Category Archives: British Brides

A Rainbow Heavy Metal Disco!

Shannon and Dave wanted to throw tradition out of the window for their London wedding. They had a legal ceremony at the register office the day before their main celebration which took place at Little Nan’s Bar and The Brookmill Pub in Deptford.

“Our wedding was a rainbow heavy metal disco with a science fiction twist… plus dogs!” began Shannon. “We were inspired by so many people, things, and events, but mostly music, bunting, food (we are both vegetarian so we wanted all the food to be both vegetarian and delicious) and Deptford, where we live  We love our neighbourhood! It can be rough around the edges and has a less-than-polished reputation but we love it just as it is. It’s vibrant, colourful and multi-cultural. We wanted to make Deptford the star of the show. We used local merchants and venues wherever possible. We created a Deptford prize pack with local goodies, artwork and craft beer for the winner of our pub quiz.”

“We disregarded all the rules”, she continued. “We decided up front that we were going to do things our own way. I don’t like flowers, so we had no flowers. Why should my dress be white? I don’t like white. If we liked a tradition, we kept it. If we didn’t, it went out the window. We knew from watching our friends go through the experience that other people (however well-intentioned) can have a tendency to impose their own ideas into a wedding. To avoid this, we planned things out before we told anyone we were getting married!”

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Autumnal Wedding with a Hint of Halloween

Leanne and Dave were married on Friday 13th at The Wellbeing Farm in Lancashire. Their inspiration started with the wedding date, Friday 13th.

“We just wanted to make the wedding about us, not snobby but meaningful and fun”, said the bride. “We didn’t try to make our wedding alternative or different we just knew we didn’t want the posh do, its not true to who we are as people. I guess people would think the Halloween décor is alternative for a wedding, but I think the most non-alternative guest would agree that everything was beautiful and ‘us’.”

Leanne wore the most stunning red dress from Amanda Wakeley‘ (her non-bridal collection). She paired it with a leather jacket she’d owned forever, Kurt Geiger shoes and a Vivienne Westwood bag. Her simple hair slides came from Sara’s Boutique on Etsy.

They disregarded a lot of wedding traditions including not having a bridal party (“instead I choose to include my close family members and they dressed themselves”), opted to serve a collection of their favourites cakes instead of one big, traditional one, and they didn’t have any flowers at all.

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Bohemian Forest Wedding Inspired by the South American Sunset (with the Bride in a Hand-Painted Dress!)

I don’t usually like to make assumptions about which weddings might be the most popular ones that we publish, but I’m pretty confident to state that I think you are all going to lose your collective shit when you see Lisa and Tom’s wedding. Why? Well would you get a load of her DRESS!!! Before we move onto discussing anything else about this one, we need to talk about that immediately!

Unbelievably, the dress was actually upcycled from an inexpensive secondhand gown by one of the bridesmaids! Lisa explained, “My dress, shoes, decorations were all down to my most incredible bridesmaids and mum, with a huge shout out to the most bad ass bridesmaid, Katy. She doubled up as my dressmaker/ graphic designer/ sign maker/ temporary tattooist! I’d been spamming the bessies from half way across the world with colour schemes and dress ideas. Katy then surprised me on my birthday by sending me a photo of the most incredible ‘prototype dress’ that she had lovingly adopted from a charity shop and painstakingly painted and sewn back together.”

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Cabaret & Vintage Circus Inspired Wedding with a Dash of Moulin Rouge and a Hint of Wonderland!

When a bride describes her wedding as “cabaret and vintage circus with a dash of Moulin Rouge and a hint of Wonderland!” you just know you are in for something truly special. Verity and Simon’s summer wedding doesn’t disappoint. They were married at Chalkney Water Meadows in Colchester.

“We both love wild camping and being outdoors, so an outdoor camping wedding just made sense”, the bride began. “But we didn’t want to go for the usual ‘festival’ theme. We wanted it to reflect us, be colourful and our little piece of madness. We decided to bring together the glamour but also the weirdness of the Moulin Rouge and Victorian/ Vaudeville circuses and create our own world that our guests could step into. One of my friends said to me ‘If I could take a peek inside your brain, this is what I imagine it would look like’ and they were probably right!”

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Gothic Glam Wedding for under £5000

Pippa and Dean’s didn’t set out to have any theme for their Sheffield wedding last November, but by just choosing things they liked (gothic elements, skulls, Rocky!) they ended up with a glam goth theme with a few surprises. Their first dance was to the Hokey Cokey and their 6 minute firework display almost ended in injury, but it was the most perfect day… and they pulled it off for under £5000!

“I love all things with skulls so they featured heavily, there was also a lot of lanterns throughout which happened by accident but worked pretty well”m said the bride. “So I guess our theme was gothy glam. My hair and make up was meant to be Hollywood glam, but It ended up looking more Spanish-senorita, but I just went with it! There was an underlying Rocky theme in there too, my entrance and exit music were from Rocky 2 and we had a series of photos taken with the bride and groom having a full on boxing-gloved punch up!”

“I used a lot of different sources as inspiration. I saw what I definitely didn’t want from other weddings and that was a stuffy, formal affair. We wanted people to relax and laugh and they definitely did that! I used random search engine findings, Rock n Roll Bride of course, Pinterest. I saw what previous couples had done in the same venues and just picked at the bits I liked and could pull off on a relatively low budget.”

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A Zombie Wedding!

We see a lot of weddings with similar themes but I’m pretty sure this has to be one of the most unique days that’s graced our pages in a very long time! Blue and Dean had a full-on zombie themed wedding complete with all their guests dressed up in costume, a disembowelled torso wedding cake and a blood fountain!!

The wedding was held on the Isle of Wight. “The best thing about planning our wedding was thinking of all the awesome aspects from big to little”, said the bride. “From the homemade fire bouquet to the blood punch, and knowing the increasing amount of people getting involved and bringing more epic stuff to the table! Although the planning was a bit last minute (we did it all in seven weeks), it was very exciting when we came to learn how well we could do the theme.”

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