Aiming for their August wedding to feel like ‘the best night out in a pub EVER!’ Ali and Jed’s colour scheme was inspired by her custom dress by The Couture Company and her jewellery from Rosalyn’s Emporium. “The oxytocin symbols were a nod to Jed’s love of science,” Ali told us, “and the buses were to represent my late father.”
Their reception was a good old fashioned knees up at The Prince Albert in Camden. “COVID meant we had to rearrange three times and also consider how we would manage with a much smaller version of the guest list,” Ali continued. “In the end we choose to hold out for a date when we could have the original numbers. In the end we were engaged for three years before getting married so I ended up with a lot of time to make DIY stuff.”
Lois and Luke’s love of alternative culture and a desire to stand out from the crowd meant that they had plenty of different ideas to work with for their July wedding day. “I always thought we would have an all out themed wedding,” Lois told us, “but as we have so many interests we couldn’t settle on just one so we decided to incorporate some elements from each.”
They started with sparkly and iridescent as a colour scheme, mixed with pink to match Luke’s shoes and tie. They then took things from some of their favourite interests; like a Lord of the Rings ring box, a Harry Potter sign, Beatles pocket watch and a matching badge that they both wore to represent their favourite band, IDLES. And that’s how you come up with a wedding theme that’s completely unique to you!
Nicola and Scott were never overly bothered about having a wedding, having been together for 13 years before they decided to do it, but they came around to the idea because they wanted a big party! “We wanted all of our loved ones together for a celebration but were happy to keep the ceremony a more private occasion,” Nicola told us.
With that in mind, they ditched most wedding day traditions like cake cutting, first dance, seating plans and favours. “We were able to create the same kind of atmosphere you would get at a standalone wedding venue in a pub, on a much smaller budget, by picking a stylish location that didn’t require lavish décor, and spending most of the budget on food and drink, because we all know these are the most important elements to a good knee’s up!”
Hannah and Nick chose Dewsall Court in Hereford for their summer 2019 wedding. They wanted an eclectic and colourful day and when they visited the venue and found out they had a canopy already set up outside that they could have their ceremony under, they were sold!
They were legally married two weeks before at the register office so they asked the bride’s uncle to officiate the blessing on the day. He came up with a ceremony that featured the two of them as Beano characters and ended with them having to don false noses as the ‘ring exchange’!
Holly and Tim knew they wanted a relaxed wedding day with their friends and family and a full on party/gig vibe in the evening! They were inspired to include elements of all the things they love, including Game of Thrones, Halloween and live music, to create a mash-up theme that represented them as a couple.
The couple were married at Kidderminster Town Hall in October, with a £5000 budget to bring their dream wedding day to life. Pretty much everything at the wedding was crafted; Holly made skulls out of decoupage for table decorations, as well as galaxy jars out of glass skull bottles. She’s an illustrator, so designed their table names, table plan and wedding signs. One of her favourite projects was hand-painting champagne glasses with people’s names with Tim; not only were they used as name places, but doubled up as wedding favours for guests to have a memento from their day.
After 17 years together, Chris and Sammy made sure that when they did finally decide to tie the knot, they were going to do things their way! The main inspiration for their day was how they didn’t want their guests to feel constrained by convention or pressured to spend lots of money coming to their wedding, so ‘come as you are’ was an overriding thought. After that, they focused on a colourful festival vibe – they used to go to the Big Chill Festival when it was still running so they wanted their wedding to capture the spirit and feeling of the fond memories they have from there.
They tried to make their day as relaxed as possible, for all of their guests, big and small, “We wanted to make sure that our friends who brought their kids could relax as well, so making sure the kids had loads to do and had a safe place to play and let off steam was one of our priorities,” explained Sammy. “Also, we didn’t want to cost people loads to come along, we just wanted them to be there, so we chose a venue that would allow people to camp if they wanted to.”
Heather and Matt found wedding planning super enjoyable. They loved spending so much time together, making all the decisions as a team and going to wedding fairs! For the theme of the day they wanted to focus on the outdoors, and even for the indoor portions, they chose things that reflected their love of nature. Influenced by all the wonderful bees in the lavender surrounding the venue, their woodland theme was born.
On their tables they had tree trunk slices and wild flowers in jars. “We made all of the place cards and tried to add personal touches like hanging photographs were we could, neither of us are that crafty but we tried our best!” Heather laughed.
Sarah and Darren’s colourful day had happiness as the theme, and we LOVE it. With loads of super cute and thoughtful touches for their guests, it was a joyful day of celebration. And you KNOW it’s going to be a super cute day when their romantic story began Gavin and Stacey style, falling in love when chatting IT sales over the phone – legitimately! My heart!
“Our wedding theme was the same as our inspiration in our relationship which has always been HAPPINESS,” Sarah explains. “We only wanted a wedding that we’d remember for colourful, relaxed and happy guests, and went for a summer fete kind of thing. We had hay bales, a gin and prosecco van serving over 40 different types of gin, lawn games, and basically a very relaxed summer’s day. The ceremony itself was in the secret garden of The Manor House Hotel, Weston-on-the-Green, and we had exclusive use of the whole place for the day. Most guests stayed overnight at the venue (it has 28 rooms), so it meant people could really let their hair down and relax with us.”
Despite the wedding reception being held in a hall dating back to 1066 (therefore being quite dark) Sarah and Darren used rainbow coloured table decorations to keep it bright and emulate the sun outside. Their table numbers were cities they love and the overall theme had a slight Fijian theme. Sarah’s brother lives in Fiji and him and his partner wore traditional Fijian clothes – they also had an INCREDIBLE Moana themed cake made by Sarah’s cousin Jessica May!
Tahmina and Tom’s wedding was a rock and metal festival by the sea, held at the East Quay Venue in Whitstable. As they’d met at uni and hit it off straight away by sitting the corridor talking about music and sharing a bottle of Jack Daniels, it was only right that music played a huge part in their big day.
Right from the off guests knew they were in for some festival-style fun, with Wedfest wedding invites that looked like festival tickets and lanyards made up for the wedding info and order of the day. Music was a central part of their ceremony too, with Tahmina walking down the aisle to Wicked Game by HIM and them both walking back up with TNT by AC/DC. “Our ceremony was the bit we were least looking forward to,” Tahmina explains. “Despite the tattoos, coloured hair and loud mouth persona, I’m actually quite shy and suffer from crippling anxiety when I’m in an uncomfortable situation. The thought of a room full of people watching me walk down the aisle and stand there brought me out in hives, so we chose the quickest option given by Kent County Council – it was over within 10 mins!”
Yes yes yessss you read that right. I am SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED to finally tell you about this collaboration! I have been wanting to work with someone on a Rock n Roll Bride clothing range for a while (in fact, when I was doing my pre-book launch tease on Instagram so many of you guessed/hoped we were doing clothing!) So when I started chatting to my friend Jo of The Couture Company about some really beautiful jackets she was working on… well, I knew it was the perfect fit. We are launching this collection with one design, available in a few different ways.
The centrepiece of the range is the biker jacket, which is available in two colour and fabric options – a stunning rose gold or a classic black. You can order it in the most buttery soft genuine leather or high quality faux leather (full disclosure: the faux leather is completely vegan but the embroidery on the back does have a small amount of silk in it. Also, the faux leather is a bit more pure gold than rose gold, but it’s the closest colour match we could find in such a good quality faux). The lining is made from a shimmer soft satin in my signature shocking cerise pink and even the zippers and fastenings are beautiful, made in a rose gold finish. In short, this is my DREAM JACKET.
But the back is where the party really happens! Jo and I worked together to come up with this exclusive ‘Rock n Roll’ embroidery design. The thing I love about it the most is that it’s not actually really that weddingy at all. You can keep wearing it after the wedding is over too meaning it’s going to be a great investment piece.
I am a strong believer in the outfit-transforming power of high quality accessories. The cheapest high street outfit will look a million bucks when paired with a well fitting jacket, a ridiculously awesome pair of shoes, or a statement handbag. In fact one of the only other pieces of a similar quality that I own is a designer leather jacket that Gareth got me as a Christmas gift a few years ago. It was an investment for sure, but I pull it out of my wardrobe every autumn and wear it religiously until it starts to get warm again in the spring. It also gets better with age as it moulds and relaxes to my shape each time I wear it. I know I’m going to own it until I’m old and (well probably not grey but ya know..!)
Fast fashion this is not. I am very proud and excited to be working with The Couture Company on a line that is handmade in the UK from really high-quality materials. Your jacket will be made for you by Jo and her amazing team from their Birmingham studio, meaning it’ll literally be the best fitting jacket you’ve ever owned. As with all The Couture Company’s work, each one will be hand-crafted, cut and stitched with love and care (no mass production factory in sight). Here they are making mine:
Let’s get one thing straight: Rainbow weddings are always awesome. Why pick one or two colours when you can have the entire spectrum at your disposal!? Ashley and Ben clearly took this attitude when planning their summer wedding too.
After a ceremony at Tonbridge Castle they held their colourful reception in the groom’s parent’s back garden. “Our wedding was like a kid’s birthday party!” said Ashley. “We had a lot of balloons and roughly 100 multi-coloured lanterns hanging from the marquee ceiling. We also had a bouncy castle, pick ‘n’ mix table and a photo booth. We prioritised the guests having fun over us showing off. As such, people could come wearing whatever they wanted, and they could eat and drink as much as they wanted, whenever they wanted. In short, we believe a wedding should just be an awesome party, nothing more nothing less!”
The rainbow theme filtered through into their outfits too. Ashley wore an incredible custom-made dress from The Couture Company (complete with rainbow petticoat!) Irregular Choice shoes (and rainbow sliders for the evening!) and a Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory veil. “My dress was the biggest expense at the wedding”, she explained. “Initially we were budgeting £500 for it but we decided to go the Couture Company for a consultation and I fell in love with there dresses. I ended up spending over three times that much but there are no regrets here, my dress was perfect!”
It’s nearly New Year’s Eve, so let’s get into the alternative party spirit by injecting glitter, sparkles, rainbows and a bit of kawaii into your life with this head-turning shoot. And get your wish lists at the ready because you’ll be adding to them with no delay after seeing this.
The shoot’s first twinkle formed in the mind of Jo from The Couture Company after walking past the Irregular Choice store in Birmingham at least once a week. The shop has frosted pink glittery walls, flower installation, and a carousel (OMG!). They also did a few shots at Cereal Killer Café,
“This season, about nine out of ten brides arrived to their fittings carrying a box of goodness from Irregular Choice, so I thought it would be wonderful to collaborate on a shoot with them as they’re such a perfect complement to our crazy ass dresses and our brides’ quirky style. I met with manager Megan, who was a total babe, and she inspired me so much that I decided to invite the girls who work in the shop to be the models. Megan was a total star and totally rocked the shoot with her rainbow hair and badass curves. Lauren was so cute and curvy, with her cherubic face and blonde curls, making her perfect for our ‘Fleur’ and ‘Kawaii’ dresses. Then there was lovely Lily, who was our fiery fairy, and Claire the gorgeous brunette who rocked our ‘Poppy’ and ‘Nova’ star designs.”
When it comes to looking for bridesmaid dresses, it can be tricky to find anything really, truly unique. Sure, if you want to do the mismatched thing, or the multiway dress thing, or the 1950s reproduction thing it’s getting much easier, but if you want your maids rocking something really wacky and different it can be pretty difficult. While the high street is also a great place to look, it can also be hard to make sure all your girls match and look like bridesmaids, rather than just wedding guests.
Enter Curious Coco: A new range for alternative bridesmaids from the genius team behind The Couture Company! When I saw this shoot to launch the collection with all that colour and sparkle and rainbow action, I knew I had to share them with you.
“This shoot was created with one mission in mind: Go as bright as you like!” explained Jo, the brains behind The Couture Company and Curious Coco. “In a world of wedding beige we want to splash colour wherever we go. Our aim is to be super bright and offer a real alternative to traditional bridesmaids options.”