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Colourful Drag Sensation Wedding… with Stripping Nuns!

Carrie and Neil were introduced on Twitter by a mutual friend, and quickly bonded over their love of gin and drag. When it came to planning their wedding, the couple wanted the day to be laid back and relaxed, but also outlandish and fun – just like them!

They splashed their cash on the things that mattered most to them, like the entertainment, food and booze, and abandoned or adapted traditions that didn’t suit them. Their flowers were all silk – mainly from Ikea, with the bride’s bouquet from TK Maxx. They had Colin and Connie Caterpillar wedding cakes from M&S and instead of hiring a fancy wedding car, the wedding party hopped on the bus to the venue! This not only saved them hundreds of pounds, but also allowing them to stop for a cheeky pint on the way.

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Uber-cool Hackney Wedding with a Canal Boat Arrival

Gigi and Ale’s big day deserves big words: This is one of my favourite weddings I’ve ever seen, ever, and that includes in every outlet and in every Instagram scroll. In their own words, “The whole day oozed relaxation and the ability for everyone to dismiss the fact that weddings are quite often stuffy and just let loose!” They arrived on a canal boat waving flares, left wearing trainers, and in the middle did a whole lot of incredible celebrating…

From the get-go, Gigi and Ale knew they wanted their day to be non-traditional and chilled out. They also wanted it to reflect their Italian and Scottish roots. “Alongside a lot of movies we both enjoy (Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino flicks in particular) we were also inspired by the delicate touches romantic Italian weddings are known for and a lot of booze for the Scottish side of the family. There’s also a lot of homages to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The inspiration for our wedding in short is just a manic collaboration of things we love, it almost reflects our chaotic brains.”

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Panthers and Pastels Wedding in Hackney

Mel and Tim met when they camped next to each other at Glastonbury and when planning their wedding, their starting point was that they just wanted to have a fun party. They also wanted to avoid anything too formal and ‘wedding-y’. They chose Stour Space in Hackney as their venue as it was relaxed and a little rough around the edges, which they liked. Their wedding was held in the evening, in winter, which further added to the party vibes.

They took inspiration from the 1950s and focused on pastel colours, sequins, kitsch animals and retro typography. Mel explained, “As I had a vintage dress we decided to run with the 50s style. It contrasted well with the sparse, modern venue we’d chosen and stopped it looking too cutesy. We saved endless pictures of 50s fabrics and cocktail menus for inspiration and we were really lucky to have amazing designer friends to bring the theme to life. Gemma created our invitations and little enamel badges, which we gave out as favours. Nat designed all the décor and the dreamy perspex signage; the huge ‘Tim & Mel Say Hi!’ sign now greets people in our hallway!”

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