Some brides aren't looking for a traditional wedding. They want a quirky venue and unusual décor. Brighton is a haven for fabulous and characterful weddings like this. Here, we show you why Brighton is a top destination for the untraditional bride.
There are many beautiful but unusual wedding venues in this popular seaside town. How about getting married in one of the oldest inns in the country? The original inn at the Old Ship Hotel (www.oldshipbrighton.co.uk) dates back to 1559. Their collection of ballrooms where your big day can take place all have Grade II listed status, so you couldn't get much more historic. You will be joining a long list of famous people who have stayed in the hotel over the years, including King George IV, Charles Dickens, and Winston Churchill. If you like something a bit spooky, underneath the hotel there are smuggling tunnels, which lead from the beach back into the town and date back over 450 years. These can even be used for intimate weddings. The Old Ship Hotel can be used in so many ways whatever your wedding preference.
Getting the right bridal look for your wedding is important. If you're an alternative bride, you may think it is hard to find a stylist that will create the perfect look for you. Fear not! Looking for that retro style? The team at Betty Lou are expects in creating vintage bridal hair and make-up for your big day. This is perfect for the brides who want a vintage-themed wedding designed to perfection by the experts. They were voted one of the 50 best wedding hair stylists in the UK in 2019 and can create whatever look you wish for your big day, whether it's the perfect 60s cat eyeliner or 40s victory rolls.
Picking the right photographer to create a lasting memory of your big day is important. Epic Love Story (www.epiclovestory.co.uk) is an alternative photographer based in Brighton. She loves working with the non-traditional couple looking for an alternative edge in their photos.
If you don’t have space for a photo booth on the day, you could buy tokens from Photomatic (www.photomatic.company) on North Laine where guests can drop in any time during the course of your wedding day and use their tokens to take photos in their photo booth. The photos can then be collected to create a collage of your most memorable day.
EXTRAS TO MAKE THE DAY
Whether it be the favours or the wedding cake, each detail can make a big difference in creating a unique wedding. Check out these ideas:
A stick of rock
It'd be a shame to not get a stick of rock when in Brighton, so why not give them to your guests? Sticks of rock will make the perfect sweet treat as a favour. To make it that bit extra special, the Rock Shop on the Brighton sea front will personalise your sticks of rock for you, making them especially for the occasion.
If a traditional wedding cake isn't for you, how about a replica of the Taj Mahal made from chocolate instead? Chocadyllic (www.chocadyllic.co.uk) can make that happen. You can get commissioned a design of your choosing to be made out of chocolate. They do everything from animals to bridges, so they are sure to create the most spectacular sculpture for your wedding. All their creations are made using Belgian chocolate for the tastiest treat. Perfect for a centrepiece on the top table or to be eaten instead of cake.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you need to do it your way. Whether that's going fully untraditional or just choosing an unusual venue, Brighton is the perfect place to host your alternative wedding.