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A Colourful Family & Friend Orientated Celebration

Lottie and Scott’s February wedding was all about the homemade touches. In fact almost everything was DIY including the bride’s dress (made by her mum from a 50s pattern), the rainbow cake and the bouquets which were made up of faux flowers bought from Dunelm. As well as their obvious love of colour, the other thing they wanted their wedding to reflect was their love for their family and friends.

“Our wedding was very family and friends orientated”, Lottie told us, “to me it was all about having the people I love and care about there. Scott loves Ufton Court and the history behind it, so that was why we choose it as our reception venue.”

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When Life Gives you Lemons… Get Married!

We LOVE Megan and Phil’s unique and stylish wedding theme. A mixture of yellow, blush and nude tones with citrus fruits used as decor, they created a really beautiful, yet totally ‘them’ summer celebration (plus Phil is a chef so incorporating ingredients into their table settings felt very fitting!) Having the bridal party all in white really let the decor touches shine too – sometimes (sometttimesss!) less really is more!

Choosing The Boiler Shop, a unique event space and music venue in the centre of Newcastle, was a stoke of genius for their theme. The warehouse provided the perfect blank canvas for their theme, they were really able to transform the space and make it their own. All the flowers were done by a friend, Moira, using a mix of dry, fake and real flowers. Some were bought and others were home grown in her garden.

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Crazy & Colourful Three-Day Campsite Festival Wedding

When one wedding day isn’t enough – have three! Didi and Mark had their legal ceremony on the Friday, the main event on the Saturday and much needed recovery time on the Sunday. They hired Canvas and Clover, a luxury campsite situated on a working farm in Worcestershire, for the whole weekend.

“The inspiration for our wedding was to have a time and place to celebrate all the good things in life”, Didi began. “I recently found out that my family (which is rather large) only got together for sad times so I really wanted to be able to gather my family for a positive reason! What better excuse is there to have a three-day wedding!?”

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Retro & Budget-Conscious Whitby Wedding with a £40 Vintage Dress

Living and working in London but both originally from up north, Fiona and Jack, who met when they both auditioned for the same band at uni (the band is still going and they have been making and releasing music together for their entire relationship!) planned a retro inspired wedding in Whitby. It’s a place they have spent a lot of time in with family over the years so it was a very sentimental place for them to tie the knot. The autumn day started with a ceremony at Whitby registry office before a walk down to the seafront to play on to 2p arcade games and have their photos taken. The reception was then held at a recently reopened old church centre which they decorated and made their own.

Fiona is a graphic designer so made all the invitations and sign, and most of the decorations were DIY, too. Their cakes were Colin and Connie the caterpillar cakes from M&S, the table decor and flowers were all homemade and instead of a DJ or band they put together their own playlists. The day really was a celebration of all their passions and a true reflection of the love between them.

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Colourful Botanical Themed Festival Wedding with Shetland Unicorns & Food Trucks

Vicky and Rich’s magical festival wedding day was full of fun, colour and a whole lot of creativity. They had real life unicorns (OK, OK so Shetland ponies with horns on but same-same), Pimms on the lawn, a baby pink ice-cream van and delicious food served from some of Cambridge’s most popular food vans. There was a colourful botanical theme to the decorations which were all made by the bride, her mum and the groom. Vicky’s mum, who owns a haberdashery shop in Cambridge, also added some colourful personal touches to Vicky’s tea-length WED2B dress.

The day started with blessing held in the woodland adjacent to the village green, and although the wedding took place in June, the bride walked down the aisle to a Christmas song – I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday by Wizard (her favourite!) The space was decked out in fairy lights and an archway covered in hundreds of crocheted flowers made by a friend.

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A Nightmare before Christmas, Skulls & Purple Rain Wedding

With a £6000 budget, Kat and Wayne planned a December wedding inspired by their favourite things. The starting off point was A Nightmare before Christmas but they also included skulls, lots of purple and more general gothic touches.

They didn’t want a big wedding and were very selective with who they invited to ensure everyone that was there were people they truly loved. Entertainment for their guests was a big consideration for this pair (and was their biggest cost). They hired a sword sallower, a chainsaw juggler, a rock band and whip cracking expert to wow them after the ceremony.

“Everything about out day was important and significant”, Kat began. “There was nothing we would change. We only had a few people there as they each meant the world to us. We only wanted people we truly loved to be there, people who have been supportive of us throughout the years.”

They made big savings on their outfits. Kat found her dress inexpensively online and had a local theatrical costume maker alter it to fit her perfectly. Her incredible hand-painted shoes were decorated by Funky Fairy Godmother and her tiara and veil came from eBay.

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Retro Seaside Themed Wedding at the Height of Summer

When planning their August wedding, Hannah and Anthony decided they wanted to play up to the Great British summertime as well as their love of retro flair. A friend made bunting, they printed seaside photographs of family members to decorate the venue and their cake was made to look like a sandcastle – complete with two crabs as a cake topper! On the tables they placed photographs of their dog, Wally, with seaside themed props. Even their rings were on theme – they were wooden rings by Hoot Cornwall, made using sand from Thorpeness beach.

“We really love the British seaside and wanted to have a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the special day with close family and friends”, Hannah said. “Choosing quirky and fun items that reflected our personality and style and seeing it all come together was the best part of planning it. It was also great using so many independent suppliers.” The bride’s mother also grew all the flowers and arranged them herself too!

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A Rainbow Ceremony Live Streamed During Lockdown

We’ve got a really sweet and simple lockdown wedding for you today, which will definitely inspire you if you’ve decided to take advantage of the new guidelines in the UK where small weddings can now take place, or if you want to honour your original wedding date and still have a ceremony.

Ali and Edd had a Zoom ceremony in early June, and although the ceremony wasn’t legally binding they will forever celebrate it as what they see as their wedding anniversary. They plan to have the big wedding and do the legal bit next year.

They spent just £300 to make this happen, and most of that went on the online platform they used to make sure the process was seamless. “Our friends Sam and Ruth put us in touch with splinterfaction.com who ran the whole online platform”, she explained. “Using it was worth every penny. They made sure that everyone of our 80 guests was looked after and had the opportunity to speak to us through a breakout room.”

Ali wore a rainbow dress from Hell Bunny with a DIY flower crown (made at her virtual hen do!) and a yellow veil which she dyed with turmeric herself the morning of. “I had previously been married in 2012 and was going through the loft and found my veil in a bag. That meant so much to me then and I thought that I should give it one more outing as it was so beautiful. I dyed it with turmeric and dried it on the line to wear that day. I loved it and it made me so happy. I then gifted it in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group so that another pandemic bride could wear it. She said that she is going to initial it at the bottom with both our names and then pass it on to the next one in the hope that they will keep on the tradition.”

A good friend from their village conduced the ceremony (social distancing of course) while their friends and family tuned in to watch live. They stood in front of a 100-piece rainbow balloon arch, which they made themselves. Afterwards they cut and ate a cake (made by some ladies in the village), ate steaks and did a social distancing shoot with their photographer Rob Dodsworth.

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Celestial Meets Sparkle Wedding (with Dogs!)

Bryony said she always wanted to get married on their anniversary, so when she and James got engaged (on their 4th anniversary) and she realised that not only did their 6th anniversary fall on a Saturday but the date was 22/02/2020, it was settled! They opted for a celestial theme very early on and as shes not a fan of flowers, they didn’t have any! Instead of floral bouquets and buttonholes, she made star and moon ones out of glittery card (which cost lest than £50 in materials!) She also made their cake and place names. Her dad made the moon photo backdrop and her mum made her iridescent sequined skirt using a YouTube tutorial!

“We felt really lucky to have all these creative people around us who practically jumped at the chance to help us,” Bryony said. “I tried on some ‘proper’ dresses but none of them felt like me. My top was second hand from Depop (with a Primark vest underneath), my headpiece was Crown and Glory and I found my veil on Etsy.”

In total they spent around £6000 on the day, keeping costs low was helped by all of the DIY and finding a new venue that exactly suited their needs and budget. Around half the budget was on food and drink and they splashed £500 on hiring a Routemaster bus, but to them it was totally worth it as it was such a fun experience and made for great photos!

“I didn’t want our wedding to look like I had just copied everything from Pinterest so I made it as personal to us as I could”, she continued. “I’m sure there were little details that a lot of the guests weren’t even aware of. Our wedding rings were engraved with a map of the stars the date and time we got engaged, and then I named all of our tables after stars, constellations and planets that were on that star map. I really wanted our love for each other to shine through above all else.”

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A Simple Wedding with a £7000 Budget & a Bride in Black

Oh we sure do love a simple, fuss-free wedding here at Rock n Roll Bride – and even more so when the couple still manage to put their own stamp on the day while remaining within a sensible budget. While Amy and Jason only spent £7000, they didn’t feel that sacrificed anything – they truly had the day they always wanted.

They did everything in their own way, from their black outfits to the M&S cake, the DIY decorations (bought secondhand from the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group!), the beer bottle vases and the camp mugs which they gave away as favours (designed by Amy’s mum!)

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An Art Deco Wedding at St Pancras Station

Gemma and Jon chose St Pancras Station as their unusual wedding location and were married at the exact spot where they first met for their first date! They were married on the concourse with the trains behind them, and had their reception at Searcys Champagne Bar. They were inspired by the art deco vibes of the location, but also their love of Bowie through their choice of music and the bride’s accessories (Bowie is also their son’s name!)

They spend around £20k, but made lots of money saving choices to keep within their budget. The bride’s dress was, unbelievably, made for her by a friend and cost them just £80. In fact, dry cleaning it afterwards was more expensive! The bridesmaids were in ASOS dresses (a steal at £12 each), the stationery and signage were all DIY and the art deco mirror which they painted the seating plan on was a car boot find. All the frames for the photos and menus all came from charity shops and Gemma collected champagne corks to use as place card holders.

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A Pretty in Pink, DIY Back Garden Wedding

You probably already know this, but here at Rock n Roll Bride we are pretty much obsessed with pink, so when Amy and Adam’s wedding landed in our submissions inbox we were thrilled! The couple were married at the bride’s mum’s house in September and the entire wedding was DIY. Pink was the very obvious theme, but the bride loves Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, so that was a big reference point for them too,

“We love pink, flowers and general cuteness, so centred the wedding around this”, Amy said. “We also had a few nods to Japan, cats and ethereal fairies. As I am a huge fan of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, we had fans as favours which were a hot commodity!”

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Red, White & Blue DIY Wedding at Trinity Buoy Wharf

Trinity Buoy Wharf has one of the best views in London which suited Rebecca and Dave’s red, white and blue themed wedding to a tee. The couple didn’t want the day to be too ‘matchy-matchy’, but they did was cohesive elements to run throughout. The bride wore a stunning red Pronovias dress (from their evening gown range, so less than a quarter of the price of their wedding gowns!), the bridesmaid wore white and Dave and his groomsmen were in blue suits.

Dave designed all the stationery based on the concept of a tube map of their lives (as a timeline), with a line for each of them. The lines came together when they met and formed a single line (their relationship), culminating in the them getting married. Rebecca’s mum made the bouquets and buttonholes using yellow, red and purple flowers with green foliage and she made the cake!

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