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Bohemian Handmade Wedding on a Budget

Sarah and Ant were married on the Isle of Wight with just 14 guests including their four young children. They were determined to do things on their own terms, to not spent an enormous amount and to make every element truly special.

“Our wedding was relaxed, alternative and bohemian”, said Sarah. “We wanted something handmade, fun, colourful and all our own. We handmade as much as we possibly could. We travelled down to the Isle of Wight with our ten guests and our four children for a small elopement style wedding. We wanted everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves but be as relaxed as possible. All the decor was made and put together ourselves. We used a huge amount of crepe paper streamers to create a colourful canopy, along with tulle pom poms, wax paper bells to hang from the ceiling and wrapping paper pinwheels, as a backdrop for the ‘cake’.”

The bride, a talented seamstress, even made her own wedding dress for around £100!! “I have always had a good idea of what I want my dress to look like, but not a lot of places cater for the ‘boho’ look that I was going for”, she explained. “Being a family tradition to make your wedding dress, I made mine form scratch. Being a keen seamstress, I made it for around £110 and took around four weekends with my mum sewing up a storm. My shoes were bought from eBay as new, I wanted something colourful and bit more bohemian, and I even wore frilly socks. My headpiece was made by my talented brother Connor, the night before the wedding!”

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Pagan Wedding at a Medieval Hobbit Village

Stefanie and Loren picked 22nd to 24th September as the weekend to celebrate their wedding, chosen to coincide with the autumn equinox. The bride being an alternative wedding planner herself meant she handled everything. She also put together all the flowers (with her team of helpers!) and the groom created the invitations.

The weekend took place at Cae Mabon, and eco-friendly retreat centre in Snowdonia. “The whole site of Cae Mabon looks like a medieval hobbit village as all the dwellings are traditionally built eco-friendly designs” Stefanie began. “So in terms of décor we hardly needed to do anything at all. They don’t normally allow weddings here, just small retreats so we were very lucky and had to really honour the space by using eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner and recycling every single bit of our wedding waste. The whole site has beautiful carvings etched into the trees like the Fairy Queen who watches over the woods, medieval style thatched huts and even a wood-heated natural hot tub right next to the stream so other than adding a few flowers, signage and fairy lights, we didn’t need to do anything!”

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A Sequin & Glitter-Filled Wedding with a Carnival Atmosphere

So we all know a wedding day is, for the most part, all about the couple getting married. But when a bride and groom put just as much thought and effort into their guests having as much fun as they do, well you know you’re into a winner.

I also can’t go on any further without calling out probably THE most amazing bridesmaid outfits I’ve ever seen! Tulle skirts, oversized sequin playsuits, HELL YES, I am so on board!

Beth and Sam were hitched in style at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire. “We wanted to create a unique carnival atmosphere with lots of glitter and sparkles so every element had a glittery and sparkly theme”, said Beth. “The guests also contributed by dressing in sequins, sparkles and glitter which meant that our carnival theme was apparent across the whole day. We have been going to lots of festivals for many years and wanted to create a playful, inclusive day where everybody could let their hair down and laugh!”

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Retro Inspired Steam Railway Museum Wedding

They met at work, and bonded over the bride’s ‘mod roundel’ tattoo. Jonny asked Grace if it meant she was the queen of mods, and they struck up a friendship. A few months later they got together properly at the work Christmas party thanks to some good old fashioned Dutch courage! They were married in October in Darlington.

“Our wedding was Northern and vintage inspired, with a bit of railway industry added in for good measure!” said Grace. “Our love of history, our local town and our DIY, creative ethos inspired us. In our spare time we run a life drawing sessions, so our wedding had to represent our love of the arts.”

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1930s Inspired Wedding with Gold Accents & a £4000 Budget

Anneka and Stephen wanted a vintage inspired wedding after the bride picked out her stunning 1930s dress. They used gold accents everywhere, also inspired by what the bride wore. They also spent just £4000, wanting to prove with their wedding that you don’t have to spend a fortune to say “I do!”

“Its really hard to say what our theme was, but I’d picked myself an original vintage 1930s dress which had a gold hue to it so I also started choosing other gold bits”, began the bride. “I already knew I wanted my bridesmaids in black which meant I could put anything with it, so I just kept going with things I was drawn to and some how on the day it all tied in together.”

“The main inspiration for our wedding was Rock n Roll Bride magazine really… It made me realise that you don’t have to conform to the norm and it can be exactly how you want it to be. You don’t need to take advice from anyone just go with the flow.”

They decided to have an evening-only celebration (which is very unusual for a UK wedding) and their ceremony was in the late afternoon. “I guess the main thing that makes our wedding unique is the timings of the day”, she explained. “We decided to get married in the evening and go straight into the food and party. We didn’t want to have that awkward middle bit where everyone’s hanging around for hours making small talk and waiting for food.”

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Traditional Yet Individual Wedding for £5000

Oh my, have we got one of the most spectacularly cool weddings for you today! Samantha and Nathan, who were marred in May, had one of those celebrations that you’re really going to wish you were invited too. From all the incredibly thoughtful details, to the bride’s killer personal style – yep this wedding just screams awesome from every side. The best part is they spend less than £5000 – including their honeymoon to the Dominican Republic!

“Our wedding theme was a combination of traditional and individual”, the bride explained. “We had a church ceremony and hymns and kept some very important traditional elements, but then we had a lot of things that were very unique. For example, all my bridesmaids wore their own boots and I asked them to do their hair and make up however they would want to wear it so they all had their own styles. The main themes running through were peacock feathers (for royalty and nobility) as well as cream, champagne and gold to keep it classy.”

The reception, held at St Davids Parish Hall in Holmbridge, was a completely DIY affair. All the decor was bought from eBay. “I used banquet rolls for table covers, scatter gems, flowers and feathers”. she explained. “The wishing well came from a hobbyist carpenter in Wales and the table runners were from the Poundshop Christmas range!”

“Everything else was made by me and my bridesmaids. The cake was made by a bridesmaid and we arrange all the (faux) flowers ourselves (which we bought from eBay!) Two close friends made the amazing food for 150 people and I am still in awe at what they achieved. I cannot thank Gary and Samuel enough for how hard they worked on our big day.”

“I put a lot of emphasis on the wedding reception being very informal, we had no seating plan and the majority of the day was filled with various entertainment and we wanted to ensure there was music to suit everyone’s tastes. Things didn’t happen on time as we initially planned but it was better to let it flow how it did and rather than getting stressed just embraced the flow of the day instead.”

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