HAPPY HALLOWEEN, oh have we got the perfect wedding inspo for you today! As Genevieve and Dean both love and enjoy all things spooky, kooky and alternative, they wanted to create a day which was unashamedly about them and the things they love. The plus side of having a Halloween themed wedding? Their decorations now double as permanent home décor!
They originally set a budget of £10,000 – but actually think they spent closer to £20,000. “I wish we’d know how difficult it is to keep to your budget,” the bride told us. “Keep a close eye on that guys and gals!” They did as much DIY décor as possible, from gluing and spray-painting vampire fangs chrome gold for place names to customising picture frames and making their own menus.
Get ready, because Sean and Matt’s Sydney wedding celebration is about to blow your glittery socks off! And even better than all that – it was a surprise wedding! They invited their guests under the guise of Sean’s 50s birthday but mid-way through the night, surprised everyone by telling them they were getting married! Sean only proposed two months before and most of their guests didn’t even know they were engaged!
The couple first met on the dance floor 19 years ago so the theme of the party was literally perfect for them. They had disco balls, holographic screamers and amazing pink and purple lighting. They rounded off the night with drag and dance performances, DJs and a surprise lip-sync performance by one of the grooms.
John and Candy are all about the big gestures, and their wedding was no exception! After reconnecting via Facebook after previous relationships fell apart, their first date was a skydive, where they promised to leave their pasts behind them and jump into their new lives together. When John proposed, they were on a classic rock cruise, with KISS, no less. They watched KISS perform on the stage the night before and John got on the stage the next day to get down on one knee.
As for their wedding, well – the pastor rode into the ceremony on a motorcycle, the groom played guitar as he walked down the aisle and sang his vows with a Metallica cover band and they had a cemetery dedicated to the deaths of their pasts as décor. Casual.
As they both grew up listening to rock n roll, this time around they vowed to do things their way – non-traditional and exactly as they wanted. “The entire wedding from the custom made rings, through to the rock n roll attire and rock concert reception were unique to us,” said Candy. “We started talking about what we wanted from our wedding three years prior to it, so to see it all come together and the dream become a reality was awesome.”
The bride had a custom made black wedding dress, and the groom, a custom suit replicated from the John Wick movie. The wedding party wore rock n roll inspired outfits; the groomsmen in tuxedo jacket and trousers with their favourite rock bands’ t-shirt underneath, and the bridesmaids were in in plenty of leather!
Alba and Nico initially thought they’d have a big wedding, but when Covid scuppered those grand plans, and certain family members started being difficult, they decided to elope instead! They wanted their day to be intimate, special and just for the two of them.
They got ready together, had their intimate ceremony and then ate their favourite food – pasta. Sounds like a dream to me! Style-wise they kept things simple, too. “We both agreed that the colours of our intimate wedding had to adapt to those of the nature of space: white, green and brown”, the bride said.
Julia and Jeran chose the remote, seaside village of Misty Cliffs, Cape Town, for their intimate winter wedding celebration. They found a house on Airbnb which they rented and included lots of creative, handmade touches. Their loved ones were involved in arranging flowers, making the food and cake as well as sharing special words for the couple during the ceremony.
Julia hand-embroidered her aqua top which her mum also wore on her own wedding day, and embellished Jeran’s purple shirt in brilliant green botanicals. Her skirt was made by a friend.
They wanted their wedding to be as far away from a cookie cutter, traditional day as possible. The bride explains, “We wanted to focus on the beauty of the natural world, without forgetting about the universe beyond our planet! Although maybe it’s more accurate to say we wanted a touch of the weird and otherworldly magical. The colour scheme of forest greens and mints and then violets was also a big part of the inspiration. I was very inspired particularly by those specific succulents that are green but also have hints of purples.”
Nicola and Scott were never overly bothered about having a wedding, having been together for 13 years before they decided to do it, but they came around to the idea because they wanted a big party! “We wanted all of our loved ones together for a celebration but were happy to keep the ceremony a more private occasion,” Nicola told us.
With that in mind, they ditched most wedding day traditions like cake cutting, first dance, seating plans and favours. “We were able to create the same kind of atmosphere you would get at a standalone wedding venue in a pub, on a much smaller budget, by picking a stylish location that didn’t require lavish décor, and spending most of the budget on food and drink, because we all know these are the most important elements to a good knee’s up!”