Rebekah and Tom’s September wedding was held in their own back garden. They didn’t set a budget but tried to save money where they could. They were inspired by the festivals they both love to go to.
“We’re both such busy people that we didn’t have a theme or anything”, the bride began. “Our main goal was to make the day super relaxed and make sure everyone was comfortable and happy. I guess there was a festival feel to the day as I work at festivals all summer long and Tom is really outdoorsy. We definitely wanted a tent and a field and we were really lucky that our house has such a great garden. We could fit the tent, an outdoor bar and a fire pit without feeling crushed.”
The bride wore a vintage dress that she bought at Secret Garden Party. “I found my dress a Lady Jane’s at Secret Garden Party. My mum was actually already halfway through mocking up my dress (I am a fourth generation seamstress and I had always thought she would make it) but when I tried on this dress I knew it was the one. It was exactly the same as the dress I’d drawn up for my mum to make! I thought I’ll just try it on for fun but it fitted so well and the ladies in the shop were almost crying! My bridesmaids were helping me run my shop next door and came running in, also crying! I knew it was the one. I went and stood out on the grass in front of our shops and people started to stop to congratulate me! One girl came up and held my face and didn’t say anything, just nodded her head at me, her boyfriend had to take her away (I think she was a bit squiffy – ha ha) So I sent my mum a picture and she messaged back in seconds saying ‘BUY IT!!’ I didn’t wait, I just went in and paid cash… it was a dream!”
If you really don’t have a lot of money to spend, or you literally just want to run away and get married, then Laura and James’ colourful runaway elopement is going to be so inspiring for you!
“Our wedding was relaxed and bright!” said Laura. “Really early on we talked about the fact that we wanted to run away and get married in secret. We had never even really considered a normal wedding. We talked about inviting our parents but then decided that if we did that we’d have to invite brothers and sisters… and if they were invited we would have to invite their partners… But then I would feel bad not inviting our best friends and their partners… And then it would feel harsh not ti invite more family and before you know it we’d have 100 people ‘running away’ with us! We just had to be strict and keep it at zero guests. It was really difficult to keep it a secret from everybody we know!”
“We didn’t tell anyone we’d got married until that evening, the first to know were our parents over video chat. My mum had always suspected we would run off and get married in secret so she was not upset in the slightest, just happy for us! James’ mum also said she had suspected we might have been getting married in secret. I was over the moon with their reactions and pleased that they had their suspicions beforehand so it wouldn’t have been a total shock!”
The day was held at Lower Barns, a B&B in Cornwall. “We got married in a shed! Its officially called the Wed Shed and it is adorable! It could just about fit seven of us in (me and James, two registrars, two witnesses and our photographer, Alexa) so was very cosy. It was the definition of intimate, there were candles lit, an old school table and quirky chairs. I have to be honest I don’t remember the ceremony much and I am glad for the photos as it was a short time, and although we didn’t have a big audience, I still felt a little nervous! But it was lovely in the end and the best part is that we were officially married at the end of it!”
Ailsa and Ben were married in Shoreditch, London. The bride ditched the traditional white dress, opting for a custom made black one! The wedding was on October 31st, so had a few touches of Halloween, but it wasn’t overly themed.
“The wedding had a general East London vibe with graffiti elements”, began the bride. “Our prominent backdrop for the main room at the reception was a projection of a piece of graffiti that we created in Paris, where Ben proposed exactly one year previously. Our inspiration was our personalities and tastes, and the date – my favourite day is Halloween. We both have a passion for art and graffiti, so we tried to bring than in too. Ultimately the warehouse-style venue looked great as a blank canvas, so we wanted to work with that.”
“We’ve received a lot of comments about the individuality of the day – the warehouse venue, the black dress, the Bavarian beer house dining arrangement, the mass-karaoke sing-a-long in the evening. Many people said they’d never been to a wedding like ours, but ultimately we wanted to throw a party to celebrate our love for the fabulous people we have in our lives. In the end our favourite moments were actually the ‘traditional’ elements – the ceremony and the first dance.”
Polly and Joe’s wedding is so gorgeous and extra special because both of them have Down’s Syndrome. With the help of their family and their 200 guests, they had the most magical celebration of their dreams! They were married in May at Brewerstreet Farmhouse in Surrey.
“We met 8 years ago when we were both students at Central Sussex College and were instantly attracted to each other”, explained Polly. “We wanted to achieve a festival feel for our wedding that our guests would be excited to be going to.”
“The main things that made our wedding different are that we both have Down’s Syndrome. Also we had a unicorn throne to sit on which was the most amazing talking point of the day! We also had the Rat Pack Boys as singing waiters and they brought the house down with their antics. We had a family band in the afternoon which got the whole thing going too – everyone dancing chatting and having a good time.”
Fee and Steve’s fabulously colourful, budget friendly wedding took place at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall in Cambridgeshire. “We wanted a fun day that we were both involved in”, Fee explained. “We didn’t wait it to just be about the bride, but both of us equally. Lots of colour was involved, and guests were requested to leave office attire at home! We both wanted to have a day that was about us, so we ensured that we included as much about us as possible. Early on in the planning we trawled wedding blogs, but mainly just looked at Rock n Roll Bride as we found that is was the only blog that included low budget weddings, and weddings that encompassed different themes.”
“We also made sure that we threw out any traditions that we weren’t sure on. We both wanted to embrace our feminist and humanist values, and only use traditions that we felt were appropriate to us.”
The bride wore a beautiful green dress from Honeypie Boutique. “My dress gets quite a few comments, with most people asking why I chose green, instead of white. This really encompassed the whole day for us though, as we chose the traditions that were applicable to us. Steve also gets lots of comments about how great his outfit was!”
Laura-Jane and Jack’s wedding was a combination of all the things they love such as steampunk, London, winter, Wes Anderson, Woody Allen and beer! They also encouraged their guests to dress up.
“All our guests commented on how personal the wedding was; informal and rather haphazard but it couldn’t have been any other way”, said Laura-Jane. “I think the most important thing to think about when planning your wedding is that it represents you and what you like rather than wanting to please everyone else and meet other people’s expectations.”
The ceremony was at Islington town hall. “We included our own words in the ceremony and the registrars were really lovely. It was all very relaxed despite being in such austere surroundings. We had a lot of guests from outside London and they really enjoyed the sightseeing tour on the Routemaster bus in between the ceremony and reception.”