When Jess and Chris decided to get married, they found that the place they drew inspiration from the most was seeing how other people had done things their own way. They chose elements that they had enjoyed from other weddings, and did away with traditions they felt had no meaning to them.
“We made every decision together and questioned everything ‘typical’,” Jess explained. “If we didn’t see the point of something, we didn’t do it, and we replaced it with something meaningful to us.” This meant switching an elaborate cake which no-one would eat for a bountiful buffet of local cheeses. They picked their flowers based on what was local and in season, and made blackberry whisky as their wedding favours as something that people would enjoy, rather than leave behind.
In lieu of a particular wedding theme, it was important to the couple that they spent their budget on what mattered most to them and that, in line with their day-to-day principles, they didn’t consume more than was necessary or create a load of waste. They borrowed tablecloths, vases, hampers and fire pits from friends who’d used them in their own weddings. They made several hundreds metres of bunting from old sheets and shirts. Flowers were arranged in vintage jugs, borrowed vases, even an old watering can and large mayonnaise jars. With their venue boasting 360 degree views of the Sussex countryside, they felt it needed little embellishment for the sake of doing so, and were happy to allow the beauty of the local surroundings to shine through.
Aly and Dan knew they didn’t want anything too formal or traditional for their wedding, and have always loved a rustic vibe, so with Sugarloaf Barn in South Wales right on their doorstep, they didn’t have to go very far to find their perfect venue! Located in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, it was the perfect setting for their relaxed day.
As the barn is pretty much a blank canvas, the couple really enjoyed being able to put their own stamp on things with regards to decoration. They went in hard with the DIY; three days of prep in the lead up to the wedding, to be precise! They made hundreds of paper lanterns and pompoms to hang throughout the venue, covered it in fake flowers and fairy lights to make it completely their style. They even thought to make a little cosy corner for their guests to relax in, covering hay bales with blankets, cushions and glass jars filled with candles to create a laid back vibe.
Craig and Christina originally planned to marry in Vegas, but when that couldn’t happen, they brought the Americana vibes to the UK! They wanted a relaxed and informal feel to their day, reminiscent of what you’d achieve in Vegas or the American mid-West.
Instead of traditional sit-down catering for their reception, they hired a wood-fire pizza oven. They had a ‘cake smash’ instead of a cake cutting, in honour of their Americana theme. They decorated with vintage-looking whiskey barrels and wagon wheels as decorations for a barn-dance feel, gave wooden cowboy boot bottle openers as favours and had plenty of country music on their playlist.
They had a traditional church wedding in the same church that Christina’s parents married in thirty years previously “If we couldn’t get married in Vegas, I knew I wanted to get married at Kislingbury church,” Christina explained. “It meant a lot to me to have the ceremony there as it was almost 30 years to the day that my parents married there.”