The offbeat bride: Hannah, Teacher
Her offbeat partner: Nick, Document manager
Location & date of wedding: Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada and a boat on the river Thames in London, England — October 20, 2010
What made our wedding offbeat: We ran off to Las Vegas during the school holiday and got married. Elvis walked me down the aisle and serenaded us to his best tunes. We had two witnesses with us.
We spent a week in Vegas and went to see my childhood hero, Cher, at Caesar's Palace.
The day after our wedding, we flew to the Grand Canyon and drank champagne.
On our return to England, we held a small reception for about sixty people on a boat. The boat sailed the waters of London's River Thames, past all the famous landmarks, all the way out to the Thames Barrier. It was amazing to see London all lit up at night.
Our DJ played all the loudest, rocking tunes he could find. Our DJ is a local rock night DJ who only asked for travel expenses.
I wore a £100 purple bridesmaid dress, Vivienne Westwood shoes, and a gold veil for the wedding ceremony. For the reception, I wore the same dress teamed with a black cloak and big white goth boots.
The boots themselves have their own story! I saw them eight years ago in Camden and made my mother purchase them for me. I was adamant that I would wear them at my wedding! I was only nineteen (and single) at the time. I saved them for all this time just for this day.
Nick wore an amazing, old-west style outfit for the ceremony, and for the reception, he wore the trench coat he has had since he was at school. He loves it so much he wants to be buried in it!
The wedding, including our trip to Vegas and the party, cost us just under £5000.
Our biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was our music. We initially had planned a registry office wedding, a meal and party at a venue in Kent. The main problem with that was being allowed to play our favorite songs.
Our “dream” venue insisted that we used the in-house DJ and we were unable to request songs. We love heavy metal music and our biggest fear was having our first dance to ABBA or the latest pop starlet. Not really us, because music is such an integral part of our lives.
The boat was such a great idea — we could make as much noise as we wanted, because we were moving along the river.
Another challenge was taking no family with us to the wedding. We got around this by having the ceremony posted online!
My favorite moment: The wedding was so quick; the most meaningful part was waking up the next day and taking a helicopter ride with my new husband over the Hoover Dam and landing in the Grand Canyon. The other most meaningful thing was all the people who made an effort, put on their finery and boots and enjoyed the party!
My funniest moment: Being serenaded by Elvis!
My advice for offbeat brides: Do not spend a fortune on your wedding day. The wedding itself was over in a blur. Spend the money on a holiday combined with the wedding, it will make the whole time more memorable and relaxing.
Post requests on student photographer forums. We paid £40 for our photos and we were extremely satisfied.
What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Nothing matters more than having a bloody good time! It was our two-week celebration and we loved almost every minute of it! (Although the helicopter ride was a tad scary for me.)
Care to share a few vendor/shopping links?
- Photographer: Illuminations Photography
- Dress: Debenhams
- Ceremony Chapel: Graceland Chapel
- Groom's outfit: Gentleman's Emporium
- Boat: Capital Pleasure Boats
Enough talk — show me the wedding porn!