Leighton and Amy love anything related to the 1998 film The Wedding Singer, so used that as a jumping off point for the inpso for their day! Their reaction, after they got engaged and kept being asked what their colour scheme and wedding theme were, was that they aren’t matchy-matchy people and wanted to tap into all things quirky and do things their own way.
Held in Southwold in June 2019, the bridal party began their wedding day with a dip in the Suffolk sea – a far cry from the normal champagne breakfast affair! The day continued with more quirks; their ceremony was on stage in a cinema, they hired a bouncy castle and sumo suits for a post-wedding duel and they lost traditional, fancy wedding transport in favour of walking through the town from the ceremony to reception venue, causing quite the stir with the locals as they went!
Vicki’s most excellent taste in wedding dresses isn’t the only thing that makes me love their day though. They really paired everything back (something we’re a huge proponent of here at Rock n Roll Bride!) focusing only on the things that meant the most to them both, while ignoring the usual stress and trappings of a traditional wedding. They chose their local pub as the venue, and apart from personalising their signage by using skateboards (a nod to the groom’s first love!) adding photos of themselves as bunting, they really didn’t bother with many extra props or decorations. All the stationery also was made by the bride herself.
Bridey and Jon spent just £5000 on their incredible October wedding in 2018, but you’d never be able to tell! They DIYed up a storm and chose venues that were inexpensive in order to stay within budget.
“I was never one to dream of a big expensive day,” explained the bride (who, by the way, has the best name ever!) “so we flexed our DIY skills and had an extravagant honeymoon to the Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife instead!”
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!”
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.