Vicky and Peter’s big day was inspired by their joint love of parties, festivals and raves – and combined with Vicky’s love of circuses, Alice in Wonderland and randomness, it made for a unique and fun-filled day! “Our main impetus was that everyone have a good time, instead of just watching us have a good time like you see at lots of wedding. We wanted to throw a crazy party that everyone could enjoy!” said Vicky.
The couple were lucky enough to be able to call in a favour for the location of their big day and hold both the ceremony and reception in the gardens of the groom’s boss’ house, so it meant they were completely able to go to town with the way their day looked.
This is the kind of wedding that you wish you’d been invited to – it looks like it was a riot of fun from start to finish! Rachel and Scott were married on the 20th at Festival 8 in Lincolnshire. Their ceremony was officiated by Sean Atkinson, the festival organiser!
“Our budget wasn’t set out from the start”, began Rachel, “but we knew we weren’t going to go overboard. All in all we spent £4,000 for a three-day wedding. This included EVERYTHING! Venue, food and Pimms for 85 guests, all our outfits, tents, the marquee, gifts for bridal party… the whole shebang!”
Rachel’s stunning blue dress came from Chotronette and her shoes were found online for £10! “I can’t remember where I bought them from, I just knew I wanted a flat platform to give me height without feeling like I was wearing heels and not worrying about sinking in to the grass! I had a military hat made bespoke to me by Katy May at Super Trooperz on Etsy. I gave her a colour scheme and a few key things I wanted it to include (reversible sequins so we could create silly drawings and I wanted it to light up in the dark). I took it on my honeymoon and wore it to death!! I loooove it!”
When Jess and Chris decided to get married, they found that the place they drew inspiration from the most was seeing how other people had done things their own way. They chose elements that they had enjoyed from other weddings, and did away with traditions they felt had no meaning to them.
“We made every decision together and questioned everything ‘typical’,” Jess explained. “If we didn’t see the point of something, we didn’t do it, and we replaced it with something meaningful to us.” This meant switching an elaborate cake which no-one would eat for a bountiful buffet of local cheeses. They picked their flowers based on what was local and in season, and made blackberry whisky as their wedding favours as something that people would enjoy, rather than leave behind.
In lieu of a particular wedding theme, it was important to the couple that they spent their budget on what mattered most to them and that, in line with their day-to-day principles, they didn’t consume more than was necessary or create a load of waste. They borrowed tablecloths, vases, hampers and fire pits from friends who’d used them in their own weddings. They made several hundreds metres of bunting from old sheets and shirts. Flowers were arranged in vintage jugs, borrowed vases, even an old watering can and large mayonnaise jars. With their venue boasting 360 degree views of the Sussex countryside, they felt it needed little embellishment for the sake of doing so, and were happy to allow the beauty of the local surroundings to shine through.