Sara and Thom made their family and friends the focus for their summer wedding; they wanted to create a comfortable space for everyone to hang out, get to know each other, have good food and just enjoy themselves. Most of their friends and family were travelling out of state to join them in their celebrations, so they wanted to make it kid friendly so everyone could relax together, too.
Aesthetically, they didn’t really have a theme, but they wanted their personal styles to be reflected in their decor. “We wanted sort of an eclectic vintage boho modern vibe without looking too trendy,” said Sara. “But I have to admit we didn’t need to do much because our venue was already perfect. I mean – open air chapel built with antique doors found in Paris, overlooking a pasture where horses are galloping by during the ceremony? We didn’t need a theme!”
Ashleigh and Ric decided early on in their engagement what they didn’t want for their wedding day; “We knew from the get-go that we didn’t want to do many traditional things,” explained Ashleigh. “I didn’t wear the white dress, get married in a church, have 350 guests or to worry about chair covers. I think because we have our own house, we just couldn’t justify spending £20,000 on a wedding, which seems to be the norm in Northern Ireland!”
Instead, in August, they had a minimalist day that was true to themselves and expressed their love of colour and fun. They didn’t want anything over the top so focused their £4,000 budget on areas that meant the most to them, and ignored people when they tried to tell them how they should or shouldn’t be doing things!
Lex had studied Victorian literature for many years and therefore, has dreamed of having a gothic inspired wedding day for almost as long. When her and partner Marc booked a holiday to Ireland, they decided it would be the perfect time to get married, and so planned the whole thing in just three months! Joined by some of their closest friends with their families Skyping in for the ceremony, they planned a simple day that was relaxing and fun.
Held at Farrier & Draper, a suitably dark and moody cocktail bar in Dublin, the couple relied on the beautiful decor to accessorise their day . In fact, the only props they brought with them were two skull candles to light during the ceremony. As Lex wears black “98% of the time”, a black dress was an obvious choice for her – and she saved a pretty penny as she was able to get a beautiful dress without adding the price of ‘bridal’ to it! Marc wore a black velvet suit jacket and tuxedo pants, and their few guests stuck to the dress-code of wearing dark colours too.
Margoe and Charlie were heavily inspired by their favourite books, Lord of the Rings, for the theme for their July 2019 wedding. They really wanted a dark, magical forest vibe for the day. Armed with a $50,000 budget, they employed Kim from Your Perfect Bridesmaid to help bring their vision to life.
Held at Skamania Lodge, a boutique hotel resort near Stevenson, Washington set in a gorge where swift waters meet evergreen forest, it was the perfect setting for their Lord of the Rings themed day. Their decor included books from their own collection adorning tables, antlers and skulls and tons of dark foliage to help accentuate their surroundings.
Rebecca and Tom had an unusual inspiration for the theme of their wedding day – their own house! “We got engaged in our ‘blue room’,” explained Rebecca, “which is a deep teal and we’ve decorated it with copper accents. We then went wedding venue shopping and saw Wylam Brewery in Newcastle had similar features to our house – blues and greys, parquet flooring, industrial decoration. Tom was also keen to use as much wedding stuff in our house afterwards and because Wylam is a similar age and style to our house, we wanted to make wedding features and decoration that would look fitting in both.
Married in July with a £16,000 budget, the couple enjoyed a long engagement and so had the luxury of time to do plenty of DIY. “We made absolutely everything we could ourselves,” said Rebecca, “not only to save money but also because we couldn’t find what we wanted out there already! It was hard to stay focused at times and unnerving having so long between supplier meetings, however in the last two months before the wedding, everything came together and we were able to see our vision come to life.”
The one thing that Mischa and Phil wished they knew about planning their wedding before they began was how “It’s basically like having a second job, where you work 40 hours a week and pay your employer lots of money for the privilege!” Their hard work paid off though! They wanted a day that expressed who they are and they shunned anything overly formal to have a relaxed, fun party for everyone and, as their photos show, they achieved just that.
With a £20,000 budget, Mischa and Phil focused their budget on two main areas – their venue, and their outfits. “The venue covered, food and drink and location,” explained Mischa, “so it realistically is probably great value for money in terms of what you get. But our outfits were easily the single most expensive spend. It’s insane to think that you will literally spend thousands of dollars on something that you wear one day. However, I do not regret how much we spent on them as I think it paid off.