Day one was an intimate affair at Fort Henry with only immediate family and friends, plus the couples adorable dog Alfie, and day two was party day in a local village hall, prepped and preened by family and friends with lots of DIY decor and details. The afternoon kicked off with Gin cocktails, craft beers, fish and chips and ice cream cones, and culminated with a ceilidh band. Capturing all the laid back vibes and fun were photographer friends The George’s.
BUDGET £12.5 – 15K
I can’t think of two themes richer in colours or flavours than those which inspire this wedding: autumn and Mexico. The striking shades of Sophie & Steve’s autumnal colour scheme – mustards, rust and berries – are vibrant and vivacious, and work so well on all levels: from the mismatched bridesmaids dresses to the bouquets and doughnut wall. Mexican catering, plus margaritas, must have kept guests extremely happy, and a note on the cake – a three-tiered vegan chocolate cherry and almond number – made by local bakery Luminary, a social enterprise that provides training, community and employment opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged women. Now that truly has a RMW stamp of approval.
Oyez, oyez, oyez! We officially decree that you down tools and turn your attention to this picturesque summer wedding in the Sussex town of Rye. Marrying classic with contemporary, this delightful day is a perfect mix of quintessential Britain and rustic revelry; we’re talking a Morris Minor wedding car, village hall reception venue, fabulous summer florals and to-die-for DIY tipi décor. We are utterly charmed. Road trip to Rye, anyone?
When you’re planning a wedding, it’s SO easy to let the budget run away with you and spend spend spend like there’s no tomorrow. This savvy pair knew they wanted a beautiful wedding from the off, but also wanted to make sure they didn’t bankrupt themselves in the process. Between them and their amazing wedding guests, they’ve pulled off a gorgeous wedding, for less than 5k. Yep, you read that right, less than £5000. Want to know how they did it? Read on for the low down…
Belle and Matt’s beautiful DIY village hall wedding is the ultimate example of how to use your wedding budget wisely. A clever balance of DIY projects and help from friends, but spending in all the right places like on photography from James Frost, a stunning wedding dress by Anna Kara and incredible food. I feel like this is how to get married now. It’s stylish, special and celebrates the couple’s personal story, but it’s not ostentatious.
Look out for the vinyl favours, each one sourced personally for every guest. Such a special touch and a reminder that favours don’t always have to be displayed on the tables. If you’re hoping to have a gorgeous wedding on a budget, then make sure you’ve listened to our latest podcast episode, and read this feature – both of which cover exactly that.
But in the mean time, enjoy this magical day…captured beautifully by James.
Please get yourselves a hot cuppa and settle down somewhere comfortable for this one, as it’s such a gorgeous, heartfelt wedding day that you’ll really want to savour it. Esha and Thom’s write up left me beaming from ear to ear, it truly is one of the loveliest reports from a couple I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. The pair’s village hall wedding was all about doing things their way and it’s just a joy to behold. I’m not going to give away too many spoilers, but make sure you look out for Esha’s pitstop at her Grandma’s house before the ceremony, Thom’s wild entrance and the couple’s clever ways of making their ceremony completely unique.
I don’t think there could be a more suitable person to have captured it either, Alline from Beatrici Photography and Esha and Thom go together like gin and tonic. It’s such a gorgeous day everyone, enjoy!
It’s been a while since we shared a truly home spun, village hall wedding with you all and this one fits the bill perfectly. Amanda and Sam stuck to a budget of £5000 for their wedding day and pulled off the sweetest, most fun of occasions. I absolutely love the thoughtful details – second hand books specially chosen for each guest as a favour, flags to represent their British and American backgrounds, playlists with choices from the entire wedding party…
The whole day looks like a traditional village fete which just warms the soul. Throw in a piñata and some classic American drinking games with the obligatory red cups and you’ve got yourself the perfect wedding celebration.
The one thing we never recommend saving on though, is the photographer. Amanda and Sam entrusted Neil Jackson with the job of capturing their wedding, appointing a lot of their budget to the images. Definitely a wise choice – these gorgeous images will last them a lifetime.
I love featuring weddings from village halls because it’s always seriously impressive how gorgeous you can make them look! To be fair, Maribel and Rob did have a lovely blank canvas, Sapperton Village Hall is a far cry from the average, but still the trestle table, balloon and bunting combo is utterly charming.
Family weddings always strike a note with me, as I love the thought of having your kids with you on your wedding day. Maribel and Rob’s daughter is a total cutie and the fact that her cake took centre stage of the cake table is just adorable.
It’s also lovely to hear that readers have found their wedding suppliers via Rock My Wedding and Maribel found her photographer Matt Penberthy from looking at real wedding features, and her hair and make up artist Evie Smith via our recommended supplier directory, The List.