Sarah and Mike created a DIY wedding at Victoria Baths in Manchester last autumn. The day kicked off with a church ceremony followed by a vintage Fiat 500 ride to their unique reception venue.​ To fit in with this botanical styled day they opted for a sage colour scheme and the bridesmaids all looked gorgeous in their dresses. The bride teamed her white hydrangea bouquet with a stunning strapless dress which she layered under a beautiful lace top for the ceremony. Lots of greenery, DIY styling and a macramé wall hanging all made for the most perfect relaxed vibe throughout the reception, the evening entertainment certainly did not disappoint either with a photo booth, a giant Jenga game and lots of pizza, what's not to love! All of this incredible family fun is captured by Esme Whiteside.

What Made Your Day Unique

"My Grandmother loved Victoria Baths and when we first started planning our wedding we both loved the idea of having a relaxed wedding there, however, after discussing with our family we ended up booking a different venue and date for 2020. In June 2019 we felt like we were planning a wedding for other people and decided to cancel our original date and venue and book one of the few remaining dates at Victoria Baths for that year, giving us three months to plan! Everyone thought that we were crazy but it was one of the best decisions we made. Our day was unique because it reflected us as a couple and the venue meant so much to us. We made lots of the games, backdrops, macrame bunting and dressed the venue exactly how we wanted to which also helped to make our day feel so special because we had created it all Esme (Photographer) was amazing the entire process of planning our wedding and so supportive and helpful! The Birdie Photobooth was so much fun and Vicky (Hair) was amazing! All of our suppliers was great and we would highly recommend them."

Sarah & Mike

Victoria Baths

The Victoria Baths in Manchester was this couples first choice when they started to plan their day and was extra special as the venue meant so much to the couple. It is such a unique venue and steeped in history with the beautiful tiles and features which really helped this bride and grooms vision come to life, the perfect backdrop to their day. To make the day all the more special this couple also decided to create the decor and games themselves, they spent the day before the wedding decorating the venue to make sure it was all perfect!

Inspiration & Styling

"Botanical garden! Botanical garden! Botanical garden! We have so many plants in our house and lots of wooden features so we wanted our wedding to reflect this. We decided not to have floral decor but to have lots of greenery and a relaxed vibe. We created a games pool and wanted to incorporate macramé features, with a white, green and grey colour scheme. Victoria Baths is a stunning venue and its beautiful tiles and features helped to make our vision come to life. Having acoustic music in the church was beautiful. As soon as I heard the band start to sing I started to cry and felt so much calmer once I got to the top of the aisle! We loved being able to have all of our huge family and friends together."

Sarah & Mike
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Olivia Smith

Written by Olivia Smith

Venue: Victoria Baths | Videographer: Adam Wing | Bridal Dress: Caroline Castigliano | Bridal Top: Catherine Deane | Bridesmaid Dresses : Debenhams | Grooms Suit: Peter Posh | Shoes : Adidas Originals Continental 80 trainer | Food (Day): The Striped Pig | Food (Evening): Pizza Peddlers | Cake: Libby G Cakes | Hair Stylist: Vicky M Hair | Makeup Artist: Maxine Smith | Stationery : The Image Group | Entertainment (Day) : The Northern House | Entertainment (Evening): Young Soul DJ | Planner / Stylist : Ivy and Texture | Transport: Fiat 500 | Balloons: Balloon Smith | Photobooth: Birdie Photobooth | Bridal Boutique : Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique

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