Vicky and Phil’s May 2019 wedding was inspired by their love of colour, Lucha Libre wrestling and cacti. With a budget of £13,500, their venue – West Bay at Titanic Hotel, Liverpool – was their biggest expense, but they loved it as soon as they saw it and were so happy with how they ran the day. It also included the catering, which was a big thing to tick off their list!
The best thing about planning their wedding was being able to make it tailored to them – they didn’t worry about whether it was traditional or ‘weddingy’ – if they wanted it, they had it! They had two best men and a best woman. Their 3-month old son sat at the top table with them. They had no idea what the other was wearing – and each ended up in a blue outfit with red shoes!
Vicky wore a custom Couture Company dress, with jewellery by Curiology and Sugar and Vice and headpiece by Off With Her Head Millinery. Phil’s Next suit was custom-lined with sugar skull fabric, paired with tie and pocket squares that were made by a friend. Vicky made the bridesmaids and flower girls’ bouquets.
Pinterest inspired them to be colourful; they sourced lots of sugar-skulls from TK Maxx and Homesense and colourful table runners from eBay. Brightly-coloured tea light holders came from Poundland, and the cactus vases were from George at Asda. They gave out mini-cacti as wedding favours. Vicky made the flowers for the flower girls and bridesmaids, sourced the components with the centrepieces and made the place names – decorating mini plant pots or mini skulls.
Their ceremony was short but sweet – just as they wanted it. They’re both shy and didn’t want to be the centre of attention, and they also wanted to get on with the party! They celebrated with a wrestling-themed cake by Anita’s Wicked Cakes and a DJ and partied until the early hours with their closest family and friends.
“The best advice we had, and that we’d like to pass onto other couples, is to take time with each other to just soak it all up,” concluded Vicky. “Even if it’s just for 20 minutes – everyone wants a piece of you on the day and so much is going on but some of the best moments were just the two of us, in our little bubble… And make sure you eat!”
- Photography: The Struths
- Venue: West Bay at Titanic Hotel, Liverpool
- Bride's Dress: The Couture Company
- Bride's Necklace: Sugar and Vice
- Bride's Headpiece: Off With Her Head Millinery
- Make Up: Glamorama Makeup
- Groom's Suit: Next
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Lindy Bop
- Cake: Anita’s Wicked Cakes
- Stationery Design: WowWowMeow
- DJ: Prestige Entertainment