Music is a massive thing for Carrie and Dee, who met at a house party after they’d finished working at Belfast Music Week in 2011, plus Carrie photographs bands for Getty Images (as well as weddings!) so it was a major theme for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Their other big love is good food and wine, so the meal had to be amazing! Basically, they said, it was all about everyone enjoying themselves.
The couple planned everything themselves. Dee had worked running Queen’s University Students’ Union for years, so he knew his way around organising an event, plus they wanted everything to be as DIY and personal as possible. Regarding a budget, Carrie said “Honestly we didn’t really set one as we had no idea where to start. Lots of friends and family helped, which made things so much easier for us, and both of us knew from the start we didn’t want to spend a fortune and end up paying for it for years to come, but we wanted to make sure it was perfect and for everyone to have an amazing time, so we cut costs where we could to keep it reasonable.”
Millie and Mitchell said their biggest aim for their wedding was to capture fun and personify it into a colourful, laid back, alternative day. They actually had two wedding days. The first was the legally recognised one at Portsmouth Register Office with 14 guests made up of their families and one close friend. They followed it with a breakfast of champions in Chambers restaurant then on to the arcades at Southsea Seafront in the rain. Then, three days later, they had a big forest festival style party with a second ceremony in a woodland shelter at the Sustainability Centre in Petersfield. Even with having two events, they kept the budget under £3k!
The couple did both days exactly how they wanted without making any sacrifices or changes to suit anyone else. They organised, decorated and sourced everything themselves over the two years leading up to the weddings. “The idea was to not have a theme or colour scheme, but to have multi-coloured everything”, began the bride. “The décor consisted mainly of paper pom poms, coloured bunting, red tassels, candles and fairy lights everywhere! Although it was utterly tiring, it made the day that much better and unique to us.”
Lizzie and Kyle’s wedding day was full of things that were personal to them as a couple, a ton of DIY, and some canny thrifting, all of which kept their budget low and the feels high.
“Our theme was a bit of a combo!” said Lizzie. “We had animals everywhere as Kyle had proposed after an amazing day at Berlin Zoo. We kept the clothing sixties-inspired as I’d found my dress early on and wanted things in-keeping with it. And as one of our first dates was a dog walk in the New Forest, colour-wise we used any colours you’d find there, so mustard yellow, heathery purples and greens, plus dusky blues. We tried to get as many bits from charity shops as possible, both for the good karma and great style. It was important to both of us to get friends involved and have a gender-equal ceremony. We tried to keep everything as family-friendly as possible, as well as relaxed and happy.”
“We bought Rock n Roll Bride magazine religiously over our 18 months of planning, and I know that Kyle really appreciated the articles for the guys – so hard to find! We wanted to make as much as we could ourselves because we have always handmade our presents for each other, and when my friends make me gifts I honestly love them to death! If I’m totally honest, it was also a bit of a platform to show off all of the things we can make – we both love a good compliment!”