Bridey and Jon spent just £5000 on their incredible October wedding in 2018, but you’d never be able to tell! They DIYed up a storm and chose venues that were inexpensive in order to stay within budget.
“I was never one to dream of a big expensive day,” explained the bride (who, by the way, has the best name ever!) “so we flexed our DIY skills and had an extravagant honeymoon to the Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife instead!”
They say that you’ll meet the love of your life when you least expect it, and that was really true for Zak and Saba – they were very lucky to meet by pure chance on a random weekday afternoon whilst Saba was working as a retail assistant and Zak came in to buy a suit!
Their wedding party was held in between Christmas and New Years at Hotel du Vin, Bristol, so they wanted a festive, party-vibe for the day. This was fitting with the fact that they were married already, at a ceremony in Las Vegas earlier in the year, so their day was a celebration of that.
Becs and Megs’ simple wedding started with a ceremony at Manchester register office followed by a restaurant reception at No 1 Canal Street. Armed with a budget of £3500 they only included things they cared about, wore outfits from Karen Millen and kept the extra decorations minimal. The flowers were limited to their bouquets and the flowers in their hair.
“Our wedding theme was Manchester city centre, rainbow and glitter gay!” they said. “We just love each other and wanted to get married! That was all the inspiration we needed.”
They actually started by planning a secret wedding ten weeks before the date. They were going to just ask just two friends to be witnesses which is why they ended up getting married on a Tuesday at 11am! “The ideas then began to grow as we decided we couldn’t be married without our dearest present to celebrate”, they continued. “We were so humbled that people came from Switzerland, Scotland, Ireland, Devon, London, the lakes, the Midlands and Manchester to support us. Everyone had to take a day off work and make childcare arrangements, but none of this seemed to matter to them, we invited them and they were so happy to be invited. We loved marching them across Manchester form the registry office to Canal Street, carrying seven rainbow umbrellas just in case!”
Carly and Tom were inspired by their love of nature and luxury for their June 2019 wedding in East Sussex, England. Armed with a budget of £12,000, they set about creating an intimate day full of glamour and opulence, with the aid of Rock n Roll Bride, of course!
“We wish we knew how much fun wedding planning would be!” said Carly. “Everyone goes on about how stressful it is but we just found planning each element so much fun. Just follow the books’ checklist and you can’t step wrong!”
Hollie and Adrian wanted their wedding to feel relaxed and just really chilled out. They decided to host their reception in their own back garden which meant they could do exactly what they wanted. The ceremony was held in their local parish church, just a stone’s throw from home, which they decorated with all the flowers and foliage! In fact the flowers ended up being their single biggest cost of the otherwise DIY wedding, but they provided exactly the look they were after for their day.
The DIY projects were plentiful for this day including the dream catchers made from willow, hazel, doilies and feathers. Adrian, a friend and the bride’s dad made the bar and even their own and composting toilet from palettes!! This was not only better for the environment but saved money because they didn’t have to hire in portaloos.
James and Amy’s cosy, mid-century living room themed wedding was inspired by their own living room! They tried to express their love of classic Danish furniture and mid-century stylings, working closely with a props company to create an atmosphere of warmth, cosiness and Hygge. They also used lots of subtle lighting to embellish the already grand ambiance of the Empire Music Hall. “We wanted everyone at our wedding to have the feeling of being at home.” said Amy.
They wed at a simple register office ceremony in the opulent Belfast City Hall with 60 of their closest friends and family in February, followed by a photo shoot around their favourite spots in the city.