Multicoloured DIY Rustic Marquee Wedding

Multicoloured DIY Rustic Wedding


This wedding is a corker, from the divine stationery at the very beginning of the feature to that special first dance right at the end. You are going to love this guys.

Derek and Roxie were married on the 18th July 2015 at Minstead Study Centre in the New Forest. They held their ceremony against a rainbow crepe paper backdrop before heading to the marquee for a stunning celebration. Their wedding was a real DIY effort with 400 jars lovingly decorated and filled with blooms, hand sewn hessian table runners and rustic wooden touches.

Roxie looked oh so gorgeous in Dakota by Sottero and Midgley, all lace and off shoulder sleeves, while Derek went for a tweed waistcoat and bow tie combo which looked so brilliant. Their Japanese Shiba Inu dog – Kokoh even made an appearance which I think is ever so lovely.

Victoria JK Lamburn Photography, thank you so much today for sharing your amazing photographs.


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THE PROPOSAL | 23rd December 2013 whilst on holiday in the highlands of Scotland. Quaint little village covered in snow after a Christmas parade whilst the village choir were singing Christmas carols.

THE VISION | Rustic/vintage feel with a laid back festival type feel.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Venue was the most important – we wanted somewhere outdoorsy and a little bit different. We had to be able to bring our Japanese Shiba Inu dog – Kokoh too! We love the little details so I knew I would need to start the DIY projects right away. This was also to keep costs down. We had family and friends collecting jam jars for us and spent several afternoons with my bridesmaids decorating them!

Once we found our venue we needs to get a marquee arranged which was Premium Marquees Limited. They were brilliant at helping us plan the marquee and what we would need – tables and chairs etc. We had a slight disaster the day before where the electrics went at the venue. I didn’t even realise there had been a problem because the marquee went and got their generator and supplied this to us for no extra cost (this would have cost over £200) because they wanted to make sure everything went smoothly and they only mentioned it once they had solved the problem. I cannot recommend them enough.

Food was important to us as we wanted a festival relaxed vibe so we went with a BBQ. The company Earl of Sandwich use local suppliers and provided a brilliant BBQ and bar at a very reasonable price. We loved the fact it was local produce. Derek loves real ale, as do lots of our friends and family so it was also a massive plus for us when they could supply a keg of real ale ‘Flower Pots bitter’ from another local brewery the Flowerpots Brewery.

For me the dress was important as I wanted something a bit different but still fairly traditional. I spent a long time searching and eventually found design I loved Sottero and Midgley which was supplied at Bride to Bee in Warsash.

For us another important thing was our photographer – there was a particular style we were looking for and we knew exactly that style we wanted. We found Victoria Lamburn at a wedding fair and loved her style and personality. We absolutely love our photographs!

Cake – We left this quite late to organise and so in a bit of a panic I took a recommendation from someone I worked with. This turned out to be an excellent decision as Alexandra Bishop of the Pastry Corner Cakes were divine! Alex came around to our house and provided tasters and from there we went with the naked cake look. The cake topper (a coupe with a shib inu) came from Etsy a great place to pick up quirky handmade items.

BUDGET | We didn’t want to spend more than £12k – we didn’t keep track of every penny but came in around that.

THE VENUE | Minstead Study Centre in Minstead the New Forest. They don’t hold many weddings a year so it was very unique! Most of the year they are a study centre for school trips but they also hold local events such as bread making courses and autumn festivals. We loved the grounds including the round house and the people who run the venue were so accommodating and were brilliantly helpful.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dakota by Sottero and Midgley.

Jewellery – My nan’s pear earrings and necklace – as my something old.

Shoes – TOMs.

Hair piece – Believe it or not £2 from eBay! I made it out of two different hair chains to get the look I wanted (they were £1 each).

FINDING THE DRESS | I knew once I found the designer I loved I then had to whittle down the dresses.  I’m tall at 5:10 so it was key for me the dress suited my height. I always thought I would go strapless but I fell in love with unusual design of this dress and loved the vintage look.

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Being mid July Derek decided not to go with suit jackets which saved us a lot of money! He already had a vision in mind of something a bit different to fit with the vintage relaxed theme. Again the suits were a bargain purchase from eBay. Derek did put a bit of research in heading to Brighton to look around the vintage shops, unfortunately he couldn’t find exactly what he wanted but got inspiration.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | Music was a huge part of the wedding because Derek is in band and music is his absolute passion. We share a love of indie music so I walked down the aisle to Alt-J Warm Foothills and our first dance was to the 50’s song Earth Angel by The Penguins – (we love the movie Back To The Future where this song also features so it had double the meaning for us!). We did all our own music – it took hours of evenings spent sitting down all our songs to get the playlist for the day and the evening. Amy my chief bridesmaid had done this for her wedding and it is perfect because the music you want is the music you get and we saved money on a DJ who wouldn’t have been able to get exactly what we wanted. We would have loved a live band but decided against this for budget reasons.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | And a brides man! My bridesmaids were my best friends Amy and Ali and Derek’s sister Vicki. My brides man was my other best friend Adam who also gave me away. The ladies were dressed in dress from BHS and Adam had chinos and a shirt from Next. Shoes were from New look. I found by using high street shops it really kept the costs low without comprising on the look I wanted.

THE FLOWERS | A Friend’s mum did these for us very reasonably! We wanted a huge amount of flowers on our tables and she went straight to the supplier which made it very cost effective for us. I was very particular about the roses for my bouquet, they were fragrant peony like roses – really tricky to find but she did it!

THE CAKE | Each layer was different favour – flavours were tiramisu, lemon and, cherry bake well. The cake stand was made out of a log from Derek’s uncle’s garden and Derek’s dad carved our initials in it. Again completely free and saved us a lot of money whilst being really effective.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Victoria did an amazing job of getting everyone organised on the day and her style is absolutely what we wanted. Victoria was very very reasonably priced as this included an engagement shoot which was perfect to get to know her and made us feel so much more relaxed on the wedding day itself!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Where to start! The backdrop for the ceremony room was lovingly (and painstaking!) put up by myself and the bridesmaids and mums and dads the day before. Strips of crepe paper streamers – we didn’t have set colour theme (yellow was the most prominent). We needed to hide the wall were we were saying our vows and this was a very cheap way of doing so!  We had bunting everywhere! The bunting in the ceremony room was made by me and the bridesmaids out of paper doilies and twine and then I collected lots of old music note paper to make more bunting (getting our music theme in there again).

For the marquee we used fabric bunting which was another bargain eBay purchase and paper honeycomb lanterns from Ikea. They were quite pricey but it filled out the empty space really effectively.

I saved a lot of money and hassle but not having a set colour theme – this meant I could get bunting etc. in any colour that was a good price!

Jars – Hours and hours of glue guns and lace! I bought off cuts of lace from eBay and ribbons and buttons wherever I went. Lots of cups of tea and chocolate later my bridesmaids and I had made over 400 jars to decorate the venue. We overestimated but I wanted the tables to be covered and we had more than enough to do this. I then put tea lights in them and balled up strings of battery powered led lights which also looked really pretty once it got dark.

The table runners in hessian are really expensive to buy so again I made these by buying hessian from a fabric shop and making these myself.

Our table names were named after guitar makes – another nod to the music side of things.

THE HONEYMOON | We had a trip of the lifetime doing a road trip in the US for 3 weeks. We started in the mid-west, a highlight being Yellowstone National park before flying down and going up the west coast from Las Vegas to San Francisco. The cost of this was not included in the budget above.

Straight after the wedding we stayed in a lovely little cottage in the New Forest for a week.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was amazing so it’s hard to pick out any highlights. I think for us it was having our friends and family celebrating with us. I can’t describe how overwhelming it is to feel the love and happiness from everyone there.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Decide what your budget is and don’t beat yourself up – there were things I couldn’t do because of our budget but actually on the day it didn’t matter at all.

DIY – Honestly it is time consuming and you will wonder what you did in your spare time before but it saved me hundreds of pounds and also gave me the unique feel I wanted. Plus on the day looking around at everything coming together gives you an amazing feeling! Get everyone involved and make it fun. Supply plenty of tea and chocolate and get everyone around on a rainy afternoon to help!

Wedding fayres and wedding car boots – These are great to get ideas and to meet suppliers and grab a bargain.

Etsy and eBay – Usually you can find things a lot cheaper using these sites. Etsy in particular I love because it is usually handmade.

Suppliers – Price was important to us but if we like one supplier over another who were more expensive we would go with the one we felt gave the best service. This paid off with the marquee company when the electrics went!


Photography | Victoria JK Lamburn Photography

Marquee | Premium Marquees Limited

Dress | Bride to Bee

Caterer | Earl of Sandwich

Cake | The Pastry Corner

Venue | Minstead Study Centre



Ahh fantastic and I love all of the music references too.

Thanks so very much to Derek and Roxie for sharing their wonderful wedding story with us xo Lou


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