If you read Rock n Roll Bride magazine, you may recognise today’s bride, Emma, because she writes the home décor column in every issue. She’s also an interiors blogger and if you’re looking for retro/ 60s/ 70s/ rock n roll inspo for your own home you need to check her website and Instagram out!. When she told us she was getting married to her beau, Josh, last November, and doing so in true Rock n Roll, laidback fashion, we just KNEW it would be a super stylish day that screamed them.
Inspired by weddings from the sixties, they planned a intimate celebration in their hometown of Margate influenced by George Harrison and Pattie Boyd. The day was planned in under six weeks and they spent less than £5,000! They did exactly what they wanted without conforming to anything traditional.
“We’re proof that a wedding doesn’t have to be normal or expensive”, Emma wrote. “It doesn’t take anything away from the day and I still feel like it was such a special time. I literally woke up the next day and said ‘That was the best day of my life and I’m SO glad I didn’t spend £20k on it’!”.
Nicole and Brandon are both huge music fans so they wanted to incorporate music into as many details of their wedding as possible. From the invitations which were record and cassette tape designs, to the flowers made from sheet music and even the centrepiece which were all instruments. The favours were guitar picks, magnets, buttons and stickers and were set up like a merch table and the music that played throughout and the reception was a combination of guest requests (which they asked on the RSVP cards) and their own favourites.
The day was held on Coney Island, at Gargiulo’s Restaurant. “Coney Island is such an iconic place that many of our friends had never seen”, Nicole told us, “it was great to be able to share one of our favourite places with our favourite people. The all-Italian never-ending food was definitely unique. Our DJ was very unconventional and created a great flow from the ceremony into the Italian Goodfellas-esque cocktail hour, energetic intros, and eclectic dance party. The punk rock after party definitely surprised the guests and took the event to a different level. We got so many complementary messages from our guests about the details and unique experience.”
Alex and Sarah stuck to their guns for their August 2020 wedding, and despite planning it for over two years, decided to go ahead anyway. “When we originally booked our Thursday date, it was because we both work in the music industry so summer weekends we’re usually working at festivals,” the bride told us. “Not only did it end up being way cheaper than a weekend wedding, but our friends and family were more than happy with the idea of making a long weekend of things as they had plenty of notice.”
“As the year unfolded and it became apparent that we weren’t going to be able to have the celebration that we originally planned, we decided to go with the flow and have our day as best we could, which was of course stressful at times with the ever-changing goalposts. Reduced numbers meant we ended up being able to claw back some of our budget, which was a relief as in the planning we’d nearly doubled our intended spend! We now have a nice little starter for a honeymoon, once it’s safe to travel again.”
Armed with a £10,000 budget and a mutual love of anything a little bit vintage, a little bit rock ‘n roll, Toni and Andy planned their February wedding over two iconic Belfast locations – Queen’s Film Theatre and Empire Music Hall.
“It was just so ‘us’”, Toni writes. “We picked what we liked and it all came together. In the end it was a little bit vintage, a little bit rock ‘n roll. True Romance, Elvis, beehives and mohawks! We were also inspired by old fashioned wedding photos; Dolly Parton’s wedding, Elvis and Priscilla’s, our grandparent’s…. in their photos I think you can see the love in and they’re just timeless.”
They really made the most of their cinema ceremony space by having popcorn for the guests and then screenings of True Romance and Grease afterwards! “Getting married in a film theatre was definitely the right choice for us”, she continued. “and it was so cosy, as well as a little bit offbeat. It was also nice to have a choice of two films. After the ceremony as we all got the chance to relax. It’s easy to have a unique wedding in Belfast as there’s so many special places to get married and brilliant vendors.”
Milica and Aleksandar met in a youth hostel 11 years ago, and have since travelled around the world together – visiting more than 30 countries and over 30 US states! It was on one of their trips to the States that they eloped in 2017 in a mermaid-inspired ceremony (which we also featured!) on Coney Island costing just $500. They always said they’d have another wedding back in Serbia to celebrate with their family and friends, so they did just that in the summer of 2018.
Joined by more than 150 people this time round, and with just one month to plan everything, they took their beach wedding theme as a starting point and incorporated it with loads of other things that they love. In fact, they kicked off their ceremony with the sound of ocean waves and a projection of Coney Island itself. Milica and Aleksandar then sang Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s with a backdrop of a projection of a car ride through Arizona, as a nod to their big American road trip. Milica’s mum and the couple’s close friends gave speeches, and Aleksander’s brother performed their ceremony.
If you’ve picked up a copy of my book, then you may recognise Dafna and Eylon as their Las Vegas elopement is one of the real weddings featured inside. I LOVED those images and their story so much! Although they always wanted to get married in Vegas, they also wanted to celebrate with their loved ones back home in Tel Aviv, so it was the perfect excuse to have for a second wedding. The day was held at Bascula, a cultural arts centre that is home to a circus.
You are going to LOVE this wedding. The couple got ring finger tattoos during the ceremony, the groom wore a red veil and they partied so hard someone broken their arm! Now THAT my friends, is Rock n Roll!
“We named our wedding FESTILOVE, a celebration of Rock n Roll, art and of course love”, explained Dafna. “Originally we wanted a Halloween wedding, but had to accommodate our family from abroad so we scheduled it in December during Christmas vacations. Since we couldn’t separate completely from our Halloween fantasy, the design featured a lot of skulls, spiderwebs and endless amounts of red roses and hearts. Accordingly, we asked the guests to follow a red and black dress code.”