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Budget-Friendly Gothic Pirate Wedding

Pixie and Jak didn’t want to spent a huge amount to get married, so planned a wedding to reflect their love of pirates (the groom) and gothic elements (the bride) with a budget of £7500. “In the early stages of preparing for our big day, we decided to do it all ourselves”, said Pixie, “which meant that we could get the style that is personal to ourselves. It also helped us to keep within the budget.”

They were married in August at Moorland Garden Hotel on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. They kept the costs down by having the bride’s aunt make the cake, opting for artificial flowers over real ones and making their own stationery.

“The wedding theme was very personal to us, having a gothic twist with a shade of pirate”, she continued. “My husband and his best men ere all in their pirate swagger and I wore a gothic wedding dress and had bright purple hair.”

The bride found her dream dress for a steal on Facebook! “I was on the hunt for that perfect dress, trying dress after dress until I found that perfect one. One night I decided to see if I could find myself a bargain online and with a bit of searching and some good fortune, I found a post listed locally on Facebook. My perfect dress, never worn, in my size at a bargain price! The dress alterations were designed by myself and was brought to life by the  Bridal Emporium in Exeter. I had black tulle added to the bottom over the top of the ivory. A black silk belt was sewn into the waist. My auntie gave me a wedding gift on the day which was attached to my dress, a gothic brooch with a fairy on it.”

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Treasure Island & Pirate Wedding in a Castle

Zoya and JP’s wedding day was themed around themselves and the things they love, which meant the groom’s Scottish heritage, florals, pirates!

“The day celebrated all we hold as fun and great about each other”, began JP. “From my Scottish heritage, to my wife’s amazing love of all things floral, to our love of pirate events to Treasure Island and the sea, to great food and dancing the night away with close friends. We kept thinking what would make people smile and have fun, and what would make them think, ‘That’s so JP & Zoya!’ – and then we did it!”

The couple married in May at the very grand Lulworth Castle in Dorset, looking out over the sea. They had a legal ceremony first, then a Captain Jack Sparrow actor arrived to officiate a pirate-themed second ceremony! “We made the seating plan into Treasure Island, and the wedding breakfast into a love of all things pirate and sea-scape”, said the bride. “JP and his entire band of seven best men were in full Highland regalia, whilst I wore a floral wedding gown. We involved our Chow Chow throughout the entire day, and all the wedding guests stood as witnesses to our marriage – instead of the usual one or two. Apart from that, it was a standard, run-of-the-mill wedding… If you don’t include the bouncy castle and the rum bar. Oh, and the pirate dress-up!”

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & Pirate Wedding

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Mandy and Dean met online and, after dating long distance, Dean proposed to Mandy at the top of Beeston Castle, where they’d had their first date. Their wedding theme was steampunk meets Alice in Wonderland with a bit of Mad Hatter and pirates thrown in. They were also inspired by the quote ‘We’re all mad here’ from Alice In Wonderland, which is also Mandy’s family motto!

The ceremony was a traditional Baptist ceremony officiated by one of Mandy’s childhood friends, and was one of her favourite parts of the day. “Marrying my best friend and soul mate was definitely my favourite part”, said Mandy, “as well as having everyone we love and cherish celebrate with us. It meant the world to both of us. The whole day was just perfect, full of smiles, love and laughter, oh and pirates!”

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“For our reception we decided to have a Mad Hatter’s tea party. The décor truly was an amazing family DIY project: everything was handmade. It was hard work but it really helped keep our costs down and produced incredible results. My mum made most of the decorations herself from scratch and came up with all the ideas, she’s so creative and talented it’s untrue! She made bunting out of playing cards and ribbon, our top hat post box and created the floral table decorations using large glasses we picked up in a bargain shop. We collected all the vintage tea cups with the help of family and friends scouring second hand shops and markets, then put them together with artificial flowers and added fans made from playing cards and pheasant feathers to match the buttonholes and my bouquet.”

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Princess and Pirate Punk Wedding

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Jo and Jonny had a wedding like no other – it had a princess pirate punk theme! They were married in Belfast in November.

“Our wedding theme would be best described as a princess marrying her pirate in a punk fairytale!” said Jo. “We got our biggest inspiration from looking at what we DIDN’T want. We decided we didn’t want to spend thousands of pounds and we definitely wanted something that represented us and made us happy. We looked how we wanted and we only invited the people who were really important to us.”

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“The one thing we wished we’d known before starting to plan was just how utterly crazy people get around weddings!” she laughed. “We’ve had kids and knew that babies can bring out some crazies from the woodwork, but nothing compares to the amount of opinions you will get from other people when you tell them you’re having an alternative wedding!”

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Pirate Wedding in Italy

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Marcy and War’s wedding was pirate themed! The day was held at Castello di Leguigno restaurant in Casina and their ceremony was officiated by a friend. Both the bride and groom wore pirate costumes made for them by Midnight Costumes. They also made the bride’s bouquet from bones, shells and rope. The couple also asked all their their guests to dress up, and everyone obliged!

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“I didn’t want a wedding like all the others”, began the bride. “We are both cosplayers and nearly everyone of our guests is too. It’s a really large group of friends and we travel all throughout Italy and attend conventions. The idea of a pirate theme was inspired by Pastafarianism (Church of the flying spaghetti monster!) We wanted to make sure everyone would be dressed up so wearing a costume was a must-do on our invitation.”

“We weren’t really fussed with décor and details, mainly because we figured our guests would ornate the venue enough with the amazing variety of costumes”, she continued. “We just had a few skulls dotted about an a treasure chest cake which we made ourselves!”

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Spaghetti Themed Pirate Wedding in Poland: Ola & Aaron

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The massive variety of weddings that I get to feature is one of the best things about running this blog. I also love that nothing is off limits! A spaghetti themed wedding where the couple were married by a pirate in a courtyard in Poland? Oh go on then!

“My outfit was a too short white dress, and old leather belt which cost me 50 cents from a flea market in Morocco, stripy tights, cowboy shoes from Mexico and earrings and a necklace made from dried pasta and coloured with nail polish!”, began the Ola, the bride. “Aaron wore plaid pants, a ruffled tux shirt, a leather vest and a used car salesman jacket which all came from a thrift store. His belt was from Transylvania!”

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“My bouquet was made from spaghetti and we didn’t serve cake – just giant pots of spaghetti which we made ourselves! In terms of entertainment we had a gypsy folk band, ping-pong, alcohol, a friend doing henna and a spaghetti fight!”

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been trying to get official status in Poland and we were the first wedding of its kind in Warsaw”, she explained. “We were married by a pirate, while dressed as pirates, and people threw spaghetti. Then we ate (different) spaghetti. Other than that, it was perfectly normal.”

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Pirate Themed Wedding: Jade & Dave

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While watching Pirates of the Caribbean one evening, Jade turned to her fiancé Dave and commented about just how fun it would be to have a pirate themed wedding. To her surprise, Dave agreed immediately, and so their wedding theme was decided!

“We are so glad we chose to have a themed wedding”, began the bride. ” Obviously it wasn’t with out it’s dramas, mainly from out guests not wanting to dress up for fear of looking silly, but in the end everyone put in so much effort and it really showed. They all looked great and we are so grateful to all of our friends and family for joining in with our madness for the day! The whole day was very funny and everyone was laughing and smiling all day long.”

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“A lot of our décor was DIY”, she continued. “We didn’t have any real flowers as I thought pirates and flowers don’t really mix, but I still wanted something pretty to carry. I came across bouquets made of buttons online and thought I’d try and make them myself. I added a few piratey brooches and charms to go with the theme too. The signs, stationary and guest book were also made by us.”

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Pirate Wedding in Toronto: Jackie & Y’Ves

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Jackie always knew she wanted a pirate themed wedding, even before she met Y’ves. So when it came to this couple saying “I do” there really was only one way they were going to do it! The wedding was held on The Kajama Tall Ship, docked at The Harbourfront Centre on Queens Quay West in Toronto. They had their ceremony on the deck at 12.30, they set sail at 1 ‘o clock and everyone de-boarded at 5.30.

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Guests were then invited to join them for post-wedding cocktails in the Watermark Lounge at the Radisson Admiral Hotel. The evening ended with a bit of a pirate pub crawl, hitting up the Amsterdam Brew Pub and then the Foggy Dew Irish Pub (where the couple met while they were both working there).

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Pirate Wedding & The Miss Havisham Wedding Dress: Tim & Lisa

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Back in March 2012, I was asked to speak at The Photography Farm, a wedding photography workshop hosted by the amazing Lisa Devlin. At each 3-day workshop we also include an epic styled shoot for the students to practice their new-found skills. For this particular class we decided to go for a spooky modern Miss Havisham theme and the incredible Jo of The Couture Company offered to make us a bespoke dress to fit the theme.

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When I first laid eyes on that gown I was smitten. It was the perfect mix of classic bridal – giant tulle, multi-layered skirt and corseted top, with a massive injection of spooky, gothic cool. As amazingly perfect as the dress was for the shoot, it never even crossed my mind that a real life bride might then go on to buy it for her actual wedding. So when Jo sent me the photos of Tim & Lisa’s Pirate wedding, complete with the Miss Havisham dress, I was so flipping excited. I mean, how amazing does Lisa look?!

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Swedish Pirate Wedding: Gina & Fredrik

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With almost zero budget but a theme they knew through and through Gina & Fredrik had a pirate themed wedding in Sweden. They were married at the Port of Sundsvall (where else?!) and had their reception at their own home. The couple made their own clothes and apart from their wedding photographer David Schreiner, had no other vendors helping them out.

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“We walked everywhere and had our guests playing music as our entertainment”, explained the bride. “My daughters did my hair and make up and we made our own outfits. The wedding was very casual and relaxed. Only our best friends and closest relatives where invited. The wedding was held in the harbour, which was rather unconventional. All our guests got in with the theme and they all dressed up. We had bottles of rum which where labelled with our last names.”

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Shopping Mall Pirate Ship Wedding: Holly & Jake

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Holly & Jake were married on a pirate ship… in the middle of a shopping mall in Edmonton, Canada. Nope, there’s nothing unusual about that at all! They had wedding photographer Michel Feist of Ampersand Grey to capture their ceremony and portraits.

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“Our inspiration was just using what we liked and what matched our personalities”, explained the bride. “We wanted something that was fun and laid back. We wanted people to come and say ‘Yeah that was totally Holly’ or ‘That was a really Jake thing to do’. What made us Rock n Roll was that we didn’t want to fit in with other kinds of weddings. We didn’t worry about having a really fancy affair. We kept the important parts really important and the rest was just fun. We made sure that the wedding represented who we are and we aren’t really fancy people so we didn’t think the wedding needed to be either.”

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