With just £5000 to spend, Ali and Andrew knew they had to get creative for their wedding. They decided to skip the traditional wedding venue, instead bravely hosting their day completely outside at a camp site by the beach in East Lothian, Scotland.
“Initially when we thought about what we would do for our wedding we thought we would go back to St Andrews, where we met, and have a huge party on the beach”, said Ali. “However this proved to be out of our budget, so we decided to downsize to East Lothian, which is much more reasonably priced. We wanted to make the wedding reflective of us, so there were nods to our shared interests of writing and comics, to Andrew’s love of Doctor Who and my fondness for bright colours!”
“The main thing was we wanted it to be fun for our guests”, she continued. “We didn’t want anyone to get cold and bored, particularly in the ‘standing around waiting for formal photos to be over’ portion of proceedings, so we instructed everyone to bring a jumper, and brought along tennis rackets, swingball and various board games.”
I don’t think it’ll come as a massive surprise to any of you that the vast majority of newly-weds I interview say that they wanted their wedding to reflect them. They took their mutual passions and combined them to create a wedding that felt individual, authentic and unique. But it might shock you to hear that a lot of brides I chat to pre-wedding tell me that they’re really worried about whether their mish-mash of ideas will work together. I mean, when you have a set theme it’s pretty easy to know what’s going to go… but Halloween, Lego and sparkles? Do those things work side by side?
I say hell yes and so do India and Rab who had those exact things at their October 31st wedding in Edinburgh! “Our wedding was a Lego Hallowedding!” began the bride. “We mixed Halloween with old Hollywood glamour and all the things we love including Lego, horror films and sci-fi. We wanted our day to be as fun as possible and reflect our own personalities. Since getting together weave enjoyed some big Halloween parties, and had lots of fun planning costumes, decorations, and food so the wedding was a bit of an extension of that.”
Sarah and Colin’s homemade wedding was full of personal touches and Scottish references. They were married at Comrie Croft in Perthshire, Scotland.
“We had loads of help from friends and family with making things including individual crochet favours for each guest made by my mum, the cake by one of my bridesmaids, the table numbers by another and all the wooden props by my dad and brother”, Sarah said. “All the other cakes and desserts were made by guests – we had a cake competition! I also made the ribbon curtain we had at the ceremony and me and my bridesmaids made our own flower crowns.”
“The best bit of the day was the woodland ceremony. Seeing Colin shed a tear and having all my favourite people around us made me feel really special! Our friend Matt runs a community choir so we got him to make the guests into a wedding choir – they sang The Proclaimer’s Let’s Get Married. They all sounded so beautiful and it was a truly special moment for us.”