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Relaxed Pink Pub Wedding with a DIY Dip-Dyed Dress

Jennie and Scott’s Putney pub wedding was a riot of colour and a day of totally relaxed fun. The couple were completely chilled about the day – even when things weren’t going to plan – and you can see how beautiful the results were in the gorgeous pictures from Kat Forsyth!

They had both their ceremony and reception in the Duke’s Head, Putney. Alongside a theme of “pink, grey and very, very relaxed”, the couple drew inspiration from the pub itself and its quirky atmosphere and décor. Their ceremony was held in a quaint room upstairs, which was decked out in pink and white puffy decorations and confetti balloons and mismatched chairs. The sash windows were thrown wide open for a stunning September afternoon, all soundtracked by classical cello versions of old rock songs. Despite Scott messing up his vows when promising to be faithful, and Jennie hardly being able to get the ring on her finger due to the heat, they said “We giggled, we laughed, and it was perfect.”

A graphic designer by trade, Jennie did loads of bits herself, which both saved money and helped make it super personal. Finding the little details to add to the day was her favourite part of planning. “Each thing brought a little smile!” she explained. “Being a graphic designer and hands-on person, I made everything I possibly could. I did the bouquets, the guestbook and little confetti bags were made by me and so were the cake decorations, which still sits in the house today.”

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A Rainbow Heavy Metal Disco!

Shannon and Dave wanted to throw tradition out of the window for their London wedding. They had a legal ceremony at the register office the day before their main celebration which took place at Little Nan’s Bar and The Brookmill Pub in Deptford.

“Our wedding was a rainbow heavy metal disco with a science fiction twist… plus dogs!” began Shannon. “We were inspired by so many people, things, and events, but mostly music, bunting, food (we are both vegetarian so we wanted all the food to be both vegetarian and delicious) and Deptford, where we live  We love our neighbourhood! It can be rough around the edges and has a less-than-polished reputation but we love it just as it is. It’s vibrant, colourful and multi-cultural. We wanted to make Deptford the star of the show. We used local merchants and venues wherever possible. We created a Deptford prize pack with local goodies, artwork and craft beer for the winner of our pub quiz.”

“We disregarded all the rules”, she continued. “We decided up front that we were going to do things our own way. I don’t like flowers, so we had no flowers. Why should my dress be white? I don’t like white. If we liked a tradition, we kept it. If we didn’t, it went out the window. We knew from watching our friends go through the experience that other people (however well-intentioned) can have a tendency to impose their own ideas into a wedding. To avoid this, we planned things out before we told anyone we were getting married!”

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Wonderland Meets a 1950s Street Party

As lovers of all things vintage and regular attendees of vintage themed events, there was only one theme Helen and Aaron wanted for their July wedding. They are also pretty darn obsessed with afternoon tea which made choosing their catering options easy. They didn’t hire in a company to do it though, they made it all themselves!

They were married at Rotherham Minster Church. “My husband is an atheist and I was brought up Catholic”, Helen began. “I felt it was important for me to be married in a Church and Aaron respected this. The Church of England was happy to accommodate our different beliefs. The ceremony was laid back and very entertaining … especially when Reverend Bruce pulled out his surprise tambourine. We walked into the church the organ playing the Imperial March from Star Wars and left as the organ played Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Monty Python.”

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Eclectic & Relaxed Vegan Pub Party Wedding

Jemima and Dylan first date was on Skype! They had been basically bullied into adding each other on Facebook by a mutual friend due to their equal love of Star Wars and the band Bane. They decided to give long distance dating a chance (Jemima lived in Sydney Australia and Dylan lives in NYC) but two years later sealed the deal and got hitched!

Their wedding day was an eclectic and relaxed pub party, “We wanted something casual but still very fun,” explained Jemima, “ultimately though, it had to be ‘us’. We are both vegan so had an entirely vegan wedding. It was really important to us to find a reception venue which could cater this in a way that wasn’t intimidating to our guests. The Gasometer were fantastic in providing us with a really accessible vegan menu of great canapes like tacos, sliders and spring rolls that were all familiar to non-vegans and also totally delicious. We also tried to incorporate as many elements as possible that could be reused or recycled. All flowers were given to people and the venue to dry out and keep as decor and both our outfits can be entirely worn again.”

On their wedding day they met to do a ‘first look’ before heading to the Registry Office together for their ceremony, “As we had to meet at the Registry to go over our paperwork before the ceremony we decided to do a first look 15 minutes beforehand in the park next to the office. I’ve never been a very emotional person, however the moment I met Dylan down there and he turned around it was all over and the waterworks were well and truly flowing! Our first look actually turned out to be my favourite part of the day; the idea of having that first moment in front of everyone as I walked down the aisle terrified me so I’m glad we got to do it privately with just us, our photographer and our bridal party.”

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Colourful Pub Wedding

Laura and Jack’s pub wedding was low key, laid back and colourful. They didn’t want to be restricted by one particular colour or style, we they included a bit of everything they like.

“For inspiration I looked online and in magazines but mostly everything looked quite boring, until I found Rock n Roll Bride!” said Laura. “So I did take lots of inspiration from the website and magazine but mostly we just winged it and picked things we liked.”

The day started with a ceremony at Merton Registry Office. “The ceremony was lovely but seemed to be over so quickly! I was so nervous and excited while I waited, my stomach was full of butterflies. In my interview, the registrar commented on how handsome Jack looked and also how relaxed he seemed, this calmed me down and I couldn’t wait to see him! I walked down the aisle to Be My Baby and as soon as the little drum bit kicked in at the beginning and I saw Jack I totally relaxed. We giggled and kissed throughout the ceremony, a few late arrivals stumbled in half way through and we just laughed even more. Nothing mattered really, and as cliché as it is, we only had eyes for each other. We wrote personal vows to each other, but read them privately in the morning; those words were just for each other.”

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Budget-Friendly Pub Wedding with the Bride in Blue

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Steph and Ted may have spent less than £6000 on their Newcastle wedding, but they had a fantastically fun day. Their main goal was for everyone to have a great time without spending a huge amount of money.

“My brother Rikki and his wife Alix inspired us”, Steph began. “They had an incredible wedding in London a few years ago. Their day showed us that you can have the most fun without spending tens of thousands. Ted and I didn’t want to look a certain way or try to be anything other than just us having fun like we have done for the past eight years. So we kind of used our memories of places, parties and festivals as inspiration too.”

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The bride’s beautiful blue, two-piece dress was made by The Bespoke Bridal Boutique in Kettering. “My two-piece blue wedding gown was really unique. Laura at Bespoke Bridal Boutique designed and made me a dress that fit my style, personality and budget perfectly. Having in independent designer make my perfect dress actually saved us money too. I tried on ‘normal’ wedding dresses and the ones that I thought were only alright were priced in excess of £2000! Wedding dress shopping was hell for me everything looked the same. All I could see was silk, nets and white and I never wear white so it was hard to like anything. I met with Laura to discuss options she literally knew what I wanted before I did. She is an alternative wedding dress hero and blew me away at every point during our journey. On our wedding day Laura sent me a drawn image of my dress framed and signed and it brought me to tears it was a really nice touch.”

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