When it came to choosing a venue for Becky and Ian’s October wedding, there was only one place in contention – Cottiers Theatre in Glasgow. “The venue really set the tone for our wedding,” Becky explained. “It’s a stunning old church in the West End of Glasgow, which is now a restaurant and theatre. I was the last baby to be christened there when it was a church so to us if felt like a no brainer that that is where we should get married.”
Its’ beautiful gothic setting with medieval vibes suited the couple – as lovers of autumn, they wanted an October wedding to make the most of the beautiful crisp nights that Glasgow has to offer and their children are Halloween obsessed, so they let all the kids change into fancy dress for the reception.
Originally the couple had planned a small wedding, but they soon found with big families and large friendship circles that it was more difficult than they first thought to keep numbers low. “I wish I’d known how quickly things can grow arms and legs,” laughed Becky, “there was so many times when we both said to each other ‘lets just take the kids and run’. To be honest I’m not really one for wanting to be the centre of attention. I can get really self conscious and before I knew it I’d planned this massive wedding where I’d have to walk down the aisle in-front of 80-odd guests and have my first dance in front of about 180 folk. But Ian would calm me down and bring me back down to earth and remind me why we were getting married in the first place. When we were told that his dad was coming over from South Africa to see us get married we just thought ‘right that it. It’s going ahead! We can’t run now.’ And I’m really glad we didn’t.”
As parents themselves, Arron and Casey based their wedding around how they felt when they took their kids to other peoples weddings. “I wanted everyone to feel comfortable,” the bride explained. “It didn’t matter to us if children were running around crazy, in fact we put everything into making it the sort of atmosphere that our friends and family would want to bring their children along to.”
A series of unfortunate events with their original reception venue meant that, with just three weeks before the big day, the couple’s bridal party rallied around to find them a place to party – a disused cow-shed on a very much working farm wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but Arron and Casey didn’t let that perturb them!
“It was hard work organising everything but we wouldn’t change a thing,” explained Casey. “I threw my all into DIY-ing decorations – the table plan, centrepieces, I filled the whole barn and marquee with stuff I’d made – and people still talk about our wedding a year later.”
Hannah and Bob’s love story is particularly sweet. “One of our mutual friends hosted a barbecue that we both went to,” Hannah began. “My son (who was dressed as Jack Sparrow and behaving like a pirate!) took a shine to Bob and spend most of the day playing with him, leaping on him and calling him ‘Mr Poopypants’. I couldn’t help but fall for the handsome giant who clicked so well with the most important person in my life!”
When it came to planning their August wedding, they combined both of their interests – Bob is a farmer and Hannah, an artist, so the order of the day was for colourful, hand-crafted decor within a gorgeous farm setting.
Amy and Josh skipped the formal wedding part for their June celebration, and just hosted one great big party! “We were engaged at Burning Man and have had some of our best memories there,” explained the bride, “we wanted the wedding to be representative of this. We wanted the whole vibe to be care-free, whimsical and colourful. We love bold, crazy patterns so that was the only décor consideration – the brighter the better!”
With a $42,000 to play with, they had budget to throw one hell of a party. Hosted at Venue 550 in San Francisco with planning by Two Perfect Events, they put together a lot of décor on their own, and had their planner oversee everything on the day so they were free to party! They filled the space with rented neon signs from Flashing Blinky Lights and balloons. Instead of a stuffy formal meal, they hired food trucks for their guests. Entertainment was provided in the form of karaoke, and the perfect addition to any good party? An open bar, of course!
Alanna and Nuge ummed and ahhed for years about what they wanted from their wedding day, finally biting the bullet and going with their gut three years after they got engaged, and planning the whole thing in just three weeks! They were ahead of their time, having a micro wedding with just five guests – their parent’s and the bride’s Nana.
Their intimate day was held at the Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar, which at the time of booking, they didn’t realise had been the hotel that Alanna’s grandparents had stayed at on their wedding night! How sweet!
The beautifully renovated Scottish hotel needed little in the way of the decor, aside from some stunning florals by Hays Flowers. Alanna knew even before she was engaged that she would NEVER wear a white wedding dress, and found ‘The One’ years before even getting engaged. “My dress was bought from Blush Bridal in Fraserburgh, it was the Enzoani Joselina in black! One of my best friends works in the bridal shop, and when this dress arrived in the shop a few years ago, she instantly knew I’d eventually get married in it. I wasn’t even engaged at the time, but she was absolutely right! Being an ‘out of date’ dress, as in no longer the current collection or being made anymore, I also saved a fortune.”
Melyssa and Emily met on the internet in 2005 – back when it was the scary way to meet people! Emily was in America and Melyssa, Australia – they exchanged emails and the rest, as they say, is history.
When it came to planning their September wedding, they wanted a day that felt intimate, light-hearted and as if they were just chilling out in their lounge. With a $9,000 budget, they set about to create just that. Firstly they found their ceremony venue – Blenheim Beach Reserve in Vincentia, NSW, and then they hired an AirBnb just up the road for their reception.
The whole thing was planned in just a few weeks – with Emily’s family deciding to come out on holiday from the U.S with little notice, the couple jumped at the chance of having both their families on one continent and planned it quickly.
They brought the lounge vibe into their ceremony by hiring mismatched chairs, rugs and a coffee table to set as their backdrop. They walked down the aisle together with their three children; having been together for 15 years already, they didn’t want to walk down separately, and wanted to begin their union as a family unit.
Another personal touch was the inclusion of a coffee during ritual; “Every decision we make, large or small, are always taken over coffee,” the couple explained. “Conversations and plans are made with a coffee first, so it only made sense that we include it in our wedding day!”