from ASDA and lanterns from Talking Tables. We were keen to avoid excessively flamboyant floral displays and I wanted a minimal look rather than engaging a florist. There was a lot of running around at the last minute, but potting some lavender (thank you mother-in-law!) and sticking with gypsophila for my bouquet gave some colour without overshadowing the other decorations.”
The theme for Katie and Jimmy’s informal winter wedding was a mixture of a 1960s working man’s club with a 1920s speakeasy. They were married at Hackney Town Hall and hosted their reception at Earl Haig Hall, an old British Legion social club in Crouch End.
“We did it our way”, began the bride. “We met in the pub beforehand, we didn’t walk down the aisle and we had no music or readings at the ceremony. The ceremony was just for immediate family and close friends. There were just 20 of us there. At the reception there was no sit down dinner or table plan, we also had no posh cars and no bouquets. It was just informal and fun.”
The bride’s dress came from eBay and cost her £25! “It was purchased on a whim two weeks after getting engaged”, she said. “Wedding dress shopping wasn’t for me. I’m not very confident so found the whole process very stressful and I didn’t feel great in anything I tried. But I loved my eBay dress and was so pleased with it. I made my veil myself with materials that cost less than a fiver. I also bought some amazing leopard print shoes from Topshop.”
Bex and Keith wanted wedding without the fuss. They wanted it to feel like them. They had a budget of £4000 (and spent just under that!) and we were married on a Monday in Newport.
“We met through a mutual friend”, began Bex. “It was our love of movies that attracted us together, since we were both avid movie lovers with crazy, ridiculously huge DVD collections.”
“Their register office ceremony was small, low key and at 11am on a Monday morning. “Having our ceremony at an unconventional time saved money, it also felt really fun. Some of our friends took the time off work and it felt like the same kind of naughty when you go to the pub during the day on a bank holiday. We aren’t religious so we decided from the beginning that we would get married in a registry office. The ceremony was very low key, but rammed to the rafters with our friends and family. My best friend and future sister-in-law was my bridesmaid and my younger brother gave me away. Our son wanted to be Doctor Who so he couldn’t come without his sonic screw driver, while our daughter had to be a pink fairy so obviously she needed her pink wings and wand.”