Down a cobblestone laneway, behind some bright blue doors lies The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo, the setting for Alice and Andrew’s cheeky DIY wedding .
As soon as the couple laid eyes on the space they knew it was where they wanted to be married. It was run down, cozy and had a massive disco ball – perfect.
Alice and Andrew agreed on a few crucial details that set the scene for their big day. They knew they wanted an evening wedding, local to where they lived, and that turned into one big party as soon as the ‘I-dos’ where exchanged.
‘We picked a few of our favourite things and based the night around them…Aperol Spritzes, Espresso Martinis, cheeseburgers, and dancing,’ says Alice.
To help keep costs down, Alice and Andrew DIY-ed most of their wedding and set one of their best friends with the task of managing the styling on the day.
‘It was a lifesaver. The hardest thing about DIY weddings is that you aren’t there on the day to coordinate it. Having [my friend] there with all of my notes made it easy for me to relax,’ says Alice.
Without working to a specific theme or colour palette, the couple used a custom-made, bright pink ‘Til Death sign as the key feature. This off-set the King Protea in Alice’s bouquet beautifully, along with the few festoon lights, market flowers and custom signs that also decorated the space.
‘The hot glue gun also got a good workout in the lead up to the wedding,’ adds Alice.
‘We DIY’ed a photo booth out of an old wooden structure at the venue. My mum helped me to make pink and gold garlands to decorate it and friends helped me to recreate a Polaroid photo board we had seen on Pinterest.
‘The idea was that you replace your name tag with a Polaroid. It looked awesome and we were so excited when we saw people queuing up to go in it later in the night.’
Alice and Andrew have some key advice for other brides and grooms looking to plan a similar rendezvous.
‘It’s possible to keep costs down! We had a clear image early on of what we wanted – a party, plain and simple. When things kept getting bigger we would go back to those main things that we lost sight of in the planning process,’ says Alice.
‘Also, research and pick a good photographer! We looked on Instagram at the photos tagged at the venue and fell in love with It’s Beautiful Here. She fit in seamlessly on the day and when we received our sample photos we were just blown away.’
See what all the fuss of Alice and Andrew’s wedding is about below.
Photography: It’s Beautiful Here | Videography: C2 | Event Planning, Styling + Decorations: Bride + Groom DIY | Floral Styling: Flowers by Dolly + Bride DIY | Hire Items: Complete Function Hire | Venue: The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo | Catering + Drinks: Fred & Ginger | Cake: Cheese from South Melbourne Market | Cake Topper: Etsy + Bride’s Niece DIY | Neon Sign: Carla O’Brian | Wedding Gown: Grace Loves Lace | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Suits: Country Road | Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands: Cushla Whiting | Celebrant: Matt Finch | Hair: Jen Collier Hair Stylist | Makeup: Jean Louise Make Up | Entertainment: DJ Jess Fultone
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