Author Archives: Sophie Cooke

Eighties Heavy Metal Concert for Rock Royalty Wedding

Alex and Ashley are bonafide rockstars through and through – even their engagement was Rock n Roll!

“We were travelling home from the first of eight weddings we were attending in 2017, and had spent the whole day joking about how awesome it would be to do a heavy metal wedding; what plans we’d make and touches we’d have to make the day inspired by us,” explained Ashley. “While we were doing a touch of dream shopping before the flight, Alex fell in love with with a jacket that fit him perfectly. I told him he had to get it and he responded ‘The only way I’m going to buy this is if you promise me I can wear it down the aisle in our Rock n Roll wedding!’ I told him that would be fine by me… a couple of tentative ‘OMG are we really going to do this?’ moments later and that was that, we were engaged!”

They picked their outfits out then and there and that sealed the deal. On the plane ride home, they composed the entire ceremony and music. Within a week they had a venue and their completed outfits. They decided to have the wedding in the same October, which gave them under five months to plan.

The inspiration for their day was music, of course. They based every decision around creating a high-end concert atmosphere. They both love dark/romantic themes which go hand-in-hand with Rock n Roll history, and were particularly inspired by 80s heavy metal.“We wanted to feel like rock royalty!” they explain.

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Vintage, Bohemian Wedding with Succulents, Skulls and Taxidermy

Ryann and Michael always knew they wanted to have a bohemian, vintage wedding, so when it came to planning their big day, they already knew where to start. “I wanted the day to feel like we were in a magical world away from the city and our lives, and for our guests to look around and say ‘this is exactly like Michael and Ryann’” she explained.

To do this, they made sure they had loads of personal touches in their decor, including bringing props from their own home. “The bull skull behind the head table actually hangs in our living room,” Ryann continued. “We had our florist decorate it with flowers, and felt that using it in our decor would help personalise the space as ours.” They had a vintage globe for their guests to sign in lieu of a guestbook, which will then sit in their home as a memento.

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Colourful, Fairground Themed Wedding by the Sea

Adam and Katie met when Katie’s friend swiped right for him on her behalf on Tinder. “I turned up to our first date wearing pom-pom shoes, a pineapple shaped handbag and a striped pinafore dress – I wanted to be clear on what he was letting himself in for!” laughed Katie. When it came to planning their wedding, they used just one form of inspiration; Rock n Roll Bride magazine, of course!

“I actively avoided Pinterest and other wedding magazines as I didn’t want to replicate anything anyone else had done before, but Rock n Roll Bride gave me the reassurance to just do us! I wanted our day to reflect everything Adam and I loved, and really encourage the fun in it all!”

Their starting point was their love for Felixstowe and the seaside, which developed into a crazy, carnival and funfair themed extravaganza. There we no rules, if they saw something they liked, they bought it – inflatable dinosaur, check! Winnie the Pooh Balloon, check! Ice cream honeycombs, check! Inflatable seagulls – double check!!

“When we were decorating the venue, I kept yelling to everyone ‘remember – unicorn vomit is the vibe!’” laughed Katie. “As my dad put up the hundredth lantern he tentatively suggested that that might be enough, and my reply was ‘it will never be enough; more, more, more!”

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Gothic, Halloween & Harry Potter Themed Wedding in a Castle!

Marc and Chloe have always been interested in gothic style and an alternative lifestyle – meeting at a metal gig in 2012 – so it was never a question that they’d have anything other than a wedding that reflected their true selves!

Their venue, an actual real-life castle, was the perfect setting for their gothic and Halloween inspired day. Hedingham Castle in Essex is a nine-hundred year old Norman castle, full of medieval splendour. They had their ceremony within the castle itself, before moving to a marquee for their reception.

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Colourful Drag Sensation Wedding… with Stripping Nuns!

Carrie and Neil were introduced on Twitter by a mutual friend, and quickly bonded over their love of gin and drag. When it came to planning their wedding, the couple wanted the day to be laid back and relaxed, but also outlandish and fun – just like them!

They splashed their cash on the things that mattered most to them, like the entertainment, food and booze, and abandoned or adapted traditions that didn’t suit them. Their flowers were all silk – mainly from Ikea, with the bride’s bouquet from TK Maxx. They had Colin and Connie Caterpillar wedding cakes from M&S and instead of hiring a fancy wedding car, the wedding party hopped on the bus to the venue! This not only saved them hundreds of pounds, but also allowing them to stop for a cheeky pint on the way.

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Colourful Roald Dahl Themed Wedding with Bonus Bees!

Elly and Chris have always been inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, and as they hadn’t seen the theme being used before, thought it could be one they could let their creativity loose with – even if they did have to be careful with which table they named The Twits!

As well as naming their tables after his books, they also had Roald Dahl influences in their decorations, their incredible four-tiered homemade wedding cakes and stationery. They had little plushie Roald Dahl characters dotted around the venue, and some favourite quotes from the author as decor.

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