For their April wedding, Lydia and Klem wanted a day that would be unforgettable for their guests. They chose a unique venue, Big Daddy’s Antique’s in San Francisco for their reception. However their ceremony took place two weeks prior and was a small, intimate affair.
“We really enjoyed having our small ceremony completely separate from our reception”, Lydia wrote. “It was simple and sweet. But our vision for our big reception was to have the most fun and memorable cocktail party our guests had ever experienced. The only ‘wedding-y’ things we incorporated were a first dance and the cake cutting… oh! And of course we got to wear our fancy wedding duds for a second time. BONUS!”
“I produced many of the signs and favors myself, and we made the invitations. But the only real DIY piece was my show stopper of a jewel bouquet which a close friend created for me. I had put a post out on Facebook asking for any misfit earrings, buttons, brooches or baubles that my friends and family were willing to donate. The end result was absolutely breathtaking and filled with so much love. It is a masterpiece!”
Ahh the circus! So colourful, so fun, such a perfect theme for an alternative wedding! Tamara and Chip’s Florida wedding was a true DIY labour of love. They did almost everything themselves.
“We are both light-hearted and fun people, so we wanted our day to feel like a party with our family and friends”, explained the bride. “We are not stiff and formal, but love vibrancy and uniqueness! Our whimsical circus theme fit perfectly with how we wanted our wedding day to feel.”
“Almost everything we did was DIY, unique and local”, she continued. “Aside from a few amazing vendors like our day-of coordinator, Ashley Packett, who was amazing and seamlessly took my vision and DIY projects and made it come together! We did not want a cookie cutter wedding. I am far too crafty to have let someone else create our wedding day. From our wedding ceremony in front of our DIY circus tent, to our reception under the stars and string lights, to our bartender serving drinks and locally brewed beer from a canoe cooler, to our guests playing shuffleboard, our wedding was far from the norm.”
Gwenn and Dave were married on 4th May so they started their inspiration with – what else? – but Star Wars. From there, they added lots of other geeky references of the things they both love, specifically Doctor Who and Disney. The bride wore a handmade dress that she made herself, a crown which she got at a Renaissance fair, and a veil made by her mother. Her amazing boots were House of Elloit.
“We met at a Renaissance fair”, explained Gwenn. “We both were in the same group and Dave was the secretary and kind of used that to his advantage to get to me her better. We were inseparable all weekend and pretty much knew right then it was true love!”
“We got married on May the 4th so Dave had storm trooper pins for the groomsmen”, she continued. “We also had a Tie Fighter pin for the bestman and a Darth Vader pin for Dave. We had an epic lightsaber battle between the two of us which was great for photos! The rest of the wedding was highly influenced by Disney, Doctor Who and other nerdy things.”
Jojo and Andy were married in August at Nettlestead Place, Kent. While the groom wasn’t too bothered about having a big wedding, the bride wanted something special and so a steampunk theme it was! She wore a corset from Baba Studio with an AMAZING purple and turquoise skirt, made for her by Sisters of the Moon on Etsy. Her biker boots were from eBay.
“While I’d like to say we just planned the wedding that we wanted, Andy would have preferred to just go to the registry office in a t-shirt and jeans!” Jojo began. “But I’m a bit more flamboyant than that, and he wanted me to have the day I wanted. So I pulled out all the stops and did something much more ‘me’. I’ve always been alternative and I love to dress up so this was the only way forward. We also thought that if everyone had to dress up, that they would feel much more like part of our day, rather than just being onlookers and well wishers.”
A true DIY wedding, Claire-Josephine, Nick and their families made a lot of the details for their big day themselves. The stationery was made by the bride’s aunt and the groom, and the favours by the mother of the groom. The cake was made by a member of the church choir and the bride helped design her own dress and headpiece which were made for her by her friend Keli Thompson, who has just launched her own wedding couture company.
“Our interests are quite eclectic and so this was reflected in our wedding”, wrote Claire-Josephine. “We just took a few things that we both love or reflect our personalities and wove them into a theme! I guess if we had a theme it was navy, cats, rockabilly, anchors and a secret sprinkling of Harry Potter!”
Ahh Alice in Wonderland weddings, what’s not to love? A childhood favourite of so many of us, it’s unsurprising that we see so many weddings themed around it. Meeli and Wout’s Wonderland wedding might just be one of the best I’ve seen though. Everyone looks spectacular in their costumes, and they’ve put so much effort into the décor.
The bride explains, “We were mostly inspired by Lewis Carroll books, both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, I also loved looking at the other Wonderland-themed weddings featured on Rock n Roll Bride. Prior to the wedding we watched many different Alice films but when it came to designing our wedding, we were strictly true to the books.”
“One thing that we did very differently was the wedding ceremony”, she continued. “We had no officiant because, in our opinion, getting married is not about getting the approval of the state or god (we are not religious). It’s about making a promise to each other. So we wrote our own vows and read them out loud in front of our guests. As we had an international wedding, we did it in each other’s languages: I read my vows in Dutch and Wout read his in Estonian. We also had our guests bless the rings (every guest got to hold the rings and make a wish, but they had to say it out loud in front of everyone). The rings were handed to the guests by the best man wearing rabbit ears and the rings themselves were carried on the ears of a small bunny statue.”