Laid Back Festival Inspired DIY Wedding

Emma + Rich

January 3, 2017


They wanted a laid back wedding with lots of food and drink, so Kara and Ash planned a festival inspired wedding for July. They had a small budget, but with a help and ideas from Rock n Roll Bride and Pinterest they were able to pull of a wonderful and really personal wedding.

“The day was about US!” began Kara. “It’s a day about our commitment to each other and we both just love a get together with good food, drinks galore and live music…so we figured we’d bring it to Scarborough with our friends and family. The thing we loved about our wedding was that it wasn’t just us that had fun – our guests really enjoyed it too.”


As transport, Kara’s mum drove the bride in her father’s old Haulage vehicle. “We had lots of unique details that were personal to us” she continued, “but one of the best was the vehicle that took me to the registry office. It was my grandfather’s and I was driven by my mum. It was taking its final delivery that day and it was a very memorable moment for both of us.”


The reception space was set up by the couple themselves and they also crafted the majority of the decor. “I made all the bunting for the decoration and the jars for the candles and flowers. My bridesman’s mum made the buttonholes and crochet peacock feathers, and all the signage was recycled made from pallets and old shop signs. The cakes were made by family and friends, the underskirt of my dress was something I DIY’d myself, and the bowties were handmade by Ash’s mum. We also made the confetti cones from an old calendar!”


“The favourite moment for both of us was when I walked down the aisle. Ash said seeing me was very emotional and me seeing him tear up was very special. Just the enormous amount of love we felt that day was everyone was amazing.”


“Our biggest expense was the venue” she concluded. “We hired out the whole of Pinewood Park for the full weekend, but we don’t regret it one bit. It was the perfect venue for us and the owners couldn’t have been more helpful and supportive of us and our big day. We saved the most with all the DIY projects and by getting our outfits from the high street and customising them ourselves.”


“I ended up purchasing a dress for less than £150 after trying all these beautiful gowns that would have cost me the same as our catering! By the end of the day I had spilt Pimms down it and rolled around in the grass! The only thing we’d change is I wish we’d hired a wedding planner to help us out on the day. It would have meant I would have stressed less and started to enjoy myself sooner.”