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Good Music, Food & Wine: A New Year’s Eve Wedding in Belfast

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.”

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Retro Inspired Steam Railway Museum Wedding

They met at work, and bonded over the bride’s ‘mod roundel’ tattoo. Jonny asked Grace if it meant she was the queen of mods, and they struck up a friendship. A few months later they got together properly at the work Christmas party thanks to some good old fashioned Dutch courage! They were married in October in Darlington.

“Our wedding was Northern and vintage inspired, with a bit of railway industry added in for good measure!” said Grace. “Our love of history, our local town and our DIY, creative ethos inspired us. In our spare time we run a life drawing sessions, so our wedding had to represent our love of the arts.”

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Cogs & Gears Inspired Industrial Wedding in Sheffield

Lenore and Liam’s wedding day was a celebration of all things industrial as well as showing their love for Sheffield, the city in which they live. They had lots of motifs and nods woven cleverly into almost every aspect of the day, including little bottles of Sheffield’s own Henderson’s Relish as place names and making their own wedding rings at CAST, combining the bride’s late mother’s ring, and a gold bracelet from Liam’s mother.

Their industrial theme was inevitable for a number of reasons. The bride explained, “Liam is a materials engineer who works testing metals for a company that creates the steel clips that hold railway lines in place, and I’m an archaeometallurgist studying ancient metals in my PhD in archaeology at the University of Sheffield. Together we share an interest in ancient and modern industrial practices. Additionally, Sheffield has a long and interesting industrial history, which we both feel somewhat connected to. The Kelham Island Museum seemed like the perfect choice for our venue.”

The bride wore Chi Chi London‘s Khloe dress in gold (“I chose a tea length dress for mobility as I knew I would want to run and jump on the day.”), along with the Kisinta heels from Irregular Choice and a Lily Bella veil. Liam went for a shirt from Ted Baker, suit and waistcoat tailored by Ashley Rogers, shoes by Rieker, and a pocket watch gifted by their maid of honour with an antique chain he customised himself. The bridesmaids and groomsmen were told to find something green that made them feel fabulous.

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Crazy Cat Themed Wedding on the Isle of Man

Ruby and Lukasz hosted their cat themed wedding party in October but they were actually legally married a year earlier. “We were broke, we’d just moved countries to the Isle of Man and we just wanted to get married so we eloped and got pizza afterwards!” Ruby explained. “This time we wanted a big party to share with our loved ones. Our budget for the party was £5000 which was pretty spendy for us, but I think it meant we were able to spend more on the things that really made it special like the photographer, the venue and the food.”

Although they were already legally married, they decided to have another ceremony that their friends and family could be a part of. “We thought about just having a big party but we decided we wanted to do the ceremony again too”, she explained. “The first time went so fast and felt so impersonal so we looked online for non-religious ceremonies on the Isle of Man. The IOM Freethinkers are a humanist society which embodies our own beliefs about life and spirituality so it was a perfect fit.”

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A Low Key & Local Wedding in the Rain

A classic wedding with a retro Rock n Roll vibe is how I’d best describe Chloe-Rose and Michael’s Melbourne wedding. They wanted to keep things local and relevant to their everyday lives so that meant the bride wore a short dress from a high street store and the ceremony and reception were held in some of their favourite local spots.

“We felt the wedding marked a continuation of our relationship rather than a new beginning”, said Chloe-Rose. ” We wanted to be genuine, everyday and real. So we picked our local park just around the corner from our house and had the wedding ceremony there. Prior to our arrival we served people sparkling wine ahead of the wedding so everyone would be relaxed. We then walked to the park through our neighbourhood much as we do everyday with a brief stop at our local pub The Flying Duck for a pre-wedding tipple to calm the nerves. Our reception was at Lucky Penny on Chapel St which is a local cafe not far from the park which we often frequent for breakfast.”

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Kitsch Robot Themed Wedding on a £5000 Budget

Charlie and Chris were married in Sheffield. The theme was robots and skulls and they had little nods to both of those things everywhere you looked.

“I’m not sure many weddings have quite so many robots included!” Charlie laughed. “They’re very important to both of us so needed to be a pretty big part of the wedding. We’ve always had an ongoing joke that he’s a robot. Unusually it was also me that proposed to Chris using a comic book called The Adventures of Robot Boy and Princess Kitty. Our engagement rings have robots with ‘Beep’ and ‘Boop’ on. We designed our wedding rings to have the same engravings on in our own handwriting and a hand drawn robot couple taken a card I’d made for Chris years ago.”

“We didn’t want to be too restricted”, she continued. “Our aim was to surround ourselves with things that made us smile which included tons of kitsch and colour with a healthy dose of robots, flamingos and sugar skulls. Chris constantly reassured me that if it didn’t give me the ‘eeeeee’ cute factor, then what was the point!? Our main aim was to have a really chilled out, fun and informal day so we could enjoy spending time with all our loved ones.”

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