Category Archives: British Brides

Glitter, Skulls, Flamingos & Sombreros: A DIY Day of the Dead Wedding

Claire and Tom went for a Mexican/Day of the Dead theme for their July wedding. Complete with sugar skulls, piñatas, flamingos and sombreros, they planned their day with a £5000 budget. They also had a few geeky video game touches (particularly on their cake) such as Fallout and zombies and some Lego used in the terrariums!

“We wanted our wedding to be fun and colourful and to represent us as a couple”, said Claire. “The whites, creams, and pale colours often used in more traditional weddings just aren’t us. Our home decor mainly consists of skulls so we started from there and incorporated more and more things we love. It then just became a crazy fiesta as I wanted to use so many skulls but also have lots of colour.”

Claire wanted her outfit to feel similarly like ‘her’. She decided to wear black from Simply Be (that she customised) and in a shape and style that she fells most comfortable in. The best part was it only cost her £50! Her necklace was a custom made piece from Bete Noire Jewellery.

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Laid Back Bohemian Garden Wedding with a Barefoot Bride and a £300 Budget!

Zoe and Perry’s wedding was a minimal budget, maximum happiness kinda day. They created a laid back, fun, bohemian day with loads of cute, cheerful decor that was entirely ‘Zoe and Perry themed’, and overall they only spent about £300 in their own money, with the rest coming from donations and contributions from their pals.

“My inspiration was to create our wedding with what I already had”, Zoe began. “The idea of making something from unsuspecting cheap materials and charity shops was great for us – I do love a project! It was simple, bohemian, unconventional and very us.”

Having originally begun wedding planning five years ago, before Perry was in a bad accident, their perspective on the wedding industry, and getting married, had totally shifted. ‘We know that if we got married when we originally planned to it wouldn’t have been the wedding we wanted and it would have ruined us financially and emotionally. We did lose money cancelling but looking back feel like we gained a good insight into what could have been.”

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Halloween Meets Haunted Mansion Wedding at Epcot!

Lisa and John-Paul got married in front of a beautiful koi pond in Japan – that is, the Japanese Pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World! Originally from the UK but living in Sydney, they planned an elegant Halloween themed wedding, taking inspiration from the Haunted Mansion. I’m not sure it gets any better than a Halloween wedding at the Happiest Place on Earth! Who’s with me!?

“I was keen to stay away from cheesy Halloween and so black lace was a large inspiration,” Lisa explains. “Our ceremony was overlooking the koi pond in the Japan Pavilion which is really pretty. I’d loved this koi pond since my first trip to Disney when I was 14, but never expected to get married there! I’d envisaged pumpkins covered in black lace, gothic lanterns and red rose petals (it was unusually windy on the day though so a few blew away). The service by Rev Kev was lovely, and we had a sand ceremony using a Haunted Mansion shadow box created especially for us by Practically Perfect Crafts.”

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Colourful, Outdoorsy Gin-filled Tipi Wedding

When the bride runs a studio called Hello Sunshine, you might get the inkling that the wedding is going to be a beautifully sunny occasion. Well, Jo and Will’s wedding day definitely delivered (as did the British summertime!) Their tipi wedding was a divine colourful, outdoorsy, gin-filled celebration. We’re talking more gorgeous DIYs than you can shake a stick at and five food trucks. My kind of party…

There was no real theme other than colour, fun and food, but it’s fair to say Jo and Will stayed totally true to themselves throughout. “From the choice to ignore sit down meals in favour of pick ‘n’ mix food vans and snacks, to randomly buying and making fun looking props and only having our immediate family forming our bridal parties, we did US,” Jo says. “We weren’t reinventing the wedding wheel by any means but everything we chose to do/buy/make for our day was 100% down to what we felt happy with and wanted to do.”

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Emotional English Garden Wedding (With a Special Visit to Grandma)

Elissa and Joey’s English garden wedding is a totally joyous, tear-jerker affair. And you know us, we’re not about the clickbait life – it was genuinely a deeply emotional collaborative effort using as many beautiful homemade elements as possible. With that in mind, here’s their theme, explained better than I ever could:

“When my Grandma became poorly we had to help her sort through her accounts and paperwork,” Elissa recalls. “It was a total filing catastrophe but in amongst the reams of paper and notes she had catalogued and treasured so much ‘stuff’ to do with us all – receipts from long forgotten occasions carefully annotated, preserved flowers, notes of our minor achievements to the extent she’d created a huge archive of all of our lives. It was a real reminder of just how important we all are to her, and her love of family and ability to see the significance in tiny things in when times are hard was our major inspiration.”

With her grandma’s health declining, Elissa and Joey had a registry office ceremony and a mini-reception in her care home the day before their garden wedding. “I made my bouquet from flowers from her garden and used some of her ornaments to decorate the registry office, whilst her carers did her hair and make up and helped her decorate a cake for me as she always wanted to bake my wedding cake,” she says. Told you it was a beautiful, raw, honest tearjerker, didn’t I?

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Relaxed, Festival Vibes with Rustic Touches & Movie References

Hold onto your handbags because my goodness do we have an utter beaut of a wedding for you today! Jody and Shane were married last summer and it was GLORIOUS. They met at an alternative bar in Camden, “Not the most romantic setting. I was climbing a pole into the ceiling tiles, he came over interested in what this multicoloured haired ape was doing!” the bride laughed. “We danced on some tables, kissed and exchanged numbers – Love at first sight you could say!”

They wanted a relaxed, festival vibe for their wedding so choose Westmead Events, an outdoor venue in Surrey as the location. “We both wanted a day in which people could just drink, dance and be merry!” Jody continued. “Which was off to a great start when cocktails were being poured before I made it down the aisle! We were both set on an outdoor venue where people could enjoy the meadow and views.”

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