Becki and Elliott had a ton of DIY details in their Bristol wedding. From the flowers to the stationery and nearly everything in between! They even had a ‘make your own centrepiece’ competition for their guests and the winner was a life size Becki replica made from paper plates!
“We wanted the whole event to be an informal celebration, rather than a traditional affair”, explained the bride, “so we didn’t include certain formalities such as the wedding breakfast. We went straight from the ceremony to welcome drinks and then arts and crafts activities. We then had speeches, our first dance (including confetti cannons) and a ska band fuelled party!”
“Most of the décor was hand made by us with friends and family, and included paint pots, spray painted signs, a paint palette wall hanging and massive canvases that were hung on the walls that spelled out ‘Life is a blank canvas, so paint an adventure’. Our colour theme was primary colours rather than just one colour…”
“We decided to get married just three months after the proposal”, she continued. “We didn’t fully appreciate how much work there would be in organising a predominantly hand-made wedding! However apart from a few moments, we mainly complemented each other. Elliott works in project management with an (overly) obsessive attention to detail (and love for spreadsheets!) whereas I work in healthcare where caring and doing the right thing is most important.”
Sarah and Sudaman wanted their wedding to reflect both their cultures, English and Nepali. The reception was held at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton. They took the space and added their own personal style to it which that meant lots of colour! Sarah wore a dress made for her in Nepal and Sudaman wore a traditional Nepalese attire also made for him in Lalitpur, Nepal.
“I moved to Nepal three years ago to teach English”, began the bride. “On my first day I was introduced to Sudaman and was advised that he was the man to go to for a party, a wild night out or help learning guitar. I called upon him for all of the above and our relationship blossomed!”
“This was actually our third wedding ceremony, a blessing really”, she continued. “Our first two (!) ‘real’ weddings were a year ago in Nepal, one a typically Hindu, Nepali affair and the other a simple, Christian gathering. Nepal is our home and therefore part of who we are; we wanted to share some of the country’s rich culture with family and friends in the UK whilst also embracing some quintessentially British traditions.”
“So we had a country church, a steam train, local food, speeches and the me in a white dress, but walked down the aisle to a Nepali folk band, Kutumba, and the groomsmen wore topis and dhaka material ties. We had rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower, adorning the reception tables.”
Pippa and Daniel were married at Barton Hall in Kettering. The inspiration for their wedding came from the bride’s engagement ring, which the groom had designed himself. It features a large amethyst stone in the centre (the bride’s birthstone) and that, alongside a bright blue which Daniel loves, became the colour scheme. Daniel knew he wanted an untraditional suit in blue and the colour amethyst was a perfect choice for the bridesmaid’s dresses.
“Daniel and I knew from the beginning that we wanted a wedding that was individual, but that our friends and family would also enjoy”, Pippa began. “We were sure that we didn’t want to get married in Kettering, where we live, due to the lack of unique venues until we visited Barton Hall. Although unfinished, we fell in love with the 16th century architectural elegance of the Grade 1 listed Orangery within the grounds.”
“Our venue and food were where we spent the majority of our money”, she continued, “I guess this is to be expected. Second to that was my wedding dress. We saved a lot of money on our cakes though. I attended the Birmingham wedding show and was overwhelmed by the variety of cakes available but was shocked by the cost. We didn’t really care about having a traditional cake, we just wanted one that was scrummy. In the end we found Gayle’s Catering. She visited us at home and we loved her portfolio and the fact it was more substance over style and had a real home made feel. We ordered a mixture of cupcakes in toffee and red velvet with crème cheese frosting, and three round cakes in carrot cake, cookies and cream cake and a vanilla rainbow cake!”
Summer brides take note! You are going to looooove Rachel and David’s amazing wedding which took place this May. They went down the DIY route for nearly everything and added personal touches wherever they could.
“Taking on a lot of DIY for your wedding can seem daunting and time consuming”, explained Rachel. “It also might end up stressing you out a little bit, but you should DEFINITELY try and get some bits in there that you have done yourself. You will feel so proud when you see everything set up with all those personal touches you spent time on, and people DO notice. We had so many compliments on some of the little touches we put in on the day with our table numbers, cards and wishing tree.”
“We started off our planning by both knowing very specifically what we wanted with individual aspects”, she continued. “For example, I knew I wanted Sassy to photograph our day, and I knew I wanted to design my own dress. For David the most important thing was giving everyone a good meal.”
Kerry and Max’s rainbow wedding was held at Poplar Farm in Sutton on Sea. They wanted to incorporate two of their biggest loves (colour and the sea!) and they did that by staying true to what they wanted and getting crafty and creative with their choices.
“We both love to be outside”, explained Kerry. “We have a ‘kerrified’ caravan (KerryVan) and spend many weekends travelling the UK. We both fell in love with Sutton on Sea after family holidays there. I am rainbow mad and Max is very tolerant of my ways. Max likes things quirky and different but leaves the creativity up to me. We didn’t want one set theme as such we just combine the things we enjoyed, Such as the seaside, rainbows and camping.”
“Our main aim for the day was for it to be fun. Neither of us do formal particularly well so we opted for a relaxed approach. We incorporated our seaside location by having fish n chips for our dinner and candy floss and popcorn in the evening. We added colour and rainbows wherever possible. I love to make things and be creative so I made and planned as many things myself as possible.”
“I made all of the decorations myself (with a lot of help from friends and family)” she continued. “I think a lot of people were worried about my ideas and I couldn’t describe my vision very well, but I could see it in my head. The day before the wedding everyone pulled together to set up and it was a perfect explosion of colour. I told everyone that this is what the inside of my brain looks like!”
Sarah and Ben chose Islington Metal Works for their July 2013 wedding. The bride wore Valentino, the groom a snappy suit from Topman, and their whole day was just a massive representation of the two of them.
“We really wanted our wedding to just reflect our personalities and what we love!” wrote Sarah. “We both share a love of taxidermy, skulls, vintage furniture and weird curiosities so we wanted to bring that across but in a light pretty way softened with fairly lights and flowers. We would have loved more taxidermy but it was surprising how much it costs to hire it!”
“We also love places that are a little run down and industrial and the Metal Works was the perfect venue for this. We didn’t want a traditional wedding so we had a small private family ceremony in our local registry office the day before and had our close friend Christian perform a short ceremony for us at the Metal Works. Friends read and our best friends daughter was the ring bearer. It was perfect and just what we wanted. Intimate with plenty of laughter.”