Ben and Helen had a casual wedding in Tooting. “We wanted to throw a wedding for our families as much as for us, to celebrate life and love and enjoy a special day together”, Helen said. “It was important to us to celebrate all the years we’d already had together (and all the ups and downs, joy, growing up and hard work in that!) rather than acting as if the wedding was the start. So that was part of the message on our invitations, and we got the Registrar to frame the ceremony that way in her welcome – a celebration of 8 and a half happy years and the witnessing of our next step together.”
The ceremony was held at Merton Registry Office and their reception at Tooting Tram & Social. They got the tube between the two! “We threw out any of the traditions that didn’t suit us, and built our day from the ground up to make sure it was personally meaningful”, she continued. “Traditions we ditched included the top table, cutting of the cake, fancy tired wedding cake, bride given away by father, bridesmaids, best man, receiving line, just men doing speeches. We included lots of creative and soppy details, and prioritising fun! Guests say they were still feeling the love and humming the tunes weeks later! Our venue was an old tram shed turned gig venue – a stunning reclaimed industrial space with gorgeous natural lighting, chandeliers, industrial piping and vintage tiles.”
Ajay and Ejay were married at The Mango Farm in Antipolo, The Philippines. They chose pink and black as their colour scheme, and their theme was a mix of Converse trainers (which they both love) and music!
“We wanted to show our different personalities on our wedding day, so we started planning the wedding with just a black and pink theme”, said the bride. “Ajay was a rocker before becoming a lawyer and he’s still the vocalist of a rock band, loves wearing black shirts, and listens to Metallica. I, on the other hand, am a girly-girl. I love Hello Kitty and anything pink!”
“We incorporated other details that we both love,” she continued. “Ajay wanted to wear Chuck Taylor’s with his suit and we asked the groomsmen to wear the same. The flower girls also wore them and I changed into them for the evening. We even encouraged our guests to wear them if they wanted! On the day we were surprised that almost everyone wore them, even those who wore dresses! To fit the theme we put the Chuck Taylor image on our save the date, invitation, monogram, and table names. It became the icon that tied the whole theme together.”
Rosie and Colin live in London but wanted to get married in Scotland, where Colin is from. They took inspiration from lots of places for the theme, but the three key elements were skulls, Scotland and vintage 1920s touches.
“We took inspiration from all over the place for our wedding!” said Rosie. “I have a skull tattoo on my arm and have always loved anything including skulls! I also love the juxtaposition of skulls with other really beautiful things like flowers, I think it has such a striking impact. A lot of people don’t get the skull thing. When I spoke about some of my wedding décor ideas, some people said ‘right, so you’re having a Halloween themed wedding?’. Far from it! When everyone saw it come together they all loved it.”
Hands up if you love a little bit of sparkle and a lot of rainbow? Then prepare to fall in love. Zoe and David’s wedding has both coming out the wazoo! They were married in a church but had the reception in David’s great aunt’s garden.
“It’s difficult to have a truly unique wedding – you think you’ve thought of something independently and then the next blog you see its already been done!” Zoe wrote. “I think there’s a real upside to this, in seeing how people have already done things. No competition, all collaboration! David and I were so lucky in all the support we had from our amazing friends and family. It was such an epic day. So full of love and fun.”
So I KNOW you’re all desperate to hear about Zoe’s dress! Well, it was from one of my favourite Etsy sellers, Ouma. She has it customised from this dress and only cost her £120. What a bargain! Her shoes were Irregular Choice.
There was also plenty of DIY in this wedding including the bridesmaid dresses, the cake, the stationery and the food. “The wedding meal was a big family effort”, she said. “My brother made vegetable kebabs, my sister made nibbles. Two South African friends cooked the BBQ – they refused to cook anything that wasn’t meat so another friend, Pete, did the vegetables! We also had an ice cream stall from The Icicle Tricycle Cambridge which was a real hit.”
Luana & Aruanã met at work and were engaged within three months! They were married at Recanto do Barão, in Brazil. “We were going for an alternative shabby chic wedding”, said the bride. “We wanted to have a wedding that looked personal and had a lot of our lives and personality in it. We also wanted it to have a backyard feel.”
“We both got involved in the DIY”, she continued. “All the decorations and the art elements were very important to us. Many personal objects were added into the decorations and Aruanã made the brownies that we served on the reception! We painted 150 gold bottles for the flowers, did ceremony bells, pom poms, finished the invitations with sealing wax and tags, and painted golden frames to hang on the tree. My mom sewed many felt hearts and she also did crochet towels for the tables.”
Debbie and Angelo picked an unusual venue for their September wedding – a cow shed! In fact when they visited the farm before they booked it, there was actually cows living in it!
“We were determined not to have a traditional reception venue or anything that resembled a package wedding”, said the bride. “We just wanted to fill our wedding with things we love. That includes Angelo’s batman socks and Star Wars cuff links, the James Bond themed Martini reception drinks, the Mariachi band, the homemade tea leaf bar, the tuk tuk to take us to our reception, the travel themed tables and the jam jar cups for every guest. All these are things that we love and remind us of some of the best times in our lives.”
“The reception venue was probably one of the most unique things about our wedding, certainly in terms of what our guests were used to. Before the wedding most of them didn’t know what to expect, and to be honest I think they all thought we were mad. But on the day they were all amazed at what we were able to do with a barn which, when we first visited it, had cows living in it!”