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Smallwoodstock: Festival Meets Summer Fête Wedding with Fun For All the Family

Louise and Gaz were inspired by the fun times they had going to Reading festival together in their 20s when it came to planning their summer wedding. They also wanted as un-wedding like wedding as possible; having been to all the stereotypical weddings over the years, they were determined to have the absolute opposite. 

And that’s how Smallwoodstock was born! They originally considered having a low-key register office ceremony, but having waited 18 years to finally tie the knot, they wanted a day that their family could remember; “And at our age, there’s not that many excuses for a big party,” said Louise, “you tend to see people at funerals not weddings haha!”

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Contemporary, Industrial, Indie Wedding

Emily and Craig have been to a LOT of weddings over the last few years – 33 in five years, to be precise – so knew they wanted to do something completely different to what they’d experienced before. As music is a massive part of both of their lives so it was super important to them that it play a big role in their wedding day, too. They wanted the wedding to feel like a music festival with a contemporary twist – less wellies and haybales, more Berlin industrial with street art, greenery and warehouse vibes.. Oh and a massive party to boot! 

With a £23,000 budget, they started their planning by sorting their venue. They fell in love with Constellations in Liverpool, which set the tone for the day. They had a hefty price to pay to secure it exclusively on a Saturday in peak wedding season, but Emily and Craig felt it was worth every penny. “If you find somewhere you love, with a vibe you love, just go for it,” advises Emily. They saved money by creating all their own signage and decor, and serving their wedding cake as dessert. “Other than that we tried to everything carefully but out motto was if you really want it, get it – you only do this once.”

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Recycled Festival Wedding Inspired by Lost Village Festival!

Emelya and Alastair’s August wedding had a very specific inspiration – Lost Village Festival in Lincoln. They wanted to recreate a surrealism and intimacy of the yearly dance festival, holding their day in their own abandoned forest in Devon.

With a £13,000 budget, they also focused heavily on recycling and collaboration to create their day – all the props were upcycled by the groom, and friends and family stepped in to help out everything from officiating the ceremony to running the bar! It made for a personal, cooperative day full of community spirit – exactly what the couple wanted.

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The Glitter & The Colour: A Modern Festival Inspired Styled Shoot

While all weddings are of course unique in their own way, there are a few themes here at Rock n Roll Bride that, behind the scenes, we’ve been calling nu-trad; you know, like nu-metal, but for weddings. The Limp Bizkit of matrimony, if you will. ‘Festival weddings’ being one of them. There’s a very good reason that things become popular – certain styles, like dusky foliage, painted leather jackets and dainty flower-crowns look beautiful together, so by all means there’s no harm rocking these things if you think they represent you.

However, after a while, when something that was once alternative gets repeated over and over, it can start to look a little same same but different. What was once super authentic to one couple gets diluted down to its own version of cookie cutter. So, if you’re considering a festival-style wedding but want something beyond the hay-bales and tipis, look no further than this styled shoot for some truly eye-catching inspo!

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Heavy Metal Wedding by the Sea

Tahmina and Tom’s wedding was a rock and metal festival by the sea, held at the East Quay Venue in Whitstable. As they’d met at uni and hit it off straight away by sitting the corridor talking about music and sharing a bottle of Jack Daniels, it was only right that music played a huge part in their big day.

Right from the off guests knew they were in for some festival-style fun, with Wedfest wedding invites that looked like festival tickets and lanyards made up for the wedding info and order of the day. Music was a central part of their ceremony too, with Tahmina walking down the aisle to Wicked Game by HIM and them both walking back up with TNT by AC/DC. “Our ceremony was the bit we were least looking forward to,” Tahmina explains. “Despite the tattoos, coloured hair and loud mouth persona, I’m actually quite shy and suffer from crippling anxiety when I’m in an uncomfortable situation. The thought of a room full of people watching me walk down the aisle and stand there brought me out in hives, so we chose the quickest option given by Kent County Council – it was over within 10 mins!”

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Radiate Positivity: A Colourful Bonnaroo Music Festival Inspired 4th July Wedding

Courtney and Jake had two weddings: The first at a music festival in Tennessee called Bonnaroo and the second home in a family member’s back garden for all their family and friends who hadn’t been able make it to the first. Their decor was fun and bright, definitely drawing upon the festival vibes, and Courtney made a lot of the decor herself.

“We fell in love with Bonnaroo a few years ago and HAD to get married there because of the vibe, music and people,” Courtney explains. “We wanted to bring a bit of the Bonnaroo Music Festival back home for our picnic-style wedding. We had a lot of decor that tied in with Bonnaroo’s saying ‘Radiate positivity’ . The combo of eclectic decor we had played a huge role in it being uniquely us.”

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