Tag Archives: kawaii

90s Nostalgia Inspired Wedding with Retro Toys and Feminist Touches

Nick and Inés didn’t really have inspiration for how they wanted their wedding day to look and feel: “To be honest,” said Inés, “we just threw together a bunch of stuff that we loved and hoped for the best!” They ended up with a day filled with childhood nostalgia – from the retro toy decorations collected from scouring eBay, charity shops and their parents attics, to the childhood photos of themselves that adorned every table at their reception.

It was important to the couple that their day was fun and relaxed. “I honestly believe that organising a wedding is as much work as you want to make it,” said Inés. “I didn’t want it to be this massive stressful thing that made us argue, so instead of doing things to try and please other people (you won’t ever please everyone anyway!) we focused on planning things to be as laid-back as possible.”

Continue reading

Kawaii Camp-Out with an All-Night Dance Party!

Dena and Dave met at a burlesque show of a mutual friend – Dena was filling in for a performer, dressed as a depression-era hobo complete with fake moustache which she wore all night while they hung out at an after-hours bar.

When planning their big day, they had one requirement in mind – a venue that wouldn’t kick them out at 10pm! Dena found a small summer camp property on Airbnb and the listing included some photos of a wedding there. They ran with the camp theme, inspired by movies like Wet Hot American Summer, and added in elements of things they love – childhood obsessions, all things kawaii, candy, and their mutual love of cats!

Their non-traditional venue allowed them to be completely free with their decor choices, and do exactly what they wanted. They DIY’d almost everything – from camp brochure invites to custom camp t-shirts, Hello Kitty candy centrepieces to My Little Pony Bouquets! They decorated the ceremony and reception spaces from scratch, including 100 tassel for the paper lanterns.

Continue reading

Kawaii Rainbow Disco Wedding Party

I really feel like a lot of you are going to love Jodie and Lee’s rainbow with a hint of kawaii wedding – for starters they transformed a village hall into the inside of a disco ball!

They had their wedding in two phases: admin and party. After posting their party invites at dawn (as they would announce that they were married), Jodie and Lee did the ‘admin’ bit at Manchester Registry Office. “Whilst people knew we were due to get married, they didn’t know when – we only had six close family members with us on that day,” said the bride.

And now for the party: “If I was a thing I would be an actual rainbow,” Jodie says, “so we opted for a full on RAINBOW theme with our personalities at the centre of it. My Pinterest board was absolute mayhem, full of bright and amazing ideas but I was struggling to reign it in. We enlisted the help of Apple Tree Events who helped to suggest a more focused approach. We opted for no flowers, instead choosing succulents with bright coloured heads that flower that were planted in mini Prissyem disco balls, placed with an array of animals from Painted Parade all wearing party hats. We used foils to decorate the walls and had a mix of pom pom chandeliers, pom pom garlands, tissue tassel garlands created by Sharelle from Apple Tree and huge colourful balloons dotted all around.”

Continue reading

Philosophical & Kawaii Mash-Up Wedding… with Dogsmaids!

Kerry knew it was love when Nick took her Alpaca trekking as a date. They met on OK Cupid and bonded over a shared love of Moomins and both having siblings in Hong Kong, In fact they turned away completely from tradition, because, in Kerry’s words, “not to be cool but because we found it all a bit sick-in-your-mouth and cringeworthy.”

They cancelled plans for a huge wedding in Budapest and got married in secret at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, with just 12 guests present, and their two Chihuahuas as ‘dogsmaids’ instead of bridesmaids! They spent the night before, and morning of the wedding together, and walked down the aisle together. They ‘said yes to the dress’ together, Kerry didn’t do a ‘pre-wedding diet’ (“in fact, I ate and drank more in the run up!”), they had no cake cutting or planned speeches or first dance… and they didn’t invite the brides’ parents.

“I made the decision not to invite my parents to the wedding which caused a lot of upset and hurt but I decided not to do it just to ‘tick a box’,” explained Kerry. “While I love them dearly, I haven’t had the easiest of relationships with either of them and nor do they with each other. I didn’t want to bring drama to the day and families usually spell drama. It was the best decision I made because since that point, I have had more meaningful conversations with my mother than I’ve had in a decade, so sometimes it pays to make a difficult decision.”

Continue reading

Anime & 1950s inspired Wedding in Russia

anime and 1950s wedding in russia (21)

Nikita and Ksu had an amazingly creative kawaii and 1950s inspired wedding in Russia. The bride’s dress and shoes were from Baby, The Stars Shine Bright and her headpiece was homemade.

anime and 1950s wedding in russia (29)

“We met five years ago while we were hanging out in anime and cosplay convention and after six months we decided to date”, said the bride. “We like 50s culture and all things anime so we wanted to fuse the two for our wedding. We often listen to vinyl and our favourite artists are Elvis and Frank Sinatra.”

anime and 1950s wedding in russia (40)

Continue reading

Kitsch & Eccentric Rock n Roll Tea Party!

Colourful british wedding_ Madina Lake (16)

Victoria and Matthew both work in the music industry (the groom is in the band Madina Lake) which is how they first met. Despite living on opposite sides of the world, the bride in the UK and the groom in America, that didn’t stop them dating!

“Matthew’s band was touring in the UK and I had organised in-store signings at my retail stores with the support band”, Victoria told me. “They invited us to the show afterwards and while we were hanging with our friends in Fearless Vampire Killers, drinking Madina Lake’s beer, their set ended and Matthew walked in.”

Colourful british wedding_ Madina Lake (11)

“The main inspiration for the wedding was to trade in the traditional for a healthy serving of original; we’re really not traditional people”, she continued. “We wanted the day that was meant to celebrate us to actually represent us, our personalities. We didn’t have a best man, ushers, bridesmaids, speeches, a fancy car or first dance. We just felt that none of those things were for us.”

“With half the guests being American, we wanted lots of British and Mancunian influences”, she explained. “The venue was a Victorian mansion and we hired the whole place so every guest got a room. Each room had a free standing bath tub and lots of original features, fireplaces, ceiling roses – very British!”

Colourful british wedding_ Madina Lake (21)

Continue reading

Cute, Pink and Polka Dot DIY Wedding: Dima & Jeanette

Kawaii polkadot diy wedding13

This fashion designer bride and her artist groom were married at The Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY. They wanted a budget-friendly, DIY wedding and so did as much as they could themselves. Their good friend, Greg Barris, a stand up comedian who was already ordained, preferred their ceremony. The bride designed and made her own dress, but the DIY didn’t stop there!

“We decided to take our time planning the wedding”, explained Jeanette. “I am a fashion stylist, and Dima is an artist so we knew our wedding would be very creative. We also knew that we didn’t really have any money for a wedding, so we knew we would be making most of the stuff ourselves. We also knew we didn’t want anything too traditional. We couldn’t afford any of the venues we looked at in NYC and Brooklyn, and my family really wanted the wedding in Buffalo, so we compromised, and decided to have it in Niagara Falls, NY. We figured it was close enough for my family, and still a fun destination for our New York friends.”

Kawaii polkadot diy wedding5

“We found The Rapids Theatre online, and before we even looked at it in person, we knew it was the one”, she continued. “It is a huge Rock n Roll venue, but has the look of an elegant theatre. It used to be a movie theatre in the 1920s, and the owners have restored all of the original architecture. It was the perfect venue for us, because we knew we wanted to have a rock show, and the owners said it was okay to have our dog, Glitter, be the ring bearer! The staff was amazing, they loved all of our ideas, and everything ran really smoothly on our special day.”

Kawaii polkadot diy wedding10

Continue reading

Playful, Glittery & Kawaii Wedding at the Madonna Inn: Suzi & Spencer

Anna Delores Photo_Madonna Inn wedding_0210

Suzi and Spencer’s Madonna Inn wedding was inspired by all the things they love, “Persian-American mod-podged in glitter and influenced by kawaii” was how they described it to me! A lot of things they made themselves included the glittery table numbers and escort cards and the brooch flowers used in with the real flowers in the bouquets and centrepieces!

Anna Delores Photo_Madonna Inn wedding_0027

“I’m first-generation Iranian, so we decided to have a Persian wedding”, Suzi explained. “Spencer is from Washington, so we also wanted to include traditional wedding customs which we personalized. We started with a colorful and playful animated Save the Date film that poked fun at our differences. We had a hand in all of the design elements, including the invitations. Spencer designed an emblem of a cat and an orca, inspired by our personalities and Haida art from the Pacific Northwest.”

Anna Delores Photo_Madonna Inn wedding_0384

Continue reading