Being a florist who has worked in the wedding industry for twenty years, Sarah Jo knew she wanted to do something completely different when she married her long term partner (they’d been together 15 years!) Dan. Both performers at heart who’s friendship began in a band almost two decades ago, they decided that the only thing for it was to have a rock concert wedding! But not just a concert themed wedding, to put on an ACTUAL ROCK CONCERT and get married up on stage in between performances.
“After 15 years we decided to tie the knot and both agreed our wedding would need to be something really spectacular, unexpected and a reflection of us”, began the bride. “We wanted our guests to have a real Rock n Roll concert experience with lots of surprises. We did it AND managed to keep the details a secret for our 400 guests – who all came dressed up (or down), in their best 80s attire!”
Alright, we need to talk about one of the greatest destination weddings I’ve probably ever seen: Cara and Tod’s insanely awesome, super colourful, don’t-give-a-fuck Ibiza wedding! The groom wore a silver sequin jacket and his groomsmen were in NEON PINK SHORT SUITS. I kid you not, you will never have seen a wedding quite like this one before. Oh and there were real life mermaids at their reception – NBD.
They split the wedding over two days, meaning they could have a whole weekend of fun in the sun with all their guests. “The legal ceremony was a traditional beach ceremony followed by a meal at El Chiringuito“, Cara explained, “but the after party/ reception was anything but traditional. The dress code to our guests was ‘Glitter, sequins, tropical, festival vibes’ – you can see by the photos what a fabulous effort everyone made!”
Music is a massive thing for Carrie and Dee, who met at a house party after they’d finished working at Belfast Music Week in 2011, plus Carrie photographs bands for Getty Images (as well as weddings!) so it was a major theme for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Their other big love is good food and wine, so the meal had to be amazing! Basically, they said, it was all about everyone enjoying themselves.
The couple planned everything themselves. Dee had worked running Queen’s University Students’ Union for years, so he knew his way around organising an event, plus they wanted everything to be as DIY and personal as possible. Regarding a budget, Carrie said “Honestly we didn’t really set one as we had no idea where to start. Lots of friends and family helped, which made things so much easier for us, and both of us knew from the start we didn’t want to spend a fortune and end up paying for it for years to come, but we wanted to make sure it was perfect and for everyone to have an amazing time, so we cut costs where we could to keep it reasonable.”