Category Archives: British Brides

Classic & Simple Autumn Wedding Planned in Just Five Weeks

Did you know – the average engagement, from proposal to walking down the aisle in the UK is 20 whole months? From securing a date at the venue you’ve been dreaming of since you were little to purchasing a made to order dress, not to mention the tiny detail of y’know – saving up enough to pay for the whole thing, there are a lot of different reasons why this might be the case. But what if you don’t care about any of that stuff and just want to be married already?

It can be done, and Jade and George are testament to just this – they were engaged in mid September, and married by the end of October! As long as you can get an appointment to give your legally required 28 days notice, you can get married in the year thereafter at any point you choose! 

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Harry Potter & Lord of the Rings Themed Wedding in a Treehouse

Amanda and Matt have worked together for years doing weird Health and Safety stuff. “Our eyes met over an arsenic stuffed otter in a museum storeroom,” Amanda told us, “whilst carrying out risk assessments for all the lovely toxic things that the Victorians left behind. It was much like the scene from ‘Lady and the Tramp’ with the spaghetti and meatballs, but with overalls, rubber gloves and face masks. Since then we have travelled the land, looking at such amazingly beautiful things as clinical waste, stinky composting sites and my favourite, the sweet factory making chocolate willies.”

As self-confessed nerds – Amanda with Harry Potter and mystical fairy forests and Matt, retro gaming and Lord of the Rings, an enchanted forest theme was a natural concept for their February wedding. They chose The Treehouse at Alnwick Garden, Northumberland as their venue as a chance to hang out in the trees and party like crazy was a winner from the start!

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Secret Christmas Eve Wedding on their Grandparents’ Anniversary

Both their grandparents were married on Christmas Eve (what are the chances!?) so when they pushed their big wedding back to later this summer, Millie and Ian decided to carry on the family tradition and have a secret festive elopement. It was also the two year anniversary of their engagement so really, the date felt pretty perfect.

The bride wore an ASOS dress which she’d originally bought for her (also postponed) hen do and made her bouquet from faux flowers herself. “We had spent 18 months planning a large forest wedding that was postponed until next July”, Millie told us. “With how the world was looking we one night had a chat and decided that actually we just wanted to be married and could have the big party when everything was safe again. We quickly called my auntie, who is a registrar, who had us booked in and sorted straight away.”

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A COVID Christmas Wedding with Sequins & Starbucks

If the pandemic has taught us anything it’s that low key can still be really lovely! For Sabrina and Chris, who got married a few weeks before Christmas, this was absolutely the case. They had a Registrar’s Office ceremony, followed by a quick pitstop in Starbucks to call some loved ones who couldn’t be there, rounding the evening off with a meal with their two witnesses at the bride’s sister’s house.

“Our wedding was a last minute cosy Christmas wedding”, the bride said. “With everything that 2020 and COVID has thrown at us and the loss we’ve experienced all over the world, we really just wanted our day to just be about love and our life together. We planned the day in just over a month with next to no budget. Our budget was £900 and we spent £898.99! We chose our ceremony room and had to change our photographer (because our original one came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID so she couldn’t make it) two days before!”

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An Accidentally Autumnal Woodland Ceremony Arranged in 24 Hours!

Dan and Cara’s woodland wedding ceremony was pulled together in just 24 hours! Having their big summer wedding postponed for obvious reasons, they changed their plans to have a smaller wedding in November. However, then a second lockdown was announced just two days before they were due to get married, it meant their previously COVID-secure wedding was now a no-go too! With the help of the wedding planner at Cheshire Woodland Weddings, the registrars and their families, they re-arranged everything in just one day and were able to have their 13-guest ceremony on November 7th.

“Our wedding theme was ‘accidentally autumnal’,” the bride told us. “Our original wedding was due to be in May, so it would have been spring/summer vibes, however the way it all turned out was absolutely perfect to reflect us. We had originally booked a different venue, however when COVID hit and we had to postpone, it was fate that we looked at alternative options and found the woods! Both of us love nature and adventures so Cheshire Woodland Weddings was the most perfect place for us to get married.”

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Party Like it’s a Pandemic: A Low-Key London Wedding

Unintentionally, Vicky and Jake’s September became vintage London themed because they wanted to show off the city that they love. They chose Chelsea Old Town Hall as both their ceremony and reception venue, booked a vintage double decker red bus and planned their photos around some of the most iconic tourist attractions. Décor and theme wise they did keep things pretty simple, choosing simple DIY floral arrangements that let the venue be the star of the show.

Vicky wore a Needle and Thread dress, a jacket from Nasty Gal, and Public Desire boots. Her veil was vintage, and her mum’s, and her epic floral mask was homemade, inspired by this shoot which we published over the summer!

“I think the most unique thing about our wedding is that we had it during a pandemic”, Vicky told us. “We really tried to embrace the government restrictions into our wedding with matching masks and pandemic swag bags. We also dragged our guests around London to eat doughnuts and get photos at fun tourist location… Not many couples can say they had formal wedding photos outside Buckingham Palace!”

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