With a budget of just £4000, Kirsty and Ben knew their wedding plans had to be different to the majority of the weddings that Ben, a musician in a function band, sees day in day out. They wanted to have their day in a beautiful setting, but kept their guest list small to limit the expense. The wedding was held on a Thursday and they had just 13 guests at the reception, and had everyone sat around one big table for the meal, just like they were hosting a family meal at home.
“Ben has seen first hand couples being dragged into the wedding industry machine and seeing replica impersonal weddings time and time again”, Kirsty said. “We wanted something that was 100% designed by us, that wasn’t going to break the bank, that felt intimate and relaxed. There was no particular colour or styling theme just colour!”
Suzanna and Jake have one of those happily ever after love stories from an American rom-com; they went to school together, and lived on the same street as kids, but didn’t start dating until a mutual friend introduced them when they were 19. They got taking because of a shared interest in Oreo cereal and Southern Comfort and the rest is history!
They took those shared interests in mind when it came to figuring out a theme for their October wedding; It was just shit we liked,” said Suzanna. “We lived in Mexico together when I was at uni so we took some inspiration from Mexican decorations. Other than that, we just picked things we loved and built a colourful celebration from that.”
Bill and Julie did not want to confined to one theme for their October 2019 wedding, so took many elements of things they enjoy and paired them with traditional elements that resonated with them to craft the day of their dreams.
From a gothic inspired wedding dress to the use of Scottish wedding traditions, Halloween touches to a sparkler ‘confetti shot’, they used lots of different elements to make the day their own. They also wanted a day that was fun for their guests – and why not give them an excuse to dress up, too!? They stated costume desires on their invites and included the tagline ‘be as devilishly dapper as you dare!’
Bill and Julie set the bar high with their own outfits; Julie wore a black lace gothic-inspired Sottero and Midgley dress, styled with antique jewellery and headpieces from Etsy. Bill rocked a suitably Victoriana inspired ensemble from Violent Delights, and their bridesmaids wore ASOS dresses paired with burgundy lace chokers (made with off-cuts from the dresses) and tartan wraps.
Lyndsey and Marco married on 6th July 2019 overlooking Loch Lomond in Scotland. They had a pretty classic package wedding, but made it their own with rock, hippy and vintage touches – their main aim was to make sure they kept their quirky ways!
They pulled inspiration for their summer wedding from the things they love – their wedding cake was half floral and skulls and half Friends themed. They rocked their own unique style, too. Lyndsey paired her long flowing red hair with ethereal real flowers and personalised Dr Marten boots, and Marco rocked his long hair and beard with a traditional Scottish kilt. “We tried to be true to ourselves and our personalities,” explained Lyndsey. “We wanted to add personal touches wherever we could.”
Paloma and Cole wanted a laid-back, typical New Orleans wedding. They both really love to travel, so wanted to have their wedding somewhere unique that they would want to plan a vacation to. Most of all they wanted to keep the day fun and to avoid the stuffiness of a traditional wedding.
“We had a quick, intimate ceremony with 50 guests in a small wedding chapel in the French Quarter”, the bride began. “The ceiling of the chapel was covered in hundreds of dollar bills, and there were giant cardboard cutouts of our dog Hunter’s face on either side of the altar (which was essential, since he was back at home, in Seattle, with a nanny). My best friend, Sierra, was my officiant, and Cole and I said our own vows — his were unbelievably sweet and heartfelt, and mine were, of course, an awkward stand-up routine. Afterwards, we pinned our own dollar bill to the ceiling of the chapel.”
“Immediately after our ceremony, we led a second-line parade through the French Quarter to our reception venue. The parade consisted of our friends and family pelting people with mardi gras beads, a brass band, and a police escort. It was a blast!”
Their reception was held at Brennan’s, a traditional New Orleans restaurant. They didn’t fuss with lots of extra details – there was no cake, their photographer made Paloma’s bouquet and they put together their own playlist of requests from their guests instead of hiring a band or DJ.
Joe and Beth got engaged on a rooftop in New York, and as they love it there so much, decided it would make the perfect setting for their August wedding, too. They set out to create a day that was not only memorable for them, but showcased to their friends and family exactly what they love about the Big Apple.
With a budget of £15,000, they were married on the rooftop of the Rivington Hotel on the lower east side – this wasn’t the original plan, their original venue cancelled on them, but it turned out much better than they were expecting, thankfully! They focused their budget on aspects that were important to them – catering, as they didn’t want people to be hungry, and DIY’d elements to not only save money, but to get their friends and family involved in the festivities. For a wedding breakfast they bought in platters of local delicatessen, lobster rolls and a mashup of Milkbar confetti cake and doughnuts for their wedding cake.