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Good Music, Food & Wine: A New Year’s Eve Wedding in Belfast

Music is a massive thing for Carrie and Dee, who met at a house party after they’d finished working at Belfast Music Week in 2011, plus Carrie photographs bands for Getty Images (as well as weddings!) so it was a major theme for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Their other big love is good food and wine, so the meal had to be amazing! Basically, they said, it was all about everyone enjoying themselves.

The couple planned everything themselves. Dee had worked running Queen’s University Students’ Union for years, so he knew his way around organising an event, plus they wanted everything to be as DIY and personal as possible. Regarding a budget, Carrie said “Honestly we didn’t really set one as we had no idea where to start. Lots of friends and family helped, which made things so much easier for us, and both of us knew from the start we didn’t want to spend a fortune and end up paying for it for years to come, but we wanted to make sure it was perfect and for everyone to have an amazing time, so we cut costs where we could to keep it reasonable.”

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Rockabilly Meets Halloween Wedding

Choosing 31st October as their wedding date, Lauren and Galen opted for a spooky Halloween theme. With a £10,000 budget they planned a wedding that was quirky, creative and a hell of a lot of fun. They had hints of the 1950s and rockabilly too.

“Our wedding was It was a bit of a mish-mash of industrial vintage (particularly with the venue we chose) mixed in with 50s rockabilly and a bit gothic”, said the bride. “We wanted to squeeze both of our broad interests in there somewhere! Our main inspiration was Halloween. It has always been my favourite day of the year, so having it on this particular day was always something I had in mind. It suited the style we wanted completely so I was overjoyed the venue had this date available!”

The day started with a small, intimate ceremony with just 45 guests. They decorated the ceremony room with lanterns running down the aisle and mini white squashes and flower-filled pumpkins scattered the room. “We kept a lot of traditional elements of a wedding and just gave them our own gothic, Halloween twist. We didn’t want to go too crazy but did want it to be different enough for people to talk about the day and remember it. I was very nervous before the ceremony but once my father had walked me up the aisle, I was absolutely fine!”

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Modern Havana Bridal Style

Today we’re sharing this fantastic shoot with a 1950s Havana is a theme that could inspire a hundred looks and ideas for your wedding day. It has heat and sultriness from its warm colour palette, and yet equally invites cooling greenery to temper that heat, and the gowns would naturally be the most skin-baring and flirtatious of numbers. Welcome to Cuba – your wedding day just got HOT.

Gretchen Dawley, who came up with the shoot to showcase her dresses, said of the collection, “Because of my fascination with history and love affair with nostalgia, I wanted to draw inspiration from influential time periods and places for my line. In order to communicate the inspiration of the concept for this shoot, I made a series of mood boards to share with each creative and told them to run with it. It was amazing to see how unified and cohesive all of the team members were without even speaking ahead of time. By the time of the shoot, it didn’t only embody how lively, vibrant, and untouched Havana is, but it had this old-world moody vibe, with all the pale hues and colour pops that scream Cuba. On top of the shoot inspiration, each gown tells the story of a different Cuban woman during that time who changed the world in her own bad ass way.”

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Retro Kitsch ‘Date Night at Disneyland’ Wedding

With its late 50s/ early 60s fashion and and a sugary pastel palette, Megan and Matthew’s super cute Disney-infused wedding day is a retro-lover’s dream. If you are Disney-obsessed, you’re going to be in heaven over this one!

Their theme was ‘Date Night at Disneyland,’ based on the weekend dance parties held at Disneyland in the 1950s. The bride said, “We grew up at Disney parks, got engaged at Epcot, and travelled to many Disney parks together. It would feel wrong for our wedding to be about anything else. Visually, we were really inspired by the late 1950s/ early 1960s, which was the golden age of Disneyland. Our single biggest inspiration was the artist Mary Blair and her seminal creation It’s a Small World. The dedication to our theme is what set our wedding apart. We made almost everything ourselves – the stationery, the centrepieces, all the décor. My parents were really worried with how outrageous everything was going to be because when you tell people, ‘We’re having a Disney wedding’, they expect a big Cinderella dress and everything with Mickey on it.”

The bride said the ceremony was supposed to be outside on a deck at their venue, the Woman’s Club of Portsmouth, but the weather had other plans, “I had made pink and yellow tulle curtains to hang over us, and we purchased large balloons to guide the way. Unfortunately, it rained. A lot. We had to make the call to have the wedding inside, which ended up being OK. We kept the ceremony short and sweet. We wrote our own vows and sobbed the whole time. My bottom false eyelashes were all the way down my cheek by the end. Matthew’s vows were really thoughtful and sweet, and mine were goofy, which is classic us! We were able to livestream the whole thing on Facebook for our friends and family that couldn’t make it, which was really nice.”

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Retro 1950s Wedding Meets Star Wars, Day of The Dead & Street Fighter!

One of the most frequent things you’ll hear on Rock n Roll Bride is to have the day YOU want, one that incorporates anything and everything you love: your day, your way. Holly and David, who married in the spring at Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, did exactly that with not just one or two motifs, but more like four! And why not – I mean, just look at their wonderful day and the sea of smiles!

Holly said of the theme, “We originally wanted to go for a loose 1950s theme, which gradually became more and more not-loose (pink Cadillac, anyone?)! We also wanted to incorporate other parts of our interests, hence the Star Wars props, Day of The Dead decorations and cake, and the Street Fighter arcade machine! We were thinking of hiring some Stormtroopers to hand out the reception drinks, but our budget wouldn’t allow it – so yeah, 1950s meets Star Wars, meets Day of The Dead, meets Street Fighter!”

The inspiration to have an alternative wedding came mainly from looking on the Internet, and Rock n Roll Bride magazine. “The theme itself was decided after a drunken night in watching Grease!” she continued. “We’ve both loved the film since we were children, and had it on one night after a few rum and cokes. ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could have a wedding with ’50s things in it?’ I said. ‘Well why don’t we, then?!’ was David’s response – that was all the encouragement I needed! I love all things 1950s and vintage and retro anyway, but thought we should probably try and stay traditional-ish as David’s not really into it as much as I am. After speaking to him about it the next day (when not under the influence of alcohol), he agreed that he meant what he said and would love something a bit different – I didn’t need telling twice!”

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Wonderland Meets a 1950s Street Party

As lovers of all things vintage and regular attendees of vintage themed events, there was only one theme Helen and Aaron wanted for their July wedding. They are also pretty darn obsessed with afternoon tea which made choosing their catering options easy. They didn’t hire in a company to do it though, they made it all themselves!

They were married at Rotherham Minster Church. “My husband is an atheist and I was brought up Catholic”, Helen began. “I felt it was important for me to be married in a Church and Aaron respected this. The Church of England was happy to accommodate our different beliefs. The ceremony was laid back and very entertaining … especially when Reverend Bruce pulled out his surprise tambourine. We walked into the church the organ playing the Imperial March from Star Wars and left as the organ played Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Monty Python.”

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