Vicky and Rich’s magical festival wedding day was full of fun, colour and a whole lot of creativity. They had real life unicorns (OK, OK so Shetland ponies with horns on but same-same), Pimms on the lawn, a baby pink ice-cream van and delicious food served from some of Cambridge’s most popular food vans. There was a colourful botanical theme to the decorations which were all made by the bride, her mum and the groom. Vicky’s mum, who owns a haberdashery shop in Cambridge, also added some colourful personal touches to Vicky’s tea-length WED2B dress.
The day started with blessing held in the woodland adjacent to the village green, and although the wedding took place in June, the bride walked down the aisle to a Christmas song – I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday by Wizard (her favourite!) The space was decked out in fairy lights and an archway covered in hundreds of crocheted flowers made by a friend.
With a £6000 budget, Kat and Wayne planned a December wedding inspired by their favourite things. The starting off point was A Nightmare before Christmas but they also included skulls, lots of purple and more general gothic touches.
They didn’t want a big wedding and were very selective with who they invited to ensure everyone that was there were people they truly loved. Entertainment for their guests was a big consideration for this pair (and was their biggest cost). They hired a sword sallower, a chainsaw juggler, a rock band and whip cracking expert to wow them after the ceremony.
“Everything about out day was important and significant”, Kat began. “There was nothing we would change. We only had a few people there as they each meant the world to us. We only wanted people we truly loved to be there, people who have been supportive of us throughout the years.”
They made big savings on their outfits. Kat found her dress inexpensively online and had a local theatrical costume maker alter it to fit her perfectly. Her incredible hand-painted shoes were decorated by Funky Fairy Godmother and her tiara and veil came from eBay.
Gracie and Craig are both very into thrifting and buying secondhand, and their love of nature meant that their wedding could only have an eco consideration running through it’s core. They were married in Becketts Chapel at The Halls in Norwich, a hidden away crumbling church protected by a greenhouse-like structure. They had a £3,000 budget to spend on their day.
They served an all-vegan menu and thrifted decorations from charity shops. As Gracie is the founder of a sustainable clothing brand, fashion was very much a priority for their day; wherever possible, their outfits and accessories came from sustainable brands. “I’m very into Japanese ikebana and flower arrangements so that was a key focus when it came to inspiration, too. We wanted it to be as natural as possible,” Gracie said.
When planning their August wedding, Hannah and Anthony decided they wanted to play up to the Great British summertime as well as their love of retro flair. A friend made bunting, they printed seaside photographs of family members to decorate the venue and their cake was made to look like a sandcastle – complete with two crabs as a cake topper! On the tables they placed photographs of their dog, Wally, with seaside themed props. Even their rings were on theme – they were wooden rings by Hoot Cornwall, made using sand from Thorpeness beach.
“We really love the British seaside and wanted to have a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the special day with close family and friends”, Hannah said. “Choosing quirky and fun items that reflected our personality and style and seeing it all come together was the best part of planning it. It was also great using so many independent suppliers.” The bride’s mother also grew all the flowers and arranged them herself too!
We’ve got a really sweet and simple lockdown wedding for you today, which will definitely inspire you if you’ve decided to take advantage of the new guidelines in the UK where small weddings can now take place, or if you want to honour your original wedding date and still have a ceremony.
Ali and Edd had a Zoom ceremony in early June, and although the ceremony wasn’t legally binding they will forever celebrate it as what they see as their wedding anniversary. They plan to have the big wedding and do the legal bit next year.
They spent just £300 to make this happen, and most of that went on the online platform they used to make sure the process was seamless. “Our friends Sam and Ruth put us in touch with splinterfaction.com who ran the whole online platform”, she explained. “Using it was worth every penny. They made sure that everyone of our 80 guests was looked after and had the opportunity to speak to us through a breakout room.”
Ali wore a rainbow dress from Hell Bunny with a DIY flower crown (made at her virtual hen do!) and a yellow veil which she dyed with turmeric herself the morning of. “I had previously been married in 2012 and was going through the loft and found my veil in a bag. That meant so much to me then and I thought that I should give it one more outing as it was so beautiful. I dyed it with turmeric and dried it on the line to wear that day. I loved it and it made me so happy. I then gifted it in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group so that another pandemic bride could wear it. She said that she is going to initial it at the bottom with both our names and then pass it on to the next one in the hope that they will keep on the tradition.”
A good friend from their village conduced the ceremony (social distancing of course) while their friends and family tuned in to watch live. They stood in front of a 100-piece rainbow balloon arch, which they made themselves. Afterwards they cut and ate a cake (made by some ladies in the village), ate steaks and did a social distancing shoot with their photographer Rob Dodsworth.
Bryony said she always wanted to get married on their anniversary, so when she and James got engaged (on their 4th anniversary) and she realised that not only did their 6th anniversary fall on a Saturday but the date was 22/02/2020, it was settled! They opted for a celestial theme very early on and as shes not a fan of flowers, they didn’t have any! Instead of floral bouquets and buttonholes, she made star and moon ones out of glittery card (which cost lest than £50 in materials!) She also made their cake and place names. Her dad made the moon photo backdrop and her mum made her iridescent sequined skirt using a YouTube tutorial!
“We felt really lucky to have all these creative people around us who practically jumped at the chance to help us,” Bryony said. “I tried on some ‘proper’ dresses but none of them felt like me. My top was second hand from Depop (with a Primark vest underneath), my headpiece was Crown and Glory and I found my veil on Etsy.”
In total they spent around £6000 on the day, keeping costs low was helped by all of the DIY and finding a new venue that exactly suited their needs and budget. Around half the budget was on food and drink and they splashed £500 on hiring a Routemaster bus, but to them it was totally worth it as it was such a fun experience and made for great photos!
“I didn’t want our wedding to look like I had just copied everything from Pinterest so I made it as personal to us as I could”, she continued. “I’m sure there were little details that a lot of the guests weren’t even aware of. Our wedding rings were engraved with a map of the stars the date and time we got engaged, and then I named all of our tables after stars, constellations and planets that were on that star map. I really wanted our love for each other to shine through above all else.”