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Colourful “Piss Up in a Brewery” Wedding

It’s no secret that we LOVE a colourful wedding here at Rock n Roll Bride, so Jess and Rob’s day, which took place in July 2019, was right up our street. They were married in Lancashire at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, an old textile mill and has the longest bar in Britain! As the bride studied fashion at university and the groom loves beer, it seemed like the perfect spot. “We literally had a piss up in a brewery!” Jess laughed.

Jess bought her dress from Dreamcatcher Bridal, but she didn’t like the traditional shape. She opted to cut the long train off (“the lady in the shop was horrified!”) to make it her own. She then had the giant bow added as well as some lace from her grandma’s handkerchief which she had on her own wedding day.

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Sixties Disco Themed Wedding with a Moon Photo Booth

The couple’s love of 1960s decor and 70s disco inspired Simon and Xanthe’s September 2019 wedding. In fact, their reception venue, Caroline Street Social Club in Saltaire, was the first thing they booked and based the rest of their theme around.

With it’s super cool retro decor; original ’60s wallpaper, plush faux velvet seating and dark wood clad walls, the couple needed to do little in the way of dressing the venue. They bought in a variety of paper garlands and hanging decorations to frame the stage where their pièce de résistance was placed; a crescent moon seat made by Simon’s dad and grandad.

“We wanted a relaxed day which wasn’t too formal and stuffy as that really isn’t ‘us’,” said Xanthe. “We didn’t do any of the traditional stuff such as first dance, speeches, bridesmaids, favours etc. We essentially just wanted to have a big party with all of our family and friends without having to sweat the small stuff which you’d usually worry about at more traditional weddings. Whilst I still wore an ivory dress, I went for a less traditional look with the big sleeves and all the fringing and Simon went totally non-traditional with his incredible tropical print jacket!”

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Surrealist Themed Wedding at Aynhoe Park

Can we PLEASE take a moment to mentally prepare ourselves for what we’re about to see because HOLY SMOKES, this wedding is eeeevvverrryyyything!

Melissa and Luke got legally married at a London register office, then flew to Burning Man for a second ceremony and finally they planned an epic three-day wedding celebration on the groom’s birthday at the incredible Aynhoe Park!

They chose Aynhoe Park for “its take-your-breath-away effect and fantastical interior”, which includes Murano chandeliers and a very impressive collection of taxidermy (including a unicorn!) After two nights here they continued the celebrations at Soho Farmhouse for a weekend of rest and relaxation, and to tie in to their first meeting at another Soho House property.

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Gothic Asylum Wedding with Baseball Bats Instead of Bouquets!

Stormy and Dan were married in London and although they didn’t want a theme, their personalities and sense of style really came through on the day. “We flirted with the idea of a theme but to be honest it was difficult to find something that fitted the both of us and wasn’t super stressful to implement”, Stormy began.

“We had a very loose theme of ‘celestial’ which was woven into the invites, guest note cards (custom stamp based on a vintage illustration) and music at the ceremony – we just wanted everyone to have fun and wanted a wedding that was a reflection of us that we could enjoy, too.”

The chose Asylum Chapel, a deconsecrated church, as their ceremony space. They fell in love with it aesthetically and loved the fact that it didn’t need much in the way of extra decor! “I found the Asylum Chapel a while back via Rock n Roll Bride. We found a couple of milk churns on eBay and had them filled with a large simple arrangements either side of the parapet which was filled with candles (provided by the venue). The actual ceremony was pretty simple and quick but that’s exactly what we wanted. I walked down the aisle to Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine because one of our first dates was their gig at the O2″

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Sequins & Pink Meets Bohemian Disco & Rainbows: A Two-Day Colour Explosion Wedding in Penzance

When colour queen Sara married her beau Joey in August 2019, she knew that one day (and one outfit!!) would never be enough. So, they decided to have a two-day celebration, with the legal ceremony on the Wednesday, and the bohemian rainbow party the following Saturday.

The theme for their legal ceremony was pink and sequins (bringing Vegas to Penzance was their inspiration!) with both of them dressing the part. Sara designed and made her pink and iridescent sequin dress inspired by a 70s pattern to match Joey’s ASOS blazer. She also made her headpiece and veil herself.

After a quick ceremony at Penzance Registry Office, they headed over to Cape Cornwall (their special place where Sara proposed) for champagne and a picnic. They then finished the day with dinner at the Cornish Barn, one of their favourite places to eat.

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Garden Party Meets Festival Wedding with a Pirate Hour, Dinosaurs & a Conga Ceremony Exit!

Matt and Jo turned their July wedding into a full day-long festival, that they just happened to also get married at! “We basically wanted to put on a festival for all our friends and family to enjoy,” said Jo, “and to make it as easy as possible for people to attend and have a nice time. We especially wanted to tap into the idea that with festivals, there are always multiple things going on at once; we weren’t very keen on having all eyes on us all day so we wanted there to be lots to do to counteract the overwhelm!”

To bring this to life they had multiple zones: The Barth, a BYOB bar complete with ice-filled bath tubs to store their drink and sofas and board games for people to enjoy, a Silly Clobber tent for their guests to get in the festival spirit, a Kidzone and Baby Chill area (filled with toys, colouring mats and space hoppers), a Woodland chill-out area with fire-pits and fairy lights, as well as their ceremony and main marquee areas. No festival would be complete without a live music lineup, too; they had a Ceilidh band to go with their ‘pirate hour’ (as you do), a ska band, a DJ and a silent disco.

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A Social Distancing Sims Wedding

Ya know, we may not be able to be together in the same physical location right now, but that doesn’t mean the wedding industry stops. I’m getting so excited when I see vendors using this unprecedented down time to get creative so hats off and standing ovations to Lisa and Neil of Him and Her Wedding Photography for this out-of-the-box thinking!

With no weddings to photograph right now, they wanted to keep their creativity going, and so decided to create a Sims wedding for them to ‘photograph’ at home. They even made up a wedding story for their Sims, Emily and Luke.

Side note: Has anyone been following us for long enough to remember this Barbie and Ken wedding from 2011!? To this day, it’s still one of our most viewed articles of all time!

“Emily and Luke were married at Magnolia Blossom Park on Saturday 4th April 2020. Their wedding budget was §100,000 simoleans. Emily wore an off white, slightly green wedding dress she picked out whilst she had a fashion influencer career (though the slightly green wedding dress thing never took off). Luke wore a traditional wedding suit but after he went for a swim in the evening, he changed into a cardigan. We’re not sure why he did this.”

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A Colourful Surprise Wedding on a Dinosaur Mini Golf Course!

A few years ago, Ben saw something on social media about a couple who had invited their friends to a 30th Birthday party and then ended up surprising them all with the fact they were getting married. He told his (then) girlfriend, Alice, that he thought it was a brilliant idea and that he’d love to do something similar if they ever got married as he hates all the ‘fuss’ that a wedding tends to bring. 

Fast forward to December 2018, Alice had been to a Christmas party at Riverside, Stratford-Upon-Avon; an unusual, stilted venue that she was particularly enamoured was above a dinosaur mini golf, and hinted to Ben what a great wedding venue it would be. Ben asked Alice to marry him shortly after, and between Christmas and New Year they planned the surprise wedding at Riverside; no-one knew they were engaged until the following February when Ben proposed again with a ring. “We told everyone that the engagement party was going to be our main celebration,” explained Alice, “heavily implying that we were thinking of eloping and that they really should come.”

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Rockabilly & Hot Rod Wedding

Arlene and Lee love the fifties aesthetic, rockabilly and hot rods. So, when it came to setting a theme for their summer wedding, there was no question what it would be! They chose Tomlinson’s Farm Shop and Camping field for both the ceremony and and reception. Although they were the first wedding that had ever been held there, they knew it was perfect for their vision as soon as they visited. They loved the views and the owners were so accommodating – they even supplied the haybales.

“We have hot rods and are part of a classic car club”, began the bride. “I love the vintage pin up look and like nothing more than donning a petticoat and a vintage hair do. We wanted a laid back, personalised wedding that shouted Lee and Arlene. We had a convoy of hot rods all owned by our hot rod club and people camped on site, too.”

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Intimate & Colourful Dinner Party Wedding with just 13 Guests

With a budget of just £4000, Kirsty and Ben knew their wedding plans had to be different to the majority of the weddings that Ben, a musician in a function band, sees day in day out. They wanted to have their day in a beautiful setting, but kept their guest list small to limit the expense. The wedding was held on a Thursday and they had just 13 guests at the reception, and had everyone sat around one big table for the meal, just like they were hosting a family meal at home.

“Ben has seen first hand couples being dragged into the wedding industry machine and seeing replica impersonal weddings time and time again”, Kirsty said. “We wanted something that was 100% designed by us, that wasn’t going to break the bank, that felt intimate and relaxed. There was no particular colour or styling theme just colour!”

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Tim Burton Meets The Addams Family Wedding on Halloween

Getting married on October 31st, Rachael and Olly were always going to have a Halloween inspired day. In particular, they were influenced by Tim Burton and The Addams Family. Rachael chose her dress because it reminded her of something Dita Von Teese or Morticia Addams might wear, and Olly’s outfit, pieced together from various places, was reminiscent of something Gomez Addams might be seen in.

The Nightmare Before Christmas cake and all the flowers were made by friends and family members. For the invites and paper goods, they went DIY too, ordering little coffins and putting green chocolate zombie fingers with tags on for a Save the Date. The invites themselves were made to look like a Ouija board. “We saved a lot of money by doing these ourselves, plus who wouldn’t want to eat a zombie finger!?” Rachael said. “We also saved a lot with our friend Debbie doing the flowers and Aunty Chrissy making our dream wedding cake. They both did an amazing job. We also had constant help from our family buying trinkets and being absolute gems helping to decorate everything. We are so lucky to have their help, it meant a lot that everyone really got involved.”

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Woodland Themed Wedding with Deer, Smokebombs & A Custom Pink Dress

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.

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Misty Scottish Wedding in a Polytunnel with a Pink Veil

Barbara and Scott had a big, family-centric wedding in Scotland in a polytunnel on the grounds, Colstoun House, a beautiful house and stable conversion. With colourful seasonal wild flowers, local hops and lots of personal touches. Their centrepieces included Disney princesses, dinosaurs and gin bottles for each table.

“We wanted the ceremony to be as relaxed as possible”, Barbara began, “neither of us particularly enjoy being in the limelight, so we kept it fairly casual. We had a couple of readings from some close friends, which I believe some of our guests found quite unorthodox. Beyond that it was fairly traditional in the format, but mixed with some personal touches by our Humanist celebrant reminding our guests about part of our story together before closing with a traditional Scottish hand-fasting.”

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