This DIY music-themed wedding will bring a big smile to your face! James and Paul wanted the aesthetic of a church wedding, with the energy of a Spice Girls concert. They combined their passions (and their favourite artists) into a colourful celebration of their love. We think it’s bloody fabulous so keep reading to see more!
Photos by Gemma Suckley Photography
How To Plan a DIY Wedding
Planning A Music Themed Wedding
Here’s what James and Paul told us about their music themed wedding day:
“We booked our wedding venue in 2019, just under 3 years before the wedding day. This was mainly to allow us time to save and plan it to the Nth degree. A lot of our friends looked at us like we were mad, but it turned out to be a great decision. When the big day finally came it was April 2022, just after all of the major Covid lockdowns and restrictions.
We wanted to have a church wedding without a religious ceremony, as James used to sing in a choir and always dreamed of marrying in a church. The major snag was that we’re not religious and the Church of England still doesn’t allow gay marriage. As soon as we saw Left Bank in Leeds, we knew it was the right place for us. It’s a beautiful former Methodist church with stained glass windows, a disco ball and a bar. The team at the venue allowed us the freedom to organise many aspects of the day ourselves, which suited us down to a T. We wanted to make it a personal day full of things that represent us.”
DIY Wedding Details - For The Music Lovers
This wedding was full of beautiful personal touches and creative DIY details. James and Paul told us more about their big day:
“We styled our wedding around our passion: music. We had a seating plan of the artists we have been to see since we met in 2016. The table decorations were a continuation of this theme, with Spice Girls (Paul’s absolute faves) and Queen (we both love Queen, but who doesn’t?) place cards. The center-pieces were a rainbow-coloured bunch of Tulips (a nod to James’s hometown of Spalding in Lincolnshire) from a local florist. Lace squares for each table were made by Paul’s nana, who couldn’t make the journey due to poor health.
We wanted to both wear blue but different shades – Paul wore a light blue Reiss suit and James wore a Ted Baker in navy blue. We both wore burgundy ties and handkerchiefs. With different shades of brown shoes, crisp white shirts, and colourful tulip buttonholes, we felt a million dollars!”
Eat, Drink, Dance!
Good food and good music are key to a great wedding. James and Paul smashed their wedding food with pie and mash from Pie Minister, followed by an epic dessert table including doughnuts, collin the caterpillars and cake pops. We love how they kept it simple and stayed true to what they love!
After changing into fresh new trainers, they danced the night away to a playlist that had been 3 years in the making!