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A DIY Wedding at a Safari Park: Jodi & Dave

I’m not gonna lie, where was something in particular that swayed me when it came to featuring this wedding… Stan, the ever so slightly disgruntled looking cat. Of course when I saw the rest of the photos, I just happened to fall in love with Stan’s owners, Jodi & Dave as well, but if I’m going to be 100% truthful, Stan did help their cause.

This couple didn’t want to spend a fortune on the wedding and so by DIYing as much as they could the day came in at under £9000. The ceremony was held at Swiss Gardens, Shuttleworth with the reception taking place in the Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park. “We looked at about 12 venues from a marquee where I keep my horses to a vintage factory ballroom but nothing quite ticked all the boxes”, wrote Jodi. “But when we found Swiss Gardens we knew instantly this was the one. We originally booked it for August 2013, but then were told the venue would be shutting down for 18 months for a lottery funded renovation so we could only postpone, cancel or move it forward! So we moved it forward giving us only 6 months to plan and make everything!”

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A Fancy Dress Halloween Wedding: Oddd & Elle

So we’re in to October already so you know what that means… Halloween! And for Oddd & Elle, despite being married in August, their favourite holiday was the obvious choice of theme for their epic wedding.

“Anyone who knows us knew that our wedding was going to be a little different, as we’ve always done things our own way”, began the groom. “After a chance meeting when we were both invited last minute to a day out, we have been inseparable, We got engaged on our first Christmas day in our first home and we set our wedding date for our 9 year anniversary on Friday 17th August 2012.”

“We wanted a wedding that was personal to us and reflected our personalities by being fun, relaxed and quirky”, he continued. “We designed our own outfits, wrote our own vows and worked closely with our suppliers. Amy of The Wedding House made our custom designed cake and I designed, carved and painted the cake toppers to compliment it. We were lucky to have close friends and family who were able to help out with hair, make up, nails, invitations, Elle’s dress & my outfit, as well as the additional ceremony and reception decorations.”

“I loved our ceremony”, Oddd remembered.”Elle looked incredible in her custom dress, truly my angel, as she entered the ceremony room to Siouxsie & The Banshees’ ‘Last Beat Of My Heart’. The ceremony had a very relaxed vibe with plenty of smiles and laughs (and happy tears once we began exchanging our personal vows) and suited us perfectly especially with having the Eels’ ‘Beautiful Freak’ played as we signed the register. We lead the guests outside as husband and wife to The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’.”

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A 50s Wedding Inspired by Back to the Future: Laura & Chris

We’ve never really been a ‘weddingy’ kind of couple so after the initial haze of getting engaged and buying all sorts of wedding magazines and stuff, we realised there wasn’t a whole lot out there that was really very ‘us’,” began Laura, who married Chris in August this year. “At one point I’d even considered getting a traditional wedding dress and being a lady for a day but luckily all was saved when we went to see Back to the Future when it was re-released at the cinema. As soon as I saw the dresses at the enchantment under the sea dance, I realised that I knew what I wanted for our wedding.”

The couple make a lot of their wedding decor themselves using DIY tutorials from YouTube and on Rock n Roll Bride (yey!) “Doing things ourselves saved money and meant that we could make things really personal to us”, she continued. “YouTube and the tutorials on Rock n Roll Bride were invaluable to us. For example our centrepieces were made using a tutorial for back-lit photos. I used three matching picture frames and stained them to match our colour scheme. I then photocopied a picture of me as a child, a picture of Chris as a child and a picture of us together onto tracing paper which I stuck onto the inside of the frames with double sided tape. Then I stuck the frames together and put a battery powered candle on the inside (don’t use a real candle – unless you want some pyrotechnics!) It made a really nice talking point for the tables and just made things that little bit more personal.”

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A Thespian Wedding with a Focus on the Ceremony: Theresa & William

Theresa & William were married at Preston Court, Kent, in April. Both being actors they had a subtle thespian theme and lots of entertainment!

“We met while working for outdoor theatre company,” began the bride. “Last year, at the end of a performance of Pirates of Penzance, and on stage in front of 350 people, Willie proposed! It came as quite a surprise to everyone apart from our MD Ben Wiles, who had been instructed to play the Dr Zhivago theme as he went down on one knee! Ben also played at the wedding as I walked down the aisle.”

For Theresa & William, the ceremony was the most vital part of their day. Often put the wayside by couples busily obsessing about how their wedding will look, both the bride & groom wanted this part of the day to be their main focus. “When it came to planning the wedding, we knew we wanted the ceremony to be the most important part of the day”, Theresaexplained. “We didn’t want a civil ceremony that wouldn’t allow any religious or spiritual words to be said but we also didn’t want a church wedding. We decided the only thing to do was to write our own. Firstly we found our celebrant, David Abel. We went to visit him and decided that he was definitely the person we wanted to marry us. With his help and guidance we ended up with a ceremony that was part celtic handfasting, part traditional church wedding and part just us! We kept rewriting until we both were 100% certain that every word felt perfect.”

“Near the beginning we had everyone singing ‘Bring me sunshine’, which was one of our favourite parts of the day. We exchanged gold rings that we had made for each other (so much fun, with the help of jeweler Sue Lane at her studio in Hereford) and vows that we had written. My gorgeous bridesmaid Lizzie Dive sang ‘If I was a sailboat’ by Katie Melua, accompanied by Willie’s brother Alex on guitar as we lit a unity candle.”

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A Quirky Alice in Wonderland Wedding: Nic & Ed

Nic & Ed chose Gaynes Park in Epping as the perfect spot for their June wedding. “It is the most amazing venue ever and their food is the highlight”, explained the bride, “In fact people are still raving about it now, it was better than any restaurant I’ve ever been to! It’s also a beautiful space, which didn’t need a lot doing to it which was perfect for us. I just put a few bits here and there to make it ‘ours’.”

“My inspiration came from my love of cakes and Alice in Wonderland. Ed was very happy to let me go off and try and put as much of ‘me’ into the wedding as I could. My aim was for people to know if was our wedding.”

“We made quite a bit ourselves including our table numbers which were numbers from hobbycraft which we decorated with glitter, fabric, sheets of music and pages from books. The table plan started life as a mirror. The name places were the hardest to make and took me nights and nights to get them all done. They were made from red foam, cut into a heart shape and decorated with red glitter. I used fimo to make a scroll and then painted people’s names onto them. I now see them in people’s houses when we go round!”

“We really weren’t worried about what people would think of the way we did things”, Jenny continued. “We had silly readings and came out of the ceremony to Beat Surrender by The Jam. Ed put his foot through my dress dancing down the aisle but we didn’t care as we had so much fun!”

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A Colourful Country Garden Fete Wedding: Tom & Jenny

The DIY wedding of Tom & Jenny took place in Kent in July. After a church ceremony, their low key reception was held in Tom’s parent’s back garden.

The bride wore a short wedding dress from Yours Truly Bridal Shop in Maidstone which cost her just £180 with a gorgeous headpiece was by a Rock n Roll Bride favourite, Crown & Glory. Alongside her lucky bridesmaids, she wore Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon shoes and instead of bouquets they all carried a single giant faux flower stem, bought from Hobbycraft costing just £2 each!

“We tied the knot in our local parish church and had a wonderful DIY reception in a marquee on the lawn of Tom’s childhood home”, began Jenny. “Our theme was of a country garden party or fete so we had pétanque, jenga, croquet and a coconut shy that Tom and his best man Nick made for me in secret! We also wanted to make the garden decor a bit of a surprise for our guests, so we had loads of garden gnomes and pink flamingos dotted around that we had collected. In fact of of my favourite parts of the wedding was seeing people continually surprised and excited and commenting about all the little things we had spent so long thinking about and planning for. Whilst it was our day, we wanted to give our friends and family from over the years a great knees up, and seeing all our efforts come off was very humbling. There was no colour theme at all, the brief was simply: ‘colourful!’ And, as can be seen from our bunting, the more mismatched the better!”

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