Samantha and Mike were married in August and they had a few different priorities. They wanted to ensure that they didn’t overspend (they rigidly stuck to their £11,000 budget), and they wanted the day to feel like them. They were hitched at Southwick D-Day Memorial Hall, which isn’t a licensed wedding venue (so they did the legal bit a few days before) meaning they had a lot of freedom to do what they wanted on the day itself and it only cost them £750 to hire it for the whole weekend!
“I think the inspiration for our wedding was just anything we liked”, began the bride. “It all seemed to come together in the end in a mish-mash of colours and patterns which probably perfectly describes us! Our theme was vintage picnic with a splash of pom poms, drag bingo, cats and festivals… all rolled in glitter and an explosion of colour!”
Lisa and Kieran’s wedding didn’t have a theme – they just wanted it to be a “Love Extravaganza” party with all of their loved ones. It wasn’t very serious or formal – it was held in a beautiful little theatre, and the aisle music was the Jurassic Park theme tune – but did look like it was a load of fun!
Lisa and her bridesmaids looked super vintage in pin curls by The Make-Up Bar and candy coloured Chi Chi London dresses. Lisa’s dress was second-hand, bought at a bridal fair for “peanuts” – her shoes and accessories (including an amazing clutch bag) were from the high street, and her fur coat was her something old, originally belonging to Kieran’s nan.
Kieran and his ushers also kept in with the pastel theme, wearing a pink velvet Noose and Monkey suit jacket and white trousers, and his ushers wearing lilac suits. One of Lisa and Kieran’s favourite things about the wedding planning was, in fact, getting to style the bridal party, “It was fun to play dress up with all our friends and family!” the bride said.
Their ceremony was held at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. “We held the ceremony in the theatre which had a cool entrance walking through the audience,” Lisa explains. “We played the theme tune to Jurassic Park as my entrance music as it is a pretty beautiful song and set the tone of we weren’t taking it very serious. Our speeches were all song lyrics from the Cure. We legally got married two weeks before on our own so we had Kieran’s sister be the master of ceremonies for the exchanging of rings which was a lovely touch rather than having someone we didn’t know who just says the same generic lines at every wedding.” They decorated the theatre with a few coloured tealights, and fairylights wrapped around a frame for the ceremony’s backdrop.
Robyn and Ash were legally married in Vegas at the Chapel of the Flowers but they wanted to host a big party when they got back to Yorkshire for all their family and friends. The party had a really low key, retro and kitsch vibe, hosted at their local community centre. The flowers came from a local flower market, the cakes were from various supermarkets and the stationery was made by the bride. Instead of a fancy meal they served wood-fired pizza and the night ended with – who else? – an Elvis impersonator!
“We were inspired by our favourite Las Vegas hotel, The Flamingo!” explained Robyn. “So the party was flamingo, tropical and retro themed. We also included nods to our combined love for anything colourful and mid-century inspired.”