Paige and Rick described their wedding theme as ‘a wedding in Wonderland’ and they were inspired by a version of Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dali. They used the book’s illustrations as inspiration for their different centrepieces, various decor and overall funky feel. They wanted the visuals to inspire curiosity much like Dali himself and his artwork, and hoped their wedding would transport their guests down the rabbit hole to Wonderland…
“As our guests entered the museum for our ceremony they were greeted with pink flower flamingos and the sign ‘Holy Shitballs Today is Going to be Awesome!’” began Paige. “Our ceremony took place on a helix shaped staircase in the middle of the Salvador Dali Museum with our family and friends on the floor above us looking down so everyone had a great view. We were married by the Mad Hatter with a light hearted, short and sweet ceremony. It was filled with messages of love but one of our most favourite parts was the ‘We Do’s’.”
Faye and Jason were married in Manchester Museum. The ceremony was held underneath the Tyrannosaurus Rex, in The Fossils Gallery. This was followed by a drinks reception amongst the taxidermy – including a tiger, lion, and a polar bear – and all underneath the skeleton of a sperm whale!
“Our wedding theme was ‘English Eccentric'”, said the bride. “We ended up with a mixture of English heritage, taxidermy, cake that looked like savouries, and Manchester iconography.”
“We didn’t have one particular inspiration as such, we just wanted to make it as fun as possible for everybody. We wanted lots of colour, brilliant music and a relaxed and friendly feel. We also wanted to support small, independent and, where possible, local, businesses. We’re so pleased we did as we got exactly what we wanted and a personalised service. We knew we didn’t want an off-the-peg wedding experience and every one of our suppliers spent time getting to know us and tailoring things for us.”
An almost completely DIY wedding is impressive enough, but when you have such a theme as steampunk then I think it’s doubly so! Alys and Stu were hitched last October in Manchester. The reception was held at the Museum of Science and Industry.
“We both love the steampunk and neither of us was particularly keen on a traditional white wedding”, said Alys. “We are also not religious we fancied doing something a bit different. We both love the Museum of Science and Industry and have been going since we were kids so it was quite a poignant place to get married. I can’t quite remember which came first, the theme or the venue, but either way they complimented each other really well!”
They shunned tradition in plenty of ways, not just with their inedible outfits! “We did a joint speech as we were not keen on a lot of the gender specific obligations. Likewise, I had both my parents walk me down the aisle. We let the cake bakers have first ‘cut’ of their own cakes rather than just us being up there doing it. My sister also did a speech as well as the best man and I had ‘bridesmates’ instead of bridesmaids (don’t really like the word ‘maid’).”