Halloween Wedding with Classic Horror Movie Fancy Dress

We feature a lot of Friday the 13th and Halloween weddings on Rock n Roll Bride (and we love them!) but Alexis and Jeff took it to the NEXT LEVEL with their DIY Halloween themed wedding, where they were made up as Frankenstein’s monster and his bride. Yep, you read that right.

“We both love Halloween, and so when we saw there was a Friday 13th in October last year, we knew it was right!” Alexis explains. “Our theme was a Classic Horror Movie Monsters Halloween Party.”

Alexis and Jeff hired a professional make-up artist to make the wedding party look like the classic horror movie monsters: the bride and groom were Frankenstein’s monster and his bride; her bridesmaids were The Creature From The Black Lagoon and The Mummy, and the groomsmen were Dracula and Wolfman. Alexis’ dad walked her down the aisle as the Phantom of the Opera, and they were married by Dr Frankenstein. This was their biggest expense of the whole day!

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Rockabilly, Sailor Jerry & Tattoo Themed Pub Wedding for £2000

When the couple met via an Instagram account called “The bearded pantie droppers“, you know it’s going to be a good wedding. And you’d be right – Rose and Matt’s rockabilly pub wedding day was a glorious melee of everything they loved including donuts, tattoos and Sailor Jerry. Not only that, but it was all done for £2000. TWO. THOUSAND. POUNDS!

“The inspiration for our wedding was Sailor Jerry, as an artist and the rum,” Rose and Matt explain, “so all of our ideas stemmed and evolved from that. Rose has a mild neon lighting obsession also, so our centrepieces were Sailor Jerry rum bottles we’d collected with an artificial rose in each, and a neon light saying ‘love’ leaning against them, as well as a heart-shaped circus-style light.”

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Succulent-Filled South of France Themed Wedding… with a Rice Krispie Wedding Cake!

Although they’d gone to the same school and have family members who’ve known each other since they were tiny, Kirsten and Jack’s paths didn’t cross until a Christmas Eve pub visit in 2013. They had their first date that same Boxing Day and have been together ever since! As it has a way of doing, life tried to throw a spanner in the works when a month into their relationship, Jack was offered a job in Nice. They did long distance for a year and then Kirsten followed her heart and moved to France to be with Jack. It’s there, after three years, that they got engaged, so it made sense for the South of France to feature heavily in their Glaswegian wedding!

Kirsten, with a background in theatre and events design, took great delight in designing the look of the wedding and let her creativity go wild. Inspired by the tropical flowers and foliage of Nice, palm trees, birds of paradise and succulents featured heavily throughout.

They collected pebbles from the beach (and ferried them home in their suitcases for 18 months before the wedding!) to use along the aisle and as place settings. Their guests also enjoyed chocolate pebbles as favours, and each went home with a cactus, palm tree or leaf enamel pin as a memento from the day, which Kirsten loved seeing everyone wear in the evening.

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Dark Boudoir Bridal Shoot With Greenery and Florals

When we hear the phrase ‘boudoir shoot’, there have been enough bad ones gone before to throw up connotations in the mind of something tacky, pandering to the male gaze, and overly sexualised for the wrong reasons. Today’s editorial couldn’t leave this further behind with its strong female subject who isn’t looking for anyone’s approval or attention, fresh and contemporary greenery, and a bright palette of whites, greens and pinks. And if that entire sassy black underwear range isn’t in your online shopping basket by the time you’re done here, we need to have words.

Taking place at The Prettiest Pieces in Greensboro, North Carolina, this shoot aimed to show that bridal boudoir doesn’t have to be ‘all white and bright’, that it can be darker, moodier, and be just as beautiful. It’s all about rocking your individual style, no matter what that is, and proving wrong the assumptions that these things must look a certain way or they’re not ‘bridal’. Which is what we’re all about here, as you know!

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Laidback New York City Hall Elopement

Niamh and Jasper kept it real and romantic with their wedding, secretly eloping to New York to get married. After a run of deaths in both of their families, they decided they wanted to have something happy instead of sad to celebrate – and they created something beautiful, too.

“We had the standard New York City Hall ceremony,” they say, “which was actually really nice and much more intimate than we thought it could be, considering the style and speed and amount of weddings taking place all at the same time. The man who married us was called Angel Lopez, so we got married by an Angel in New York!”

Niamh’s wedding outfit was a baby blue House of Holland skirt, a Skate tee, and some lush  Jeremy Scott x Melissa mules, whilst Jasper wore Nigel Cabourn trousers, a Carhartt shirt and a Finisterre t-shirt. Just like their ceremony, it was relaxed and totally gorgeous!

After their ceremony at city hall, Niamh, Jasper and their two witnesses went for drinks on the roof at the Crown, wandered around Chinatown, and then had dinner at Prime Meats Brooklyn, fitting in some dreamy portraits beneath the Manhattan Bridge too.

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The “Fuck It!” Bucket

Stressed out with wedding planning? Aleisha McCormack of The Bridechilla Podcast is here to show you how to throw all that wed-stress into the Fuck It Bucket!

There’s something pretty freaking empowering about saying no to things that you thought you needed but you don’t.

To get married, you really only need three things: you, your partner, and someone to marry you. That’s it. All of the other stuff is fun (and sometimes unnecessary) icing on the cake and those extras are often the things that stress us out the most.

The concept of being a Bridechilla, well my interpretation, is all about simplifying the wedding planning process and removing all of the extra tasks, stress, and stuff that we’ve been told over and over again that we need when in reality, they are entirely optional. It’s about enjoying the process and focusing on what matters the most… that you’ve found your fellow weirdo and you and that weirdo are planning an awesome party together.

The concept of the fuck it bucket isn’t new (people have been putting stuff in it for years!), however in this instance I was inspired by a Reddit/Weddit thread, where couples listed all of the details and worries that they were going to ditch. My interpretation of the Bridechilla fuck it bucket is that it is a magical vessel where all of your wedding expectations, tasks, and unfinished DIY projects go.

The fuck it bucket (FIB for short) comes in handy when disposing of the things that you initially thought were important, but six months (or six minutes) in you realise aren’t worth it. It can include traditions, expectations, trends, gifts and well-intentioned DIY projects can all find a new home in the FIB. Everyone’s FIB contains different things, and that is A-OK.

Recently a wedding planner I had as a guest on the Bridechilla Podcast suggested that we should reverse the process by putting everything in the FIB to start with and by doing this only retrieving things that are really important. Start simple and add-on.  Here are but a few suggestions of things that you can place in the FIB and watch burn.

EXTRA WEDDING EVENTS

The day after party/brunch/lunch can be an excellent way to share some more time with your guests, but like many wedding-related events, they can also feel like an extra production. What used to be just “Let’s meet for a brunch or a BBQ,” has turned into “Let’s plan a third wedding.” Some people create fully catered events with staff and fancy china – who has the time? (or the budget?) If you are keen to host a day-after event but lack time and money to organise it, consider asking your in-laws or extended family to host the event (which is a great job to pass on, especially if they are keen to help). If you just want to call it a day at the end of your wedding and go home or off to a honeymoon somewhere delicious, then chuck the day-after events straight into the FIB and move on with your life.

GIFTS, GIFTS AND MORE GIFTS

One of my favourite things to chuck straight in the FIB is gifts.

Gifts for the bridal, gifts for the parents, gifts for the driver that drove you to the venue. I mean, we seem a little bit obsessed with giving people gifts. Don’t get me wrong; I love gifts – I love receiving gifts, I love giving gifts. But at the moment, we are going through a gift-giving renaissance. And the renaissance needs to end because The Bridechilla community is swamped with messages from Chillas saying:

I don’t know what to give this person as a gift.
I feel stressed about having to find a gift.
I haven’t got time to think about a gift.
Do I need to give them a gift?
How much should I spend on the gift?
When should I give them the gift?
Do I need to give them a gift to say, “Would you be in my bridal party?”
Do I need to give them a gift to say, “Thanks for organising”?

No! Stop it! Stop with the gifts. It stresses me out, man. And again, it’s like the gift bag. The thought is lovely, but no one’s going to judge you, or think any less of you, if you don’t give them a special wine bottle with a personalised label that says “Will you be my bridesmaid?” And another special box of perfume to say “Thank you for being my bridesmaid.” A card, or something handwritten and delightful, is perfect and much more personalised and thoughtful, especially if you’re on a budget. Excess gifts are in the FIB now.

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