John and Louise wanted a rustic, barn wedding and Sledmere Barn in Yorkshire was perfect for them. The venue was a real ‘blank canvas’, meaning they can completely free reign on how they decorated it.
Sledmere barn was the first place we visited and we didn’t need to see any other locations – we loved it!” said the bride. “The barn has some gorgeous details, brick archways, wooden beams, old hooks and nails dotted everywhere. It is open on one side but to protect us from the elements the manager said he would build us a hay bale wall!”
“Our wedding theme was simply about us, our friends and family, our loves, our lives and our memories”, she continued. “We made everything we could ourselves, and used an eclectic and rustic country theme to pull everything together. We called in a lot of favours from people, not necessarily to save money but to just make everything as personal as we possibly could.”
Wanting a simple, relaxed and family-focused wedding, Suzanne and Jonathan used the 1950s as inspiration but put their own twist on things. They had a church ceremony followed by a village hall reception.
“We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed and memorable day”, said the bride. “I think we achieved just that. We did away with a few of the traditional wedding formalities that we didn’t care for such as having no prepared speeches, no receiving line and no white wedding dress. We also decided against a cake very early on and opted for a brownie stack instead. We had five scrummy flavours made by our caterers. We just wanted everyone to relax, have fun and not sit around and wait for things to happen. We also wanted great food and for people to get up and dance.”
The bride wore a gorgeous blue Candy Anthony dress. “I’ve always known that I wasn’t a ‘white wedding dress’ kind of girl. I travelled down from Manchester to London for a one hour appointment at Candy Anthony. It was the only appointment I made because I was 99.9% positive that I’d find my perfect dress there. I was right. They made the whole experience amazing from start to finish. I decided on an aqua strapless dress with a matching polka dot overlay and green petticoat. I loved my dress so much, I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night. Swishing around the dance floor was definitely one of my favourite moments of the day!”
Adam and Stacey’s wedding took place at Middle Coombe Farm in Devon. They had a non-traditional, steampunk inspired day which was planned by the groom!
“Our wedding theme was just ‘stuff we like'”, said the bride. “We didn’t want it to be traditional and the same as other weddings but we also didn’t want to cut things out just for the sake of being different. The venue played a big part in it because as soon as we’d decided where to have our wedding, everything else started falling into place. For example, once we decided we were getting married outside with a longish walk to the ceremony site, I knew I wasn’t going to wear white or heels.”
“Having a humanist ceremony made it incredibly personal to us”, she continued, “and my outfit was also so unique and special. We made everything very casual so that we could enjoy our day and we made a lot of things ourselves. Maybe the most unique part of the whole wedding is that it was actually Adam that did most of the planning and I was not really involved in the process!”
Liz and Luke said “We do” in October at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. They wanted a simple and modern wedding with Autumnal colours and plenty of homemade touches.
“We did lots of DIY”, the bride began. “Luke ad I made the favours – mini glass bottles filled with O’Haras Spiced Rum (the spiced rum of Sheffield). I hand wrote all the name tags as calligraphy is a hobby of mine. Myself, Luke and my mum handmade all the wedding invitations and we also collected postcards from our West Coast USA road trip (where we got engaged) for the table names and created the table plan and table signs using these.”
“However our biggest projects was the coke bottles!”, she laughed. “We made the fatal error of deciding to try and find Coca Cola bottles with every single guests name on to go with their rum favours. This started when we were in the supermarket and managed to find about 30 of them in one go and from there thought we’d be able to find them all in the months running up to the wedding. What we didn’t take into consideration was that the names we had found were the relatively straight forward ones – you know, the Steve’s and Dave’s. We didn’t quite realise how many unusual names were in our wedding party until being too far into this mission to quit – names such as Lanty and Tanasity for example. Coca Cola also didn’t really cater for the names of some of the older generations such as those of our aunties and uncles. Amazingly we did manage to find 68 of 75 guests in supermarkets. The final few we luckily managed to get printed at the supermarket when Coca Cola toured the UK. I still struggle to walk past the coke bottles in a supermarket without feeling the need to completely remove the entire stock from the shelf and rummage through it to see what names I can find. I think they will haunt me forever.”
Heather and Matt wanted a timeless wedding that was glamorous but also reflected them. They were married in October at Whitley Hall, Sheffield.
“Our inspiration was classic glamour”, said the bride. “We wanted our wedding to be different so we had it on Halloween. We both love the holiday, although we didn’t want to have a specific Halloween theme.”
“We wanted the ceremony itself to be pretty intimate”, she continued. “We had a pianist and we had him play You Had Me at Hello by A Day to Remember as I walked down the aisle.”
Robert and Katy’s Scottish wedding was themed around lots of different things but skulls and 80s movies played a big part! “The wedding theme turned out to be a bit eclectic, with elements Robert loved like 80s films (they were our table names), a pork pie wedding cake and elements that had a slightly gothic feel such as a skull centrepiece at the head table and ’til death do us part’ favour boxes.”
“Overall we both wanted the wedding to have a relaxed feel and for everyone we love to have a good time. I’ve always loved the slightly darker, gothic side of life so that was the main inspiration for some of the décor. The venue was one of the oldest buildings in Glasgow and has a rich history, which added to the supernatural feel of the wedding too.”
“It’s difficult to pick my favourite part of the wedding as I loved the whole day”, she continued. “However there are probably two parts that stand out. The first is the moment I got to the end of the aisle and Robert took my hand and looked at me. We were both so nervous and it just felt so special standing there with him in front of all our loved ones. The second was after the formalities of the day were over and we could finally let our hair down! I loved finally getting round the tables to speak to everyone (and kicking my shoes off and getting on the dance floor!)”