Lucy and Sean were married at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. A bright, white and modern interior, this venue was the perfect backdrop for them to put their own colourful stamp on.
“We’re both music lovers and our favourite bands influenced the table decorations and the music that shaped the day”, Lucy began. “There was nothing too formal or traditional, no pastels and no cutesy bridesmaid dresses! Whilst many venues do a lot of the work for you with their set wedding packages, Fazeley Studios let us run wild and create our perfect day.”
“I would describe our wedding theme as bright, fresh, bursting with clashing rainbow colours and a dose of rock n roll”, she continued. “We had gigantic helium balloons with brightly coloured ribbon lining the aisle – until one of them exploded just before the ceremony! It gave those already gathered a shock and it was a good job I didn’t hear it – I’m terrified of balloons popping! We decided to have them lining the room for the meal instead of in the centre of the tables after that!”
“The venue is such a great space, it doesn’t need too much fussy decoration but I made loads of pom poms from brightly coloured tissue paper to hang as a backdrop. The fishing wire got tangled so a couple of helpers had to untangle it all just before the ceremony. We made table confetti with the leftover tissue paper to brighten up the tables along with ribboned jam jars and bright flowers.”
“Sean made a great table plan based on gig posters and we decided against a traditional guest book, having a selection of postcards picked over the last year and a half for people to leave their messages on instead.”
“We splashed the cash on a decent DJ. We looked at so many who just didn’t seem right for us. Music was such a big part of our day we didn’t want to get it wrong. It was worth every penny! However we saved money on my dress. I knew I didn’t want a full length fitted wedding gown but had no idea where to start. I found it in a small shop in Brighton without really looking and it was a lot cheaper than most wedding dresses! The sash was just a roll of ribbon but was simple and bright.”
“To future brides and grooms I would say spend time finding suppliers that you like, not just booking the first thing you find”, she concluded. “Our photographer, cake designer and DJ spent time with us getting to know our likes and dislikes, and it really made a difference. Finally, throw away the wedding mags (apart from Rock n Roll Bride of course!) and ignore the people telling you that weddings need to be done a certain way. It’s your day so trust your instincts and when it all comes together it’ll be so fabulous you’ll want to do it all over again!”