Lisa and Kieran’s wedding didn’t have a theme – they just wanted it to be a “Love Extravaganza” party with all of their loved ones. It wasn’t very serious or formal – it was held in a beautiful little theatre, and the aisle music was the Jurassic Park theme tune – but did look like it was a load of fun!
Lisa and her bridesmaids looked super vintage in pin curls by The Make-Up Bar and candy coloured Chi Chi London dresses. Lisa’s dress was second-hand, bought at a bridal fair for “peanuts” – her shoes and accessories (including an amazing clutch bag) were from the high street, and her fur coat was her something old, originally belonging to Kieran’s nan.
Kieran and his ushers also kept in with the pastel theme, wearing a pink velvet Noose and Monkey suit jacket and white trousers, and his ushers wearing lilac suits. One of Lisa and Kieran’s favourite things about the wedding planning was, in fact, getting to style the bridal party, “It was fun to play dress up with all our friends and family!” the bride said.
Their ceremony was held at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. “We held the ceremony in the theatre which had a cool entrance walking through the audience,” Lisa explains. “We played the theme tune to Jurassic Park as my entrance music as it is a pretty beautiful song and set the tone of we weren’t taking it very serious. Our speeches were all song lyrics from the Cure. We legally got married two weeks before on our own so we had Kieran’s sister be the master of ceremonies for the exchanging of rings which was a lovely touch rather than having someone we didn’t know who just says the same generic lines at every wedding.” They decorated the theatre with a few coloured tealights, and fairylights wrapped around a frame for the ceremony’s backdrop.
Bren and Cha’s spring wedding in Dublin was all about the fun. They moved between two venues in the city: The country pub, Anglers Rest, for the ceremony and then on to the reception at their favourite nightclub. The Grand Social. The bride paid €50 for her dress in a charity shop and got it customised to suit her style. Chucky and the Bride of Chucky made multiple appearances, and their friends played a huge part in the day from making the bouquet, decorating the reception venue, DJing, to making the wedding cake.
The pair met at college, studying film. “We are both big film nerds, so I’d say if there was any theme to our day, it was that. Each table was named after our favourite romantic films, from The Apartment to Bride of Chucky, with a corresponding framed still with an appropriate quote. We just wanted to ensure that we reflected ourselves and our tastes completely. We wanted to feel comfortable, relaxed, happy and joyful, and to give all of our beloved friends and family a cracking day out.”
Jenny and Orey, from Dublin, wanted to have a relaxed and “no frills” wedding, where they could just have fun, be themselves and have the type of get together they like to attend.
“All the weddings we’ve attended in the last couple of years have been church or hotel weddings,” began Jenny, “so we wanted to break away from that formality and do it our own way. We also had three venues which meant our guests were able to wander around the city all day. Thankfully we got the weather for it and everyone seemed to enjoy not being confined to one place for the entire time.”
Jenny actually forgot her bouquet on the way to the ceremony and didn’t realise until she was five minutes from the venue! “We had to make a pit stop to a local florist on the way and my dad had to jump out and get me a bouquet made there and then!” she laughed. “The driver wasn’t happy as he was late for the next job and my dad was going crazy because the guy in the florist wasn’t following his very specific arrangement instructions (more pink, less green!) He was worried I was going to have to walk down the aisle behind a bush! The florist owner was lovely though and gave him the bouquet half price. I never got to use the bouquet my poor aunt had been making for me.”