Their wedding was always going to be colourful and fun, and Oliver and Helen found pulling their theme off relatively easy, despite having a smaller that average budget of £8000. They threw tradition out of the window and simply picked things they loved and could make themselves.
“Our wedding theme was all about colour”, explained the bride. “I spent lots of time searching through Pinterest and wedding blogs (in particular, Rock n Roll Bride!) but didn’t really want to narrow my ideas down. I was desperate not to narrow down my colour scheme despite being told I probably should. I’m glad I didn’t!”
“So we decided anything colourful would work. I was really excited about creating everything myself with the help of my amazingly creative mum, sister in laws and bridesmaids. I was very lucky to have them all on board!!”
“After getting engaged (on my birthday in 2013) we knew straight away we wanted to get married on Newton Farm Beach in Scotland. it’s such a special place to us, I’ve been coming here on my summer holidays all my life, luckily Oliver loves it too! We wanted to share it with all our friends and family and throw a big fun party. The location was my favourite thing about the wedding. During our ceremony being able to look out at the sea at my favourite ever place was just the best. We had to travel over 300 miles to get here so having our wedding at this location really wasn’t the easiest, but it really was worth it.”
“We hired the camping and caravan site for our reception and had a marquee”, she continued. “I bought about 40 rolls of florist ribbon which we hung up. It took a lot of work but when we finally hoisted them up to the top of the marquee they looked amazing!”
“We had considered catering the wedding ourselves with the help of friends and family to save money, but I’m really glad we went with our caterer in the end. She was amazing, worked really hard, and was worth every penny! I would of hated having friends and family working throughout the day. Our other big expense was our photographer, Camera Hannah. We’re not very posey people so we wanted a photographer we’d feel relaxed and at ease with. I’d been bridesmaid at a wedding that Hannah had worked at a couple of years before so I knew she suited us, plus her photos are amazing and exactly what we wanted for our wedding.”
“We were able to use the talents of our friends and family as much as we could to save cash”, Helen concluded. “Everything from the music, lighting, cake, bow ties, favours, temporary tattoos, flowers, bonfire, colouring book, to the photo wall was handmade or designed someone we know. We are so lucky to have such talented people around us, it was great to get everyone involved plus save money too! We also saved money by ordering our table flowers online and having them delivered. My friend Katherine has a talent for floristry and made my bouquet as my wedding present.”