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Natural & Outdoorsy Scottish Wedding

Both lovers of nature and being outdoors, Katie and Andy wanted their Scottish wedding to have a really natural feel. It was also really important to them that all their guests were relaxed and that the venue they chose could accommodate everyone they wanted to invite – including their four legged fur-babies!

“Our love of nature and being outside was the inspiration for our wedding”, said the bride. “It was very laid back and informal. Some of our guests wore elegant dresses and suits and others were in jeans and t-shirts. There was little structure to the day and was just about people mingling together and having fun in a beautiful setting.”

The day was held at Taymouth Estate near Aberfeldy. They had a hand-fasting ceremony performed by an interfaith minister. “Angie lead our ceremony. She included a story of how we met and our hopes and wishes for the future. We had a hand-fasting, with each of our bridesmaids and groomsmen draping a different coloured ribbon over our clasped hands, to represent our hopes for our marriage. We spoke personalised vows and placed our rings on our fingers with our hands still tied.”

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Pop Punk Meets Rustic Elegance

Valerie and Brian met when she was 18 and he was 23. Brian worked at a skate shop and they would routinely hang out talking about alternative ideologies and hardcore music, never thinking that their paths would cross again. Fast forward a few years and they reconnected via OKCupid and decided to meet up! In typical Jersey Shore fashion, we met for a late night cup of coffee at a diner, and a stroll on the boardwalk; the rest is history”, said Valerie.

They were married in New Jersey at The Loft at Jackʼs Barn. “As music was the glue that held all of our wedding plans together, it is only fitting that the inspiration for our wedding would be an album”, she continued. “The Bouncing Soulʼs 1999 album Hopeless Romantic was the inspiration for our wedding. Youthful, care-free, alternative, and fun, but still romantic in itʼs own right.”

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Handmade Wedding with Pops of Colour… and Dinosaurs

Diane and Topher wanted a wedding where they could be completely and utterly themselves. That meant being true to their own tastes and styles, but also not feeling extra pressure to have a wedding that was ‘cool’ just for the sake of it.

“We’re not the most out there of couples but we definitely aren’t a normal one either”, Diane laughed. “We just wanted a beautiful wedding that included some quirky touches.”

“I couldn’t say it was the most unique wedding in the world – I took a lot of inspiration from different sources (including Rock n Roll Bride) but it was ‘us’ in every way. Every single detail was thought through and meant something.”

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A Rainbow-Filled Kid’s Birthday Party Wedding

Let’s get one thing straight: Rainbow weddings are always awesome. Why pick one or two colours when you can have the entire spectrum at your disposal!? Ashley and Ben clearly took this attitude when planning their summer wedding too.

After a ceremony at Tonbridge Castle they held their colourful reception in the groom’s parent’s back garden. “Our wedding was like a kid’s birthday party!” said Ashley. “We had a lot of balloons and roughly 100 multi-coloured lanterns hanging from the marquee ceiling. We also had a bouncy castle, pick ‘n’ mix table and a photo booth. We prioritised the guests having fun over us showing off. As such, people could come wearing whatever they wanted, and they could eat and drink as much as they wanted, whenever they wanted. In short, we believe a wedding should just be an awesome party, nothing more nothing less!”

The rainbow theme filtered through into their outfits too. Ashley wore an incredible custom-made dress from The Couture Company (complete with rainbow petticoat!) Irregular Choice shoes (and rainbow sliders for the evening!) and a Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory veil. “My dress was the biggest expense at the wedding”, she explained. “Initially we were budgeting £500 for it but we decided to go the Couture Company for a consultation and I fell in love with there dresses. I ended up spending over  three times that much but there are no regrets here, my dress was perfect!”

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A Rustic & Gothic Halloween Wedding at Home

Whitney and Daniel were married at the bride’s father’s farm which not only saved money from their $10,000 budget but meant they could do whatever they wanted with the space.

Their theme for the early-October wedding was rustic Halloween and lots of skulls! “We wanted to incorporate things we love to flow with our beautiful rustic night time wedding”, said the bride. “We had skulls everywhere. The colour theme was black and seafoam green but it had a rustic touch as well. The whole thing was furthest from traditional. Everyone wore all black and Chuck Taylors, even the preacher. Our vows were edgy, the pictures were incredible. Our décor was far from anything our guests had ever seen. It was perfect.”

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Why You Should Have a Wedding Website

Setting up your own wedding website (or “wedsite” for short) is pretty much a must-do for today’s technologically-savvy couples. You might think it’s a little narcissistic or TMI to create a webpage specifically to talk about your wedding, but they’re actually really useful for your guests too.

Did you know I actually started Rock n Roll Bride in 2007 as place to share details about our wedding? It wasn’t until after we were married a year later that I morphed it into a blog to share other people’s alternative weddings and quirky inspirational ideas!

Your website will be the go-to place for all your guests to find all that extra information they might need to know about your wedding. So instead of answering the same questions about accommodation, your gift list and who your maid of honour is, you can direct them all to one online place.

You can even use a wedding website in lieu of paper invitations (just send everyone the link!) which will save you money and the environment!

There are hundreds of companies offering wedding websites and templates, but if you have no idea where to start then may I’d like to suggest the UK’s most popular (with over 17,000 couples using it last year) gettingmarried.co.uk!

Not only is it completely free to use, it’s fully flexible (meaning you can add or remove pages at ease) with a wide choice of gorgeous designs. They also have many useful features such as an RSVP manager, table planner, lift sharing and accommodation finder. 

If you’re thinking of creating your own wedding website, these are the main things you should be thinking about before you sign up:

Cost: How much is will it cost you to create and run a site?
gettingmarried.co.uk is 100% free!

Advertising: Does the creator add advertisements to your site?
gettingmarried.co.uk will never add ugly, intrusive adverts to your page.

Location: Is the website hosted by an American or British company?
Might not be a big deal to most people, but if you’re using a US based site but you’re in the UK, there may be a few formatting quirks. For example you may have to use the US date format (could be very confusing if you’re getting married on 08/05/2018 – a US site would write that as 05/08/2018!)

Domain name: What will your site be called? What options are there? Is this an extra cost? gettingmarried.co.uk have a huge range of easy to remember domain names to choose from, or the ability to input your own.

Extra features: Does the creator offer wedding-specific features like an RSVP manager, photo gallery or table planner?
gettingmarried.co.uk offer all this and then some – you can even add a lift sharing and accommodation finder option to make things really easy for your guests.

Design choice: Does the creator offer a range of site designs to match your style?
This year gettingmarried.co.uk will be launching 21 brand new template designs meaning you’ll have even more options than ever for personalising your site to suit your personal style taste or wedding theme.

Gift list: Can you add a gift list to the site?
You can integrate your Prezola wedding gift list into a gettingmarried.co.uk site so your guests don’t even need to leave your site to buy your gifts! How brilliant is that?

Setting up a wedding website is basically a must these days. It’s the easiest way to share information with your guests. So why not use the UK’s most popular site, one that’s super easy to use and is packed full of incredible free features? Start creating your free wedding website right now at gettingmarried.co.uk!