Laura and Andy’s August wedding had it’s own fun fair! “We wanted an alternative theme but done in a grown up way” said Laura.
“When we first got engaged, we sat down to brainstorm all the things that make us ‘us’. We hadn’t been to many weddings, so we were able to let our imagination run wild! Our main viewpoint was that we wanted our guests to come away not just thinking ’that was the best wedding ever’ but ’that was the best day ever!”
“We had a secret fun fair! While our guests were eating, we had two fun fair companies arrive and set up stalls, a high striker, swing boats and mini golf! Then the guests were told that they were moving to a different part of the venue and the fun fair was revealed. Our plan went perfectly and it was totally worth it to see Andy’s 79 year old nan swinging on the swingboats with our 5 year old flower girl.”
Scott and Hayley were married on Halloween but they didn’t want to make the obvious choice to have a spooky themed wedding. Instead they were inspired by vintage pieces (the bride wore a dress from the 1940s), and Victoriana with a Rock n Roll twist. Of course there were a few autumnal touches such as pumpkins on the tables, but overall it was just a reflection of everything they love.
“We wanted our wedding to be different and not traditional but also show our personalities”, said the bride. “We collected vintage props for the tables but the venue, The Roost in Dalston, also had lots of quirky pieces of furniture and props that we could use. Music was also a big influence we spent months creating our perfect playlists for each part of the day.”
Jay and Rachael described their wedding as bookish and happy. They refused to get suckered in to following the standard wedding template and made sure the every detail was something that was special to them.
“The inspiration for our wedding was our life”, said the bride. “Our story is a bit different and we wanted that reflected in the day. We met 20 years ago, separated due to youthful emotion, pined for 14 years, reconnected and instantly fell back into insane love. I got cancer, recovered and fulfilled my dream to open a bookshop, hence the book theme of the wedding.”
“The venue, the rings, the ceremony, the music – everything was chosen because it meant something to us. We wanted it to be completely special and representative of who we are. Furness Abbey, where we got married, isn’t a wedding venue so we begged English Heritage to give us permission to use it!”
Lorenzo and Jodie met on a dating website. Their first date lasted 48 hours and they’ve been inseparable ever since! For their September wedding they wanted something to reflect their own style, so that meant something was relaxed, alternative and vintage inspired.
“We both wanted the wedding to be about our guests in a relaxed atmosphere but with a vintage theme (there was lots of browsing on Pinterest!)”, said the bride. “We wanted to express our personality throughout the day, which included little quirky props and all tattoos on show!”
“Our ceremony was very relaxed with a fantastic, friendly registrar. We didn’t have any personal vows but even without them, it was very emotional.”
Linda and Decky’s October 31st wedding was themed around – you guessed it – Halloween! But they also wanted to make it personal too.
“Our wedding theme was very much us, It was fun, eclectic and very, very personal!” said the bride. “We both take Halloween very seriously and dress up every year together. Our whole relationship is based on fun and we wanted to make sure that was the biggest part of our day. We wanted to let our imaginations run wild and always had thought a Halloween wedding would be a perfect celebration, even if our friends and family and random strangers had their doubts! In the end I think everyone was pleasantly surprised how it turned out.”
“One of the most fun parts was that we had fancy dress and we both destroyed our outfits with fake blood!”, she laughed. “In terms of decorations we dressed the entire function room and church on our own. We collected jam jars for two years that were then dressed in lace and ribbon and scattered around.”
Chris and Allison’s handfasting witch doctor wedding in the woods was completely homemade. The bride made her own dress and wore shoes from eBay, which she decorated herself. She also made her own headpiece. The flowers were put together by the couple themselves, they created their own invitations, they even self-catered the whole event!
The couple met online in 2011. Alison was living in South Africa at the time and in April 2012 she took a leap of faith and moved over to the UK to be with Chris. Their meeting was unconventional, so their wedding had to be too!
“It has to be recognised, right from the start, that this was never going to be a normal wedding”, said the bride. “Discovering the cultural differences between us and integrating them into a life together was often surprisingly more difficult that you might imagine. Add to that a determination not to follow the crowd and ‘do everything right’ drove things in an unusual and joyous direction from the start. Throw a group of mildly lunatic friends into the mix, determined to make things work for us despite there being no cash whatsoever available and a very firm direction was set.”