Ahh Lily and Claribell’s wedding brings us so much joy!! They were married at My Moon Restaurant in Brooklyn and although they had just $5000 to spend their day was beautiful and so right for them! The theme was a combination of keeping things simple and intimate but with rustic and romantic touches. They wanted to celebrate their day with their closest loved ones and avoid anything to formal or fancy.
“Our inspiration was for it to be romantic and simple”, they explained. “We loved that our venue provide everything for us and we didn’t have to go crazy hiring multiple people to put our vision together, My Moon had everything we wanted from decor to ceremony space.”
Although they had a smaller than average budget, Jess and Nathan wouldn’t let that stop them having an incredible wedding. The bride loves anything modern and sleek and they were both massive emo kids, so they decided to combine these two aesthetics for their day.
They were married in Manchester, at the city council, and had their reception at Barca Bar. They also included Alan Partridge references (something they also bonded over on their first date) naming their tables after his quotes and walking out from their ceremony to Cuddly Toy by Rochford from Alpha Papa (an Alan Partridge movie).
When Bryony fell pregnant quicker than planned, they ditched their grand plans for a huge, three-day circus inspired festival wedding, with a huge budget and decided to just focus on what really mattered. The bride wore a £35 dress from ASOS and their reception was at their local Chinese restaurant – no decor, no cake, no fuss.
“I had our son a week after we got married”, Bryony explained. “We didn’t really have a theme, we just wanted it as simple and stress-free as possible. It was just about making promises in front of a few people we love. We were so laid back and chilled about the whole thing. We left everything until last minute, only had a handful of guests and had a non-traditional evening – it was perfect!”
WOW. OK prepare yourself, because this is a wedding you are going to pay attention for. Burners Yoshi and Gilles chose their favourite place in the world to say their vows – Burning Man! In total they spent just $2000 on the day (not including their tickets because they knew they’d already be going). Apart from their outfits (which the bride made) their photographer, some champers and a homemade cake, they really didn’t bother with anything else!
Their friend, Xuan-Ann, got registered as an officiant in the state of Nevada so she could marry them. “Getting married at Burning Man was definitely out of the ordinary”, Yoshi began. “Unlike most brides, I didn’t plan much except our wedding outfits, the gifts, the date and the ceremony location. I left everything else up to synchronicity. Everything ended up coming together magically, thanks to the help of our friends who wanted to make our special day as stress-free as possible. One of the principles of Burning Man is gifting so instead of receiving wedding presents, we offered gifts to our guests. Our friends were given symbols of our love: custom face chains with our initials designed by our friend Ipek Design, and paper fans that featured one of Gilles’ Burning Man photos with our motto ‘Make Your Life An Art Piece.”
Zara and Alex didn’t want a big fancy wedding, so they decided to just have an intimate legal ceremony with a few witnesses and their baby daughter present. Following this was a pit stop at the groom’s tattoo shop for some matching ink, and from the bride’s point of view they were done. However, the groom had other ideas though, and he secretly planned a big garden party for all their loved ones in his mum’s back garden.
“We held a mini wedding in the garden that I had been planning for months”, Alex explained. “My mum scoured charity shops collecting vintage plates and décor to create a wedding-like experience in her beautiful garden. She managed to create a super special DIY wedding for us all all to enjoy and Zara was absolutely blown away, it was a great success… with lots of drinking!”
Sophie and Stewart’s November wedding proves, wholeheartedly, that you don’t need to stick to traditions, drop the equivalent of a house deposit or starve your way into a too small dress to have a beautiful wedding. Married at Basingstoke Register Office with a reception at The Crown and Cushion in Minley afterwards, they had a budget of £11,000 and achieved absolutely everything they wanted.
“As someone who found wedding planning extremely testing on my mental health, I have to thank Rock n Roll Bride for creating such a delightfully welcoming and inspiring space”, Sophie writes. “Picking up the magazine on release day made planning fun, at times when I was find it hard. I am a UK Size 18, and as a plus size bride in particular, seeing others with figures like me made me feel like there was no wrong way to be a bride.”