Category Archives: Wedding

Colourful & Budget Friendly Wedding with a Good Old Fashioned Knees Up!

After being together for eleven years, and having two children together, Holly and Ben didn’t feel the need for any pomp and ceremony when they decided to tie the knot in June 2019. With a £4,000 budget, they focused their efforts on the areas that mattered most to them, keeping things casual, light hearted and fun – just like them!

Married at St James Church in Southsea, and then onto The Brickmaker’s Pub in Swanmore, Holly and Ben were joined by over 150 guests to celebrate their day. They stretched their budget with highstreet outfits – Holly in ASOS and Ben in Topman – and made them their own with bespoke accessories. Holly commissioned a full length, feather trimmed, hot pink veil from the Rock n Roll Bride x Crown and Glory range, to compliment the orange floral bridesmaids dresses and the dried flowers used in hair accessories and bouquets by Folky Dokey.

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Eclectic & Modern Bohemian Wedding

Sara and Thom made their family and friends the focus for their summer wedding; they wanted to create a comfortable space for everyone to hang out, get to know each other, have good food and just enjoy themselves. Most of their friends and family were travelling out of state to join them in their celebrations, so they wanted to make it kid friendly so everyone could relax together, too.

Aesthetically, they didn’t really have a theme, but they wanted their personal styles to be reflected in their decor. “We wanted sort of an eclectic vintage boho modern vibe without looking too trendy,” said Sara.  “But I have to admit we didn’t need to do much because our venue was already perfect. I mean – open air chapel built with antique doors found in Paris, overlooking a pasture where horses are galloping by during the ceremony? We didn’t need a theme!”

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Simple Yet Colourful, Budget-Friendly Belfast Wedding

Ashleigh and Ric decided early on in their engagement what they didn’t want for their wedding day; “We knew from the get-go that we didn’t want to do many traditional things,” explained Ashleigh. “I didn’t wear the white dress, get married in a church, have 350 guests or to worry about chair covers. I think because we have our own house, we just couldn’t justify spending £20,000 on a wedding, which seems to be the norm in Northern Ireland!”

Instead, in August, they had a minimalist day that was true to themselves and expressed their love of colour and fun. They didn’t want anything over the top so focused their £4,000 budget on areas that meant the most to them, and ignored people when they tried to tell them how they should or shouldn’t be doing things! 

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Dark, Vintage & Gothic Inspired Irish Elopement

Lex had studied Victorian literature for many years and therefore, has dreamed of having a gothic inspired wedding day for almost as long. When her and partner Marc booked a holiday to Ireland, they decided it would be the perfect time to get married, and so planned the whole thing in just three months! Joined by some of their closest friends with their families Skyping in for the ceremony, they planned a simple day that was relaxing and fun.

Held at Farrier & Draper, a suitably dark and moody cocktail bar in Dublin, the couple relied on the beautiful decor to accessorise their day . In fact, the only props they brought with them were two skull candles to light during the ceremony. As Lex wears black “98% of the time”, a black dress was an obvious choice for her – and she saved a pretty penny as she was able to get a beautiful dress without adding the price of ‘bridal’ to it! Marc wore a black velvet suit jacket and tuxedo pants, and their few guests stuck to the dress-code of wearing dark colours too. 

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Bohemian, Magical Forest Themed Wedding Inspired by Lord of the Rings

Margoe and Charlie were heavily inspired by their favourite books, Lord of the Rings, for the theme for their July 2019 wedding. They really wanted a dark, magical forest vibe for the day. Armed with a $50,000 budget, they employed Kim from Your Perfect Bridesmaid to help bring their vision to life.

Held at Skamania Lodge, a boutique hotel resort near Stevenson, Washington set in a gorge where swift waters meet evergreen forest, it was the perfect setting for their Lord of the Rings themed day. Their decor included books from their own collection adorning tables, antlers and skulls and tons of dark foliage to help accentuate their surroundings. 

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Mid-Century Meets Elegant Gothic Romance

When Noelle found her wedding dress (which was only £315!), it inspired everything else for her October wedding to Brian. They wanted the day to have a day with the same elegant gothic vibe and for them that meant a black and gold colour scheme with mid-century leanings rather than Hot Topic vibes!

“We both love the spookier and darker things in life so we wanted that to come across in the classiest way possible”, she began. “My florist asked me what I meant by gothic when I pitched the floral ideas and I had to be clear that we weren’t looking for ‘Hot Topic goth’ so, no purple, stripes or skulls.”

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