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Budget friendly wedding; Sarah & Shawn

Today’s wedding is beautifully put together and you may be surprised to learn that it is super budget friendly. Almost all of the details were hand crafted by the Bride Sarah and she gives some brilliant advice on DIY throughout her account of the day. Captured by Stephanie Horwedel Photography, this colourful wedding  is perfect inspiration for the DIY bride.

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Romantic but fun

I wanted to create a romantic yet fun feel on my wedding day. We did not want to go into debt for one day, but also want it to be personal. I did not want a cookie cutter wedding that any bride and groom could be placed into. I wanted every detail to be personal from the cake topper to the aisle runner. I also wanted to feel a little bit like home as I am from the country in WI.

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Dress and Shoes

The wedding was dress designed by the bride and created by Mary Rita of Bakersfield Alterations, it is a very unique dress for a fraction of the cost (entire dress was 500 dollars and she even sewed a six pence into the dress). My shoes were made custom by painting the bottoms blue and coated with a durable clear varnish to prevent them from scuffing, blue crystals added for a pop of glitz, as you walk the bottoms as blue. Shoes where purchased at Pay less for 15 dollars (I bought one size bigger to put gel insoles in and in case of swelling, it is hot, nervous and on your feet all day) made into a unique bride shoe (and they were so comfortable!)

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Budget Friendly Advice

When planning a wedding think about what you remember from other weddings? Was the food bad, cold, not enough? What did the decorations look like what color? What color were the chairs? Was it hot cold? Did you have to pay for drinks?
If you can’t remember what color the chairs were or the tablecloths chances are your guests will not either. Spend the money on the things that are personal to you and your spouse. Don’t spend extra money on fancy chairs or table cloths, patterned china or wedding favors….your guests will only remember if they had a good time or not.
Think about special talents your friends and family have, are they good at hair or make up? Crafty? Or do they have a personality that will help you. You can save a lot of money by enlisting there help and it is less stress too.

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The perfect blend of Vintage and Tradition; Laura & Andrew

There are more details in Laura and Andrew’s day than you can shake a stick at. The bridesmaids are in perfectly contrasting outfits and the groomsmen are just as suave. Add into the mix afternoon tea with vintage china and a dress from the 1940’s and this swiftly becomes a wedding I wish I was at.

More importantly, Laura and Andrew’s day radiates sheer and utter happiness. I just love it!

This wedding is shot by Charlene Morton Photography, a UK photographer in the West Country.

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Preparations

The morning of the wedding began at Laura and Andrews Bristol home, where the bridal party preparations were well underway. Hair and make-up artists had set up camp in the kitchen with boxes of rollers, brushes pots and powders. As we arrived the bridesmaids had their hair set and were all in coloured hairnets which held their curled and pinned hair-dos in place. The bridesmaids dresses were all vintage, and had been painstakingly sourced by Laura. 4 long laced prom style dresses (some of which had been hand-dyed pastel tones) were all authentic vintage, absolutely beautiful and were as if they were made to suit each of the girls. The addition of handmade flower corsages tied the bridesmaids together seamlessly. Laura had also sourced matching coloured vintage costume jewellery for each of her bridesmaids which was presented as gifts in dainty handbags she had hand sewn!

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Vintage Find

Laura’s 1940’s vintage dress had been sourced from America, and was found in a dusty trunk which had not been opened since the wartime. A really incredible find! The dress had been shipped to the UK and altered to reduce the skirt size to a more A-line shape to modernise slightly and fit Laura perfectly. Delicate long lace arms and a high laced neck The preparations were a wholly relaxed morning of fun, smiles and friends.

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Dapper groom

The grooms party arrived, each with flashes of 1940’s inspiration, from the quiffed fringes, to contrast brogues and black braces. Even the guests had joined in on the fun, with 1950’s style prom dresses, red lipstick and feathered hats. This wedding really was vintage done well.

Vintage cars transported the bridal party to Leigh Court and they were whisked away to an upstairs room to prepare for the ceremony. (Elements of the day like this created a really traditional feel to the proceedings, and including a greeting line after the ceremony) The sun was well and truly shining and remained bright well into the evening, allowing guests the pleasure of sitting outside and enjoying their pimms – probably for the first time this year!

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Afternoon Tea

Thanks to the Vintage China Hire, the dining room had been transformed into a tea party fit for a queen (and her king!). Delicate vintage teacups, mismatched with ornate teapots, floral doilies and china cake stands provided the basis of the table setup. It was the intricate details and personal touches which really made the difference, female guests were gifted with hand knitted cupcakes, created by Laura’s mother, whilst the male guests were treated to personalised handkerchiefs. Miniature crackers provided an ingenious icebreaker around the tables, and wild pastel toned seasonal flowers were scattered in glass vases.

High tea was served in a rush of tea leaves, miniature sandwiches and fresh cream cakes whilst a Rockabilly band set up in the adjoining room.

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Pose off

After the ceremony we took the opportunity to line the guests up outside for the confetti throwing, the newlyweds walked through a long tunnel of their guests whilst being showered in pastel petals. Pimms was served on the back lawn, and we swept the bride groom and their nearest and dearest away for some group shots.

The group shots soon turned into a pose off, with the ushers and groom attempting out out pose the modelesque bride and her bridesmaids. The boys flashed their brogues, and emulated the suave gentlemen of the 1940’s era.

Whilst the girls undertook a very editorial look and showed the boys how its done!

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Raising the hemline

In order to dance the night away in style Laura slipped into something a little more comfortable, a shorter 1950’s vintage dress with sage green satin sash. With an abundance of petticoats and delicate lace sleeves she relaxed into her outfit change in order to enjoy the rest of her night. The sun shone for the entire evening allowing some beautiful shots with dreamlike sun-glare.

The entire day was a flawless blend of vintage and tradition, with family and close friends sharing the day together. The evening entertainment included a rockabilly band, and outside barbecue, a lovely relaxed evening to top off a perfect wedding day. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Brown!

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Photographer:  Charlene Morton Photography/Hair Stylist: Bridal Styling / Floral Designer:Greenfields Florist / Transportation: Kens Kars/Dress Store:Luxe Bridal / Dress Designer:Susan Gibly (vintage dress alterations) / Other: TheVintageHire.com/

It’s all in the details; ladders

Using a dusty old ladder as part of your wedding day decor may not sound very appealing but trust me it’s so country chic it hurts. Painted or bare, ladders can be used for the important stuff like your table plan, or merely there as a great way to style your flowers, photographs, old watering cans and other pieces around.

Personally I love ladder decor. It’s whimsical and rustic and makes me wish I had lots of old ladders lying around the flat to decorate!

L: Maggie Mccall R: Matt Edge Photography

L: Maggie Mccall R: Matt Edge Photography

T: Jolly Good Wedding B: The Wedding of my Dreams

T: Jolly Good Wedding B: The Wedding of my Dreams

Clockwise from top L: Chloe Murdoch Photography; Onelove;  This Modern Romance; Erik Ekroth; Erik Ekroth; Lane Dittoe Photography

Clockwise from top L: Chloe Murdoch Photography; Onelove; This Modern Romance; Erik Ekroth; Erik Ekroth; Lane Dittoe Photography

L: Eliza Claire Photography R: Raised in cotton lifestyle

L: Eliza Claire Photography R: Raised in cotton lifestyle

Maggie Mccall

Maggie Mccall

Inject some neon into your wedding day

Neon is continuing to trend in the fashion world which I love because it immediately makes me smile.  I noticed with great delight at the British Polo Day that almost every man was wearing bright popping coloured trousers – bright colours are firmly on the fashion radar at the moment.

Translated into weddings, bright colours are a brilliant way of creating an instant ‘feel-good’ vibe. The great thing about neon and bright colours is that you don’t need a lot of it to make a real impact. Blush and neon is a really fresh and fun colour palette to experiment with.

Whether it’s a whole lot of colour or just a few splashes, bright colours are the perfect way to add warmth and style to your wedding day.

Jose Villa

Jose Villa

T: Pocketful of dreams B: Kate Harrison

T: Pocketful of dreams B: Kate Harrison

T: Carly Jones B: Days Remembered by ND

T: Carly Jones B: Days Remembered by ND

Christine Pobke

Christine Pobke

L: Adrienne Gunde Photography R: Vokel Image

L: Adrienne Gunde Photography R: Vokel Image

L: Ladyfingers letterpress R: Jason Walz Photography

L: Ladyfingers letterpress R: Jason Walz Photography

T: Kate Harrison B: Weddings by Two

T: Kate Harrison B: Weddings by Two

Amanda Watson

Amanda Watson

T: Lee Bird Photography B: Etsy

T: Lee Bird Photography B: Etsy

5 easy ways to personalise your day

Making your day all about should be the simplest thing you do, however, I know that many Brides can feel a little overwhelmed when they see all the wedding pretty that is out there and want it all (something I can definitely identify with!)

I’ve come up with five ways to add simple personal touches to your day.

Photographs

This is one of the easiest ways to make an instant personable impact. A collection to mark some of your favourite memories as a couple, moments with friends and guests, and old family wedding photographs are lovely ways to help celebrate your day. With lots of lovely options on how to display them, this could be a really memorable part of your day for your guests.

mirelle carmichael photography

mirelle carmichael photography

Jen & Chris Creed Photography

Jen & Chris Creed Photography

Fondly Forever Photography

Fondly Forever Photography

NGG Studios Photography

NGG Studios Photography

 Words

This is time consuming but worth it when you see the smiles on your guests’ faces. Take the time to write a sentence or a fact about each guest; keep it light and amusing and use it as part of your table layout which will serve as a great conversation ice-breaker. We opted to make a ‘Menu of Mates’ which sat on each table and had a small bio and photograph of every guest. Yes it took ages. But it was completely worth it.

You could also add a small bio on all your ‘important’ people in the Order of Service which will help those who might not know as many people and also makes those all important special people feel just a little more special.

Mark Osborne Photography

Mark Osborne Photography

Memoire Studio

Memoire Studio

Themes

Create a day that truly reflects you as a couple without getting bogged down by worrying if it’s ‘weddingy’ enough. Your guests will appreciate and identify with the reasons why you have chosen a particular theme. For example, if your biggest love is skydiving then incorporate that. Staying true to you and your fiancé is the best way to make your day unique. Some of the most bonkers ideas make the best weddings.

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Signature pieces

If you’re a lover of food and drink then use these elements as part of your day. Is there a drink or food type that makes your friends and family think of you? Then use it! Even if it’s something as simple as baked beans, you can incorporate this into your canapés with miniature beans on toast. Or if you’re feeling creative then take the time to create your very own signature cocktail. You can have great fun experimenting and naming your drink which will ensure that your guests will love it:

A dash of the Groom’s old friend (Spiced Rum)

A moderate amount of the Bride’s favourite tipple (Pimms)

The fizz that binds them together (Lemonade)

Jose Villa Photography

Jose Villa Photography

 

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mk photography

Music

Taking control of your music choices ensures that you personalise your day from the very start. Don’t be afraid to add elements which have a meaningful connection to your heritage, for example, if you have Scottish ties and love the bagpipes then use them.

If you’ve hired a DJ or band then make sure that they’ll play music that you love, not just like, but love. Again, if there is a song that makes your friends and family instantly think of you then use it. Try not to worry too much about pleasing others, you’ll be surprised by just how many ‘oldies’ know all the words to ‘Mr Brightside’.

Jana Williams Photography

Jana Williams Photography

Ikonica

Ikonica

Andrea and Marcus

Andrea and Marcus

Captured photography by Jenny

Captured photography by Jenny

Black and White

There is a certain elegance and simplicity that derives from a monochrome wedding which I love. In particular, a big black sash and bow around a white wedding dress is utterly divine.

Being a lover of brights, a splash of colour against a monochrome background gives instant vibrance and highlights the intensity of the colour.

Here are some of my favourite monochrome inspirations:

kay english photography 4 Eyes photography

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tanja lippert photography

Bellafare

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4 Eyes photography

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