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Retro Seaside Themed Wedding at the Height of Summer

When planning their August wedding, Hannah and Anthony decided they wanted to play up to the Great British summertime as well as their love of retro flair. A friend made bunting, they printed seaside photographs of family members to decorate the venue and their cake was made to look like a sandcastle – complete with two crabs as a cake topper! On the tables they placed photographs of their dog, Wally, with seaside themed props. Even their rings were on theme – they were wooden rings by Hoot Cornwall, made using sand from Thorpeness beach.

“We really love the British seaside and wanted to have a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the special day with close family and friends”, Hannah said. “Choosing quirky and fun items that reflected our personality and style and seeing it all come together was the best part of planning it. It was also great using so many independent suppliers.” The bride’s mother also grew all the flowers and arranged them herself too!

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A Rainbow Ceremony Live Streamed During Lockdown

We’ve got a really sweet and simple lockdown wedding for you today, which will definitely inspire you if you’ve decided to take advantage of the new guidelines in the UK where small weddings can now take place, or if you want to honour your original wedding date and still have a ceremony.

Ali and Edd had a Zoom ceremony in early June, and although the ceremony wasn’t legally binding they will forever celebrate it as what they see as their wedding anniversary. They plan to have the big wedding and do the legal bit next year.

They spent just £300 to make this happen, and most of that went on the online platform they used to make sure the process was seamless. “Our friends Sam and Ruth put us in touch with splinterfaction.com who ran the whole online platform”, she explained. “Using it was worth every penny. They made sure that everyone of our 80 guests was looked after and had the opportunity to speak to us through a breakout room.”

Ali wore a rainbow dress from Hell Bunny with a DIY flower crown (made at her virtual hen do!) and a yellow veil which she dyed with turmeric herself the morning of. “I had previously been married in 2012 and was going through the loft and found my veil in a bag. That meant so much to me then and I thought that I should give it one more outing as it was so beautiful. I dyed it with turmeric and dried it on the line to wear that day. I loved it and it made me so happy. I then gifted it in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group so that another pandemic bride could wear it. She said that she is going to initial it at the bottom with both our names and then pass it on to the next one in the hope that they will keep on the tradition.”

A good friend from their village conduced the ceremony (social distancing of course) while their friends and family tuned in to watch live. They stood in front of a 100-piece rainbow balloon arch, which they made themselves. Afterwards they cut and ate a cake (made by some ladies in the village), ate steaks and did a social distancing shoot with their photographer Rob Dodsworth.

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Celestial Meets Sparkle Wedding (with Dogs!)

Bryony said she always wanted to get married on their anniversary, so when she and James got engaged (on their 4th anniversary) and she realised that not only did their 6th anniversary fall on a Saturday but the date was 22/02/2020, it was settled! They opted for a celestial theme very early on and as shes not a fan of flowers, they didn’t have any! Instead of floral bouquets and buttonholes, she made star and moon ones out of glittery card (which cost lest than £50 in materials!) She also made their cake and place names. Her dad made the moon photo backdrop and her mum made her iridescent sequined skirt using a YouTube tutorial!

“We felt really lucky to have all these creative people around us who practically jumped at the chance to help us,” Bryony said. “I tried on some ‘proper’ dresses but none of them felt like me. My top was second hand from Depop (with a Primark vest underneath), my headpiece was Crown and Glory and I found my veil on Etsy.”

In total they spent around £6000 on the day, keeping costs low was helped by all of the DIY and finding a new venue that exactly suited their needs and budget. Around half the budget was on food and drink and they splashed £500 on hiring a Routemaster bus, but to them it was totally worth it as it was such a fun experience and made for great photos!

“I didn’t want our wedding to look like I had just copied everything from Pinterest so I made it as personal to us as I could”, she continued. “I’m sure there were little details that a lot of the guests weren’t even aware of. Our wedding rings were engraved with a map of the stars the date and time we got engaged, and then I named all of our tables after stars, constellations and planets that were on that star map. I really wanted our love for each other to shine through above all else.”

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Bad Ass Backyard Wedding Planned in Five Weeks

Although they knew each other for a couple of years prior, Sami and Myles’ relationship progressed quickly when they finally became an item. They got engaged after four months, Sami was pregnant at eight, and they were married in under a year. The bulk of the actual planning was done within just five weeks too! The theme for their wedding was simple, relaxed and outdoorsy – choosing a friend’s back garden as their reception location.

They also wanted to keep things firmly within their $12,000 budget. Sami bought her dress online from Lulus and did her own make up. Myles did the catering himself with help from his dad and all the decorations were done by friends and family members.

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Artsy & Informal French River Boat Wedding

Dwayne and Lili planned their wedding in just three months and for less than €10k. The ceremony was held on The Peniche Fargo, a river boat in Lyon. They skipped the formal reception and dinner set up, instead hiring one of their favourite local coffee shops to hang out with their loved ones post-ceremony.

They served mini veggie burgers, tiny sandwiches and homemade cocktails. They skipped pretty much all the decor in order to keep the costs low but the bride did buy second-hand chairs and benches and painted them in bright colours. Their invitations were homemade too.

Lili wore a two piece which she designed herself and had made by a friend and her bouquet was bought by her mum as a surprise on the day. Dwayne’s suit came from The Kooples. They opted not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen but their best friends all wore brightly coloured outfits in the bride’s favourite colours – yellow, pink and mint.

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Intimate & Colourful Dinner Party Wedding with just 13 Guests

With a budget of just £4000, Kirsty and Ben knew their wedding plans had to be different to the majority of the weddings that Ben, a musician in a function band, sees day in day out. They wanted to have their day in a beautiful setting, but kept their guest list small to limit the expense. The wedding was held on a Thursday and they had just 13 guests at the reception, and had everyone sat around one big table for the meal, just like they were hosting a family meal at home.

“Ben has seen first hand couples being dragged into the wedding industry machine and seeing replica impersonal weddings time and time again”, Kirsty said. “We wanted something that was 100% designed by us, that wasn’t going to break the bank, that felt intimate and relaxed. There was no particular colour or styling theme just colour!”

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