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Relaxed & Guest-Focused ‘Wedstival’ Wedding in Dalston Heights

Louise and Mark’s wedding was cool and relaxed with a London vibe. They didn’t want it to be too formal, but also didn’t want to lose the feeling that it was a wedding and not just a party. Their wedding was held at Dalston Heights, a venue of two large, empty, inter-connecting rooms, meaning they we were able to transform the space into exactly what they wanted.

“The venue was our biggest expense but was the centrepiece of our day,” explained Mark, “and it gave us the room to create what we wanted. It was expensive because it was sought after, but we could immediately see why. The best thing about planning our wedding was knowing that the day would be exactly how we wanted it, and knowing we were going to be giving our guests an amazing time.”

“This was especially important to me,” continued Louise, “everyone goes on about it being YOUR day but I felt confident Mark and I would enjoy the day no matter what. However, I really did want our friends and family to have an incredible time, with delicious food, lots to drink and great music to dance to.”

Mark’s favourite part of the wedding was seeing Louise for the very first time in her dress, while Louise’s was the speeches, “My dad’s and the best man’s speeches were both really special. I was conscious I didn’t want the day to be too formal or stuffy so we’d spoken about whether or not we should even have speeches on the day, but I’m so glad that we did. I think as the bride these are the rare moments you might dread wondering what might be said, but they were both so warm and funny, it really made my day.”

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A Glittery, Feminist & Vegan Wedding in London

Steph and Dan wanted their wedding to be a lovely relaxed day turning into a big kick-ass party later on! They broke lots of traditions (no cake cutting or first dance) and made choices to reflect their feminist outlook. They included speeches from the bride, mother of the groom and the bridesmaid, got ready together in their own apartment, had their first look together at home and walked down the aisle together. Instead of their first dance, had a Jagerbomb toast to open up the dance floor!. With 115 guests, it was the biggest round they’d ever bought!

Rather than hiring wedding cars, they both took public transport to the ceremony at Islington Town Hall. “We walked through Brockwell Park, the best park in London, to Herne Hill train station, where we got the train to Victoria before jumping on the tube to our ceremony venue,” explained Steph. “We got many well wishes from passers-by; it was beautiful. We then flagged cabs to take us to St John’s Square for our reception and my bridesmaid and the three best men were responsible for doing the same for the guests.”

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London Marathon Wedding With Two Running Brides!

Lisa and Jemma met in London, almost nine years ago when Lisa was a personal trainer. Four years later they were training for their first marathon together – a fundraiser for pancreatic cancer, which Jemma lost her father to that year. Running helped her cope, and it soon became their favourite thing to do together, completely occupying their weekends with training, followed by several G&Ts and a good pie. They wanted their wedding to reflect all these things that they love; running, London, pie, Haribo and friends.

They got married on the London Marathon start line then ran the marathon and ended the day with a big party at a bar on the finish line! “We both love running so much, and there is something truly special about the London Marathon,” Lisa began. “We’d run 15 marathons between us, but had yet to run London together. We had jokingly said for years that our dream wedding would incorporate the London Marathon, but we’re too obsessed with getting a good time to stop (!) and didn’t think it would be possible to get married beforehand. One day, during a post-run tipsy picnic, we sent out some scoping emails to the Greenwich registrar, and she agreed if we could find a willing venue. The registrar we spoke to that day was the person who conducted our ceremony and she was brilliant.”

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Board Game Themed Central London Wedding

Holly and Laura met on a dating website. Both very shy, it allowed them to get to know each other really well before they met and once they did they immediately hit it off. “The first time we met in real life was at Waterloo station and both of us were ridiculously early!” Holly laughed. “We went to an art exhibition at the Southbank Centre. From there we walked and talked down the Southbank to Borough before jumping on a tube to Soho where we had a few drinks and lots of laughs.”

They were married in August and the day was held at The Dickens Inn in London. “Both of us had a Catholic upbringing and would have loved nothing more than to get married in church but as this wasn’t possible we wanted somewhere a bit quirky”, they explained. “Laura’s friend went to a wedding at the Dickens Inn and raved about it so we went along and instantly fell in love with it. The room faces out over St Katharine’s Docks both ways so it was beautiful and it also has a barn-like structure which is something we had been after, it was also literally 30 seconds from the most amazing view of Tower Bridge.”

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Snoopy & Peanuts Comic Themed Wedding

When the bride has a life long obsession with the Pennuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, there was only one wedding theme Amy and Alexander considered! They handmade almost all the decor and had a lot of fun coming up with creative ways to incorporate their favourite characters.

“The uniqueness of our wedding came from combining tradition with outrageous artistic licence in the shape of our unusual (yet ubiquitous!) theme”, said the bride. “You don’t get too many weddings where the bride puts on her Snoopy apron and conducts a pub quiz during the intermission either!”

“Our decorations were handmade mostly using cartoons from our favourite Peanuts strips, with bunting templates from ASDA and lanterns from Talking Tables. We were keen to avoid excessively flamboyant floral displays and I wanted a minimal look rather than engaging a florist. There was a lot of running around at the last minute, but potting some lavender (thank you mother-in-law!) and sticking with gypsophila for my bouquet gave some colour without overshadowing the other decorations.”

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1960s Working Man’s Club Meets a 1920s Speakeasy

The theme for Katie and Jimmy’s informal winter wedding was a mixture of a 1960s working man’s club with a 1920s speakeasy. They were married at Hackney Town Hall and hosted their reception at Earl Haig Hall, an old British Legion social club in Crouch End.

“We did it our way”, began the bride. “We met in the pub beforehand, we didn’t walk down the aisle and we had no music or readings at the ceremony. The ceremony was just for immediate family and close friends. There were just 20 of us there. At the reception there was no sit down dinner or table plan, we also had no posh cars and no bouquets. It was just informal and fun.”

The bride’s dress came from eBay and cost her £25! “It was purchased on a whim two weeks after getting engaged”, she said. “Wedding dress shopping wasn’t for me. I’m not very confident so found the whole process very stressful and I didn’t feel great in anything I tried. But I loved my eBay dress and was so pleased with it. I made my veil myself with materials that cost less than a fiver. I also bought some amazing leopard print shoes from Topshop.”

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