BUT, in this day and age, you can make it whatever you want. You can get married underwater, in a windmill, on a remote island or up a tree.
You can wear black, blue, animal print? Hell, you can probably be naked.
You can write your own vows, play your favourite music, eat your comfort food and tailor everything to truly represent YOU.
If you want to be a bit different, I BEG you to look at Offbeat Bride , the ideas and real weddings on there will get your brain ticking! They call it wedding porn you know...
Here's a couple of snaps from our wedding two years ago:
Yep, we were on a farm, I was 36wks pregnant, we camped that night, we had a pinata, fish and chips, and between us and our amazing families and friends we decorated the whole place ourselves. I won't bore you with all of the details, but the fact that so many people had helped to put the day together in exactly the way we wanted still makes my husband and I smile now, it was fab.
Anyway, I thought I'd do a post every now and then about how to make your own wedding or party decorations, starting with the cake topper! I looked everywhere for a wedding cake topper which I thought was our style. There are some beauties about.
The first cake I loved was from Choccywoccydoodah, it was a bit like this one below but I'm sure it had two birds on the top...
There are some talented people out there who will make a bespoke topper representing you and your family, which can make it really personal. This one is from JustToppers
GenefyPlayground on Etsy
OneViewFinder on Etsy
If you want to go the DIY route (I always want that route!) then here are some ideas:
- Printable paper flags (marthastewart.com)
- Clay or Salt dough
- Ready to roll icing models
- Printed rice paper
- Biscuits, e.g. gingerbread people or faces.
- Sweets, e.g. jelly babies, character sweets.
- Salt and pepper pots (you laugh, but there are some great his/her ones! And just ones that go together well)
- Fluffy chicks for a Spring wedding? Or a big egg on top with a photo of you inside?
- Feathery birds, I've seen them with top hats/ veils!
- Wooden peg dolls
With our cake in mind, and thinking about how expensive it can be to have a personalised cake topper, I really think you can do well with DIY or toys!
You could use lego or hero figurines if you're a bit geeky, some kind of small dolls, Sylvanian families have so many animals you could dress up/ add things to! There are so many individual ideas on Offbeat Bride, I've seen Super Mario Bros couples, goth toppers, ones which have the couple's pets involved...
Very random but when you're a bride it's all down to the detail... (Anyone unmarried may be thinking "What the hell?", but I loved planning the sh** out of my wedding!)
I will leave you with some of my favourite ideas, have fun with it!