Corey and Brandon, from Melbourne, absolutely did not want a big, expensive wedding. Instead, they spent less than $5k (AU) to elope at The Altar Electric, a wedding chapel in their hometown. The venue provided all the décor and the Elvis officiant – they simply hired their photographer, found outfits and showed up!
Corey rocked a short sequin dress from Zara with Vans and a denim jacket (to which she added the patches herself), while Brandon was in jeans and also a DIY denim jacket.
“We were originally going to elope in Vegas but couldn’t because of COVID restrictions,” they told us, “so wanted to do something as close as possible to that. We wanted the day to represent us. We wanted it to be fun. We weren’t trying to be different just wanted it to be us.”
Inspired by their love of Halloween, Harry Potter and autumn weather, Ellie and Luke spent around £10,000 on their October wedding. They handmade a lot of the elements themselves, from gifts for the bridesmaids to the groomsmen’s ties as well as props and decorations.
Held at De Vere Horsley Estate in Surrey, the day was styled by The Fairy Godmother of Weddings – aka, Ellie’s mum, who also took care of all the florals for their day. They tasked celebrant Jenny Knight with crafting a truly personal ceremony, and catering was provided by the venue, which was their biggest expense.
Taking place just a few days after their tenth anniversary, Madeleine and Paul escaped to Cedar Forest Lodge at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Tennessee with their friends and family. They wanted the day to be a celebration not only of their new marriage, but of their lives together so far. With pizza, balloons and plenty of trees, they spent the day doing exactly what they wanted.
Maddie told us, “We decided to both get ready together and to walk each other down the aisle. We were able to honour our parents and friends by including them in other moments of the day, but felt that we’d already been walking side by side throughout our entire relationship. Why wouldn’t we take this special walk together, too?”
In fact, Maddie’s dad was the officiant, witnessing the couple’s vows and reading a poem. He even took to the dancefloor later on with his daughter, both sporting light up sneakers and recreating the ‘Tequila’ dance from ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’!
If you read Rock n Roll Bride magazine, you may recognise today’s bride, Emma, because she writes the home décor column in every issue. She’s also an interiors blogger and if you’re looking for retro/ 60s/ 70s/ rock n roll inspo for your own home you need to check her website and Instagram out!. When she told us she was getting married to her beau, Josh, last November, and doing so in true Rock n Roll, laidback fashion, we just KNEW it would be a super stylish day that screamed them.
Inspired by weddings from the sixties, they planned a intimate celebration in their hometown of Margate influenced by George Harrison and Pattie Boyd. The day was planned in under six weeks and they spent less than £5,000! They did exactly what they wanted without conforming to anything traditional.
“We’re proof that a wedding doesn’t have to be normal or expensive”, Emma wrote. “It doesn’t take anything away from the day and I still feel like it was such a special time. I literally woke up the next day and said ‘That was the best day of my life and I’m SO glad I didn’t spend £20k on it’!”.
Josie and Adam took the traditions they liked and lost the ones they didn’t for their August wedding at Stretford Public Hall, creating their own, authentic, pick n’ mix wedding celebration that was an explosion of both of their personalities. “We were inspired by our love for one another and the moon and stars,” Josie told us. “We did the day as cheaply as possible and made everything ourselves. One of my favourite parts of the whole thing was our families coming together the day before to help us set up.”
With a budget of £8,000, there wasn’t an aspect of the day that they couple and their families didn’t have a hand in. The bride and her family made the ‘Josie and Adam 4 Eva IDST’ banner and the stained glass moon and star centre pieces, the groom’s mum and her friends made a ridiculous amount of bunting, and Josie turned her hand to the order of the day board, seating plan and confetti holders while Adam made the invites, table decorations and activities for their guests – old school fortune tellers and comic books of ‘their story so far’.
Growing up in a small, conservative bible-belt town, Erica was always looked at as ‘a bit odd’. “I’ve always loved things spooky,” she told us. “Ever since I was a girl. my tastes gravitated away from the ‘norm’. This wedding was announcing my pride in being different.” Erica met Kenny online over a decade ago, and he has supported her in her difference and choices 100% ever since.
With a budget of $3,000, the couple pulled out all the stops to bring Erica’s spooky dreams to life. They covered their ceremony area in spider webs, spiders, bats, rats and fake bones. String lights and electric candles lined the aisle, and they made pool noodles to make three-tier candles, while a friend carved pumpkins. Erica knew she wanted to use items that they could take home so they could reuse them and they wouldn’t go to waste.