Carly and Tom were inspired by their love of nature and luxury for their June 2019 wedding in East Sussex, England. Armed with a budget of £12,000, they set about creating an intimate day full of glamour and opulence, with the aid of Rock n Roll Bride, of course!
“We wish we knew how much fun wedding planning would be!” said Carly. “Everyone goes on about how stressful it is but we just found planning each element so much fun. Just follow the books’ checklist and you can’t step wrong!”
James and Amy’s cosy, mid-century living room themed wedding was inspired by their own living room! They tried to express their love of classic Danish furniture and mid-century stylings, working closely with a props company to create an atmosphere of warmth, cosiness and Hygge. They also used lots of subtle lighting to embellish the already grand ambiance of the Empire Music Hall. “We wanted everyone at our wedding to have the feeling of being at home.” said Amy.
They wed at a simple register office ceremony in the opulent Belfast City Hall with 60 of their closest friends and family in February, followed by a photo shoot around their favourite spots in the city.
A decade after they were set up on a blind date, Chris and Stephen married in a Pagan ceremony at The Hamlet Court Hotel in Meath, Ireland on 3rd May 2019. As they are both musicians and go to a lot of concerts together, they wanted a lot of musical influence over the day. Chris originally wanted to get married outdoors, like a ‘real Pagan’, so they tried to have some woodsy touches too to bring the outside in – and so their weird and wonderful wedding theme was formed!
With a budget of €10,000 they dropped a big chunk on they venue, but it was a big package deal with many extras included. “I know package weddings get a bad rep, but it was a great way to have it all without overspending,” said Chris. “We had a bonus The Hamlet Court Hotel is about as far from a cookie-cutter venue as you can get – it had a wonderfully warm atmosphere there and felt like a little home away from home.” They brought in decor and props themselves, with the help of friends and family – everything from the archway to the confetti was painstakingly handmade.
As this was not their first time ’round the block’, Peter and Julia wanted to do something different for their April 2019 wedding day, something that joined their interests and focused on entertaining their guests. They chose a medieval themed wedding – specifically, the year 1342 – and started by planning the party that they wanted to have and went from there. They knew their venue would shape everything else about their day, eventually settling on Manor By The Lake in Gloucestershire, and the rest followed.
On their invites, wax sealed of course, the couple requested that their guests join in their theme with appropriate clothing, either by wearing their own or those provided on the day, and even no technology! It was important that they kept their day as authentic and immersive for themselves and their guests as possible, and they were thrilled when their friends and family joined in with gusto.
Jayne and Pen met seven years ago when Pen was playing at a Battle of Bands and his drumstick hit Jayne on the head! He offered to buy her a drink as an apology, and the rest, as they say, is history.
When it came to their wedding day, they didn’t set out to be different as such, but they just knew what they did and didn’t want and made it happen. They wanted a fun day full of things they like, without too much formality or tradition. “Pen always said if he ever got married he wanted to wear a white suit,” said Jayne, “so that’s what he did! I went to one bridal shop and felt so out of place in every dress I tried on, I wanted to be comfortable so I chose a dress from ASOS which was a lot more ‘me’.” Pairing it was a custom painted leather jacket, Irregular Choice shoes and a flower crown completed her look.
Brad and Rachel value their individuality so it was a no-brainer to the couple that their June 2019 wedding reflected everything that they hold dear. They also wanted to make sure that they didn’t sweat the small stuff, that they focused on having a good time over spending a lot of money, and they wanted it to be real.
As an ode to Rachel’s upbringing in the English countryside, the day was held at Greenacres Colney, Norfolk with a reception at a local village hall. They had a budget of £5000 to spend on their big day and they achieved it by focusing on he things that were important to them, and spending five hours the night before the wedding setting up the hall themselves.