Category Archives: British Brides

Snoopy & Peanuts Comic Themed Wedding

When the bride has a life long obsession with the Pennuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, there was only one wedding theme Amy and Alexander considered! They handmade almost all the decor and had a lot of fun coming up with creative ways to incorporate their favourite characters.

“The uniqueness of our wedding came from combining tradition with outrageous artistic licence in the shape of our unusual (yet ubiquitous!) theme”, said the bride. “You don’t get too many weddings where the bride puts on her Snoopy apron and conducts a pub quiz during the intermission either!”

“Our decorations were handmade mostly using cartoons from our favourite Peanuts strips, with bunting templates from ASDA and lanterns from Talking Tables. We were keen to avoid excessively flamboyant floral displays and I wanted a minimal look rather than engaging a florist. There was a lot of running around at the last minute, but potting some lavender (thank you mother-in-law!) and sticking with gypsophila for my bouquet gave some colour without overshadowing the other decorations.”

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1960s Working Man’s Club Meets a 1920s Speakeasy

The theme for Katie and Jimmy’s informal winter wedding was a mixture of a 1960s working man’s club with a 1920s speakeasy. They were married at Hackney Town Hall and hosted their reception at Earl Haig Hall, an old British Legion social club in Crouch End.

“We did it our way”, began the bride. “We met in the pub beforehand, we didn’t walk down the aisle and we had no music or readings at the ceremony. The ceremony was just for immediate family and close friends. There were just 20 of us there. At the reception there was no sit down dinner or table plan, we also had no posh cars and no bouquets. It was just informal and fun.”

The bride’s dress came from eBay and cost her £25! “It was purchased on a whim two weeks after getting engaged”, she said. “Wedding dress shopping wasn’t for me. I’m not very confident so found the whole process very stressful and I didn’t feel great in anything I tried. But I loved my eBay dress and was so pleased with it. I made my veil myself with materials that cost less than a fiver. I also bought some amazing leopard print shoes from Topshop.”

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Low Key High Happiness Budget Friendly Wedding

Bex and Keith wanted wedding without the fuss. They wanted it to feel like them. They had a budget of £4000 (and spent just under that!) and we were married on a Monday in Newport.

“We met through a mutual friend”, began Bex. “It was our love of movies that attracted us together, since we were both avid movie lovers with crazy, ridiculously huge DVD collections.”

“Their register office ceremony was small, low key and at 11am on a Monday morning. “Having our ceremony at an unconventional time saved money, it also felt really fun. Some of our friends took the time off work and it felt like the same kind of naughty when you go to the pub during the day on a bank holiday. We aren’t religious so we decided from the beginning that we would get married in a registry office. The ceremony was very low key, but rammed to the rafters with our friends and family. My best friend and future sister-in-law was my bridesmaid and my younger brother gave me away. Our son wanted to be Doctor Who so he couldn’t come without his sonic screw driver, while our daughter had to be a pink fairy so obviously she needed her pink wings and wand.”

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Art Deco Urban Wedding with an Indoor Meadow

Phoebe and Stephen wanted an city wedding in London, but for it to also have elements of nature. The were married at The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green but some clever ideas and flower installations brought the outside in!

“Stephen loves wild grasses and it was his idea to bring in all these wonderful grasses and meadow flowers into the council chamber where the ceremony was held”, explained Phoebe. “Charley at London Flower House created an installation where it looked like the plants were growing up from the floor around us. The Town Hall has such an elegant interior that barely needed additional decor, but it was important for us to make our mark on the space and this felt really personal to us. We extended this aesthetic by creating arches of grasses and branches around the door frames of the De Montfort suite where the drinks reception was held.”

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A Beautifully Romantic London Wedding with a Bride with a Shaved Head

Every wedding we publish is gorgeous, special and wonderful in it’s own unique way, but there are some weddings I see that I get SO EXCITED about sharing. Cat and Ade’s wedding is definitely one of those. And once you see their pictures and read their incredibly romantic story I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to tell why I love it so much.

They met through mutual friends when the groom was working on the set of a James Bond film! “I was lucky enough to become friends with an actress when filming Skyfall in Turkey”, explained Ade. “It so happened (without my knowing) that this actress believed I would be a good fit for her friend, Cat. I did subsequently see Cat at a party in London (she inevitably stuck out because of her height and continuous entertainment). There were no particular sparks as of yet, our paths didn’t quite cross at this party, however, the beauty of social media kept us connected. Wasn’t sure why we added each other on Facebook but I sure am glad we did! Anyway, months later we had a random, all-nighter with effortless banter through Facebook which made us curious enough to actually meet alone. We did… and finally it all made sense.”

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Sparkle & Smoke Bombs: A New Year’s Eve Wedding in Northern Ireland

Laura and Al grew up in the same town, went to the same school and the same art college! They were always ‘aware’ of each other growing up but only met properly at a party when they were 17. After that they were inseparable and the rest is history!

They were married on New Year’s Eve, but wanted to avoid the cliches. The wedding was held at The Arcadia in Portrush. The chintzy lampshades, napkins, and mismatched chairs made the venue feel more ‘homely’ to us,” explained Laura, “everyone we know and love contributed to our day in some way so the whole thing felt like a community effort. We loved that.”

Laura and Al decided to get married on New Year’s Eve as a tribute to Al’s grandparents. Al sadly lost his grandfather a few days after they engaged so they decided on their anniversary date quite quickly as a tribute to them. “It actually turned out to be a great date to pick as everyone was in the mood for a party and a laugh which is how we tried to plan the day. We also decided to have all our photographs done first so we could go straight from the ceremony at 4pm, to dinner, to the party so there was no waiting around for guests.”

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