Where do we even begin with Bobbi and Graham’s wedding? The venue being an old Victorian baths? The amazing bridesmaids dresses in that gorgeous bright colour palette? The living room are that served as a top table and giant servings of paella made freshly in front of you? The space hoppers and garden games? All of it!?
They described their wedding as ‘a fun and colourful kids party’ (which is the best description everrrrr): “Fun and photographs were the inspiration – we printed out hundreds of photos to hang up around the venue and they just reminded us of all the adventures and fun we’ve had along the way, and all our friends and family that have helped make amazing memories. We just wanted a day that captured that really.” They also made for a great conversation piece amongst their guests.
Their venue, the Victoria Baths in Manchester, was the perfect space for their wedding. Not only did they have three swimming pools to use as they wished (empty, obviously), but they also had the gorgeous Turkish baths, balconies and changing rooms at their disposal, all set up with gorgeous green tiles and stained glass windows. Bobbi and Graham used each space to their advantage, with a ceremony area in one pool, reception tables in another, and garden games too, all following the colourful and eclectic decor theme. It also made for the most amazing portraits when they went to explore with their photographer, Shot by Amy, after the ceremony.
Aimee and Drew’s inspiration of their wedding was simple – “Tattoos, music, and us” – but totally effective, resulting in an absolutely gorgeous day. They wanted to bridge the gap of being respectful to the traditional wedding bits that meant a lot to the people they cared about, whilst still having a wedding that reflected them and what they love. They nailed it.
“We didn’t set out to have an ‘alternative’ wedding,” Aimee explains, “but just made our decisions based on what we love, because as a couple we always encourage each other to be who we are.” This meant a gorgeous House of Mooshki dress with red accents, a By Harriet headpiece with matching red birdcage veil, and the most incredible platform heels you’ve ever seen in your life. They also had a retro-tattoo themed cake from Miss Kitsch Cake, and Drew arrived in the van from The A-Team.
Emma and James love alternative culture (as you can see by all their tattoos!) but for their summer wedding they still wanted the theme to be feminine and timeless. They were married in Manchester at The Castlefield Rooms.
“I would describe our wedding theme as rustic, vintage and delicate”, began the bride. “We were inspired by a woodland and vintage items. I love all things wild and textured, and I would pick lace over satin and pearls over diamonds any day!”
The bride wore a dramatic fishtail gown, which she bought from Bridal Factory Outlet. “I had alterations to make to dress more fitted, lower the back (as it was previously a high back dress) and hidden hooks that thread your bra back through so it pulls down and hides wearing a bra. I kept my dress and accessories simple and to a minimum as my skin is decorated and i just think sometimes less is more!”
Jo and Gareth wanted to celebrate Manchester with their wedding. So they picked two iconic Manchester venues and had local music and poetry performances. They also only used suppliers based in the city.
The ceremony was held at The Deaf Institute. “We really enjoyed the ceremony, our registrar was fantastic”, explained the bride. “He put us at ease and was really kind. We walked in together to Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones which was a massive highlight! Our friend, Midge, read the poem I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke, and we also played the poem St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H. Wilson by Mike Garry. The room was the perfect setting with the stage, glitter ball, and wall of speakers. We walked out to Rebel Rebel by David Bowie whilst our guests threw confetti – it was so much fun!”
Beth and Martin were together for 11 years before they decided to get married. They wanted their wedding to be a relaxed, informal city wedding with skulls as decorations. They also wanted to focus on everyone having an amazing day. They decided to not have a table plan or a formal sit down meal.
“We took loads of inspiration from Rock n Roll Bride,” explained Beth. “We were on there daily looking at different ideas. All of the weddings featured really inspired us when we started planning, as it was great to see that there were other couples out there doing what they wanted! We also didn’t want the wedding to be too formal as it wasn’t our vibe. We didn’t have too much of a strategy when planning, if we liked it, it was in the wedding!”