Inspired by the TV show Don’t Tell the Bride, Michelle and Jamie’s wedding was organised as a complete surprise for them by the bride’s employers, Cosatto, who make brightly patterned pushchairs. Inspired by their products, and the bride’s own colourful aesthetic, the team pulled together a truly one-of-a-kind wedding!
“Every year our fantastic CEO gives one lucky member of the team £10,000 to do something they wouldn’t necessarily be able to do otherwise”, bride Michelle explained. “I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to have a wedding with a difference and do it it Don’t Tell the Bride style. My colleagues planned the whole wedding for us and we knew nothing about what it was going to be like until the day! It was great fun but very hard at times wondering if they would get things like the dress to my taste but they did absolutely amazing!”
“On the day I was a rollercoaster of emotions – one minute a nervous wreck, the next dancing around on cloud 9 with excitement! I was also a social outcast at work for the past few months with all of the whispering and little meetings they had. No one would talk to me for months in case they spilt the beans!”
The bridesmaids were dressed as clockwork dolls in black tutus with pink cheeks, tea cup hats and keys on their backs. The homemade cake was flamingos and they served Afternoon Tea. The entertainment was mime artists, stilt walkers and fire eaters, The bride arrived by unicorn!
Lizzie and Louie’s incredibly detailed big top wedding, unbelievably, only cost them £6000. The bride even had two dresses!
“The theme was ‘anything goes!’. We didn’t have a colour scheme, we just wanted to have as much fun as possible!” the bride explained. “We wanted our wedding to truly represent us as a couple, and as so many friends and family helped us out, we wanted it also to represent them too. So if someone wanted to contribute in any way, we just let it happen. By doing this the wedding evolved into a beautiful eclectic mix of everyone’s talents and energy.”
“The flowers were bought and arranged by my grandmother. We also had dried flowers, which I made by collecting and drying discounted flowers from supermarkets! The catering was all done by my mum and grandmother. They made Devon pasties and salad and a buffet of cured meat and cheese for the evening. All the decorations were made by us including the table plan which had a Game of Thrones theme. We also made the place names which were butterfly origami with a raffle ticket hidden inside for raffle after the meal. My mum made the bunting and chair covers. I made the sequin lampshades and collected all the teapots, plates, glassware and cutlery from charity shops! Our band was my brother’s band.”
Ben and Lori’s London wedding was held in a coffee shop. They had a laid back, bohemian theme that worked really well with their urban location.
“I suppose the most unique part of our wedding, that sets us apart from most weddings we have been to, is that we did not have the same sense of formality”, explained the bride. There were no bridesmaids, or groomsmen for example. We didn’t feel attached to those traditions. Also, we Skyped in some of my family members and closest friends from Canada, so it was a little funny seeing an iPad in the corner of our eye with six tiny squares of my favourite people from overseas, smiling and crying from a screen.”
“I would say our theme was confused rustic bohemian. The best bit of the day, and the part that still gives me the most exciting rush of emotions, is our ceremony. Our venue had stairs that led from a loft down to the main area where we had set up our ceremony area. Before most people arrived, close friends all worked together to decorate; hanging the ribbon backdrop, laying out confetti bags, and clearing the area. It was a bit rushed, but so lovely for everyone to work together like that. Ben worked some magic on the music and used the instrumental from LCD Soundsystem’s Dance Yourself Clean for us to walk down the stairs together to and it was absolutely wonderful. I love that we walked together. For us, it was important to show the unity between us before we were married, as well as the further commitment we made on that day.”
Becca and Adam met at a Fear Factory gig in 2006. For the wedding, they decided to combine elements of their shared passions including food, travel, nature and music. The reception was decorated with a dark forest theme.
“Our day included an owl ring bearer, a string trio covering Rammstein, ferret racing, two bands and a fire performance!” said Becca. “We were really surprised about how many people danced to Metalhead, our band. We’d chosen an especially heavy set list (for the uninitiated) including Pantera!”
“We opted for a civil ceremony in the hotel’s cathedral room. We wrote our own vows and had three readings including one about dinosaurs! It was a really emotional moment for both of us and we were happy we could share it with the people who matter to us.”
Brides wearing non-white dresses are becoming more and more commonplace (yay!) and nothing thrills me more than seeing and sharing a beautiful babe rocking her own style on her wedding day. When Carina married Jay she decided to wear an original 1930s black floral dress from Hope and Harlequin. It went perfectly with their autumnal theme!
“My dress was an original 1930s metallic lame gown with replacement vintage black lace for the back panel”, she explained. “I think wearing a non-traditional wedding dress made the wedding feel very personal to me plus the choice of reception venue was quite unique. My earrings were the letters ‘C’ and ‘R’ to represent my new married initials and I made my flower headpiece myself. I foraged some of the foliage as well as bought some.”
Chelsea and Joe’s wedding took place at The Lake, White Colne, Essex. They hired a marquee and set up the wedding themselves in a field. The day had a bohemian, shabby chic and rustic vibe with lots oh homemade touches.
“The day started with a laid back humanist ceremony which focused on our love for each other”, said the bride. “We also wrote our own vows.”
“Most of the décor was DIY including the bunting, the centrepieces, the jars, postbox, guest book, table runners, name cards and wooden signs. We even made one of the bars. I loved being creative by making everything in the run up to the big day.”