1950s, Rockabilly and Polkadot Wedding: Carrie & Neil

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Carrie and Neil had a red and white wedding with rockabilly and polka dot touches! The day was held at Highbury Hall in Birmingham and was full of DIY décor. “We would like to think we were far more relaxed, friendly and laid-back than other wedding we have been to”, began the bride. “So many weddings we have been to seem so stiff and uptight as a whole. We wanted a fun party atmosphere with a live band playing lots rockabilly, plenty of food for people to stuff their faces, and encouraged dancing until your feet dropped off. The word ‘formal’ never entered our vocabulary.”


Carrie wore a custom dress from Honeypie Boutique, which she loved! “I never wanted my dress to be long. I went to a few bridal shops and never liked the look of anything on offer. I made the mistake of asking one shop owner if they had anything short or polka dot and I was greeted with a look as if I was a mad woman. Honeypie Boutique were a life saver. I actually got a polka dot dress that didn’t have to drag along the floor and annoy me all night!”

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“Our favourite thing about our wedding was having everybody we care about in one place together”, she continued. “Its amazing how much you can get caught up in life sometimes and probably don’t make enough effort to see some friends or family members when you’re busy. To have everybody around us that we loved and cared about made the whole day feel so wonderfully special. It felt like the best night out of all time!”

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“Also, the decorations were amazing if we do say so ourselves. They were all DIY and because the building we were married in was already so beautiful and historical, it didn’t need a lot to make the place look good. It was wonderful to see all our hard DIY work put together and actually look better than we imagined in our minds when planning the day and making all the bunting and jam jar vases. We saved money on lots of little things. We were also very lucky to win our wedding photography in a contest which was a massive help!”


“I never really saw the point in spending over £1000 on a dress I would wear once and not really like all that much. My dress cost just under £200 and I couldn’t have loved it more. Also, it really helped that we didn’t like the unoriginal extra add ons that nobody would miss… like chair covers! Give me the distressed wood look any day.”

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  1. Angela

    Oh my goodness, this is beautiful! Carrie, I adore the cake and your necklace! Can you please tell me where you had your necklace made, it is beautiful! Would have looked perfect at my wedding too! 🙂

  2. This is so effin gorgeous! I thought I would never want to get married again but this feature totes makes me wanna. What an awesome dress – and I love the bridesmaids dresses! I die…

  3. Alex Williams

    @Angela the necklace is made by a by bete noire on etsy.com. She did me some tattoo glitter heart ratings for my wedding.

  4. Alex Williams

    Fab wedding, same theme I had polka dots and 1950s. Except my bridesmaids was black band white. Bride looks amazing! …And a fellow Brummie! Xxx

  5. Kelly Jinks

    This is amazing!! However I am slightly bias as my wedding coming this July will be very similar! So fabulous taste!

  6. Samantha Thomsen

    Fabulous!!! Nothing more to say really just wished I’d been there to enjoy your special day Carrie xx

  7. WOWSERS. I love the 50s, just love them. So many cool things, polka dots, fringes, very flattering cuts on the dresses, awesome clothes, and fabby music. Nice to see such great attention and such a strong theme throughout. What a fabulous day. xx

  8. Angela

    Thank you so much Carrie! 🙂 I have now ordered some items from the lovely Bete Noire, her stuff is beautiful! 🙂 Beautiful wedding, thanks so much for sharing! x

  9. Such a sweet looking couple and clearly so much thought into the details and style of the day. Beautifully captured!

  10. Patrice rice

    Beautiful…..One question are those tattoos on your legs ? Or are they nylons that say love ??? If nylons can you please let me know where you got them.. thank you

  11. Melanie Donohoe

    What a gorgeous wedding, love the dress, shoes , the brides hair is fabulous and the decor was lovely. Definitely the sortbof wedding I would like.

  12. Sabrina Kamara

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful day and picture perfect style. It has been super helpful for me as I plan my own vintage 1940s wedding. May you live happily ever after.

  13. Lizzie Crumbleholme

    I’ve fell in love with a dress on the honeypie boutique. Are they Good? Any tips ordering with them? Thanks

  14. Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous wedding! You have no idea how much it inspired my own wedding back in May 2014! Even though I thought I was doing almost a copycat wedding, my interpretations somehow became different and unique to our own style. I celebrated on a party canal barge, so it was bound to be different, but at least my poor sister/maid of honour finally got decisions on style and content to work on, thanks to this inspirational article. Thank you for helping me organise the best day of my life!X


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