20 Quirky Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding: Part IV

By Lucy Bremner

Alternative honeymoon - India

Alternative honeymoon – India

By this point, we hope you agree with us that planning an alternative wedding doesn’t have to blow your mind. We hope we’ve inspired you with our choices and helped make the wedding planning process just a little bit less stressful for you.

In this final segment of the article, we’ll introduce you to some people you can seek out for boutique wedding videography, quirky hair & beauty for weddings, quirky wedding accessories, alternative honeymoons, boutique hotels for an alternative wedding.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!


16. Boutique Wedding Videography


Pictures can tell a thousand words and in Part III, we highlighted alternative wedding photographers who can capture your special day without the cheese. But you may want to go beyond photographs and complement your still images with moving images of your friends and family on your wedding day. For some couples, wedding videography is a must – it adds an extra dimension to any special day – and finding the right videographer is key.

HD Moments provides stunning cinematic wedding videography services to couples in London, West Sussex, Hampshire and everywhere else in between who seek truly artful, unobtrusive, modern wedding videography for their special day. They specialise in telling each couple’s story in a unique way. They don’t just document your wedding; They capture the emotions of you, your family, and friends on your wedding day.

Joanna and Daniel | Wedding Videographer | Wentworth Golf Club Surrey


17. Quirky Hair and Beauty for Weddings

Have you ever noticed that when you have a great hair or makeup day, it’s an average Saturday, you’re alone, and there’s no one to witnesses your masterpiece. So the perfect smoky eye goes to waste. Of course, if fate has anything to do with it, on the day you need your make-up to be flawless – your wedding day – is the day you’ll do a botched job! No one wants to look like a Halloween bride on their wedding day (unless of course, Halloween is your theme), so the solution is to find a great and inspiring makeup artist who can do the job for you.

Rachel Williamson is a make-up artist who embodies quirkiness. For Rachel, make-up is a means of getting clients to have fun and relax so they can focus on other things.  She jokes: “You and your bridal party will definitely be happy you made the choice to do so once those instagram pictures start getting posted!” Most importantly, she promises not to make you look orange!

Rachel Willamson


Lipstick and Curls combine a vast knowledge of alternative contemporary and vintage styling with years of experience in the fashion world that they’ve applied to the bridal industry. With a speciality in alternative, contemporary and vintage styling, Lipstick and Curls will be able to compliment any bride’s style, features and personality.  Even better, their mobile teams caters for the whole of the UK. You name the destination and they’ll be there, blusher brush in hand.

Lipstick & Curls


Solo make-up artist Rachel Mannix, based in London, prides herself on being a little bit different. For Rachel, make-up is an art, like sculpture or music, a way for brides to look beautiful, express themselves, and have fun! Specialising in various aspects of the artistry, from photographic editorial to catwalk, film, SFX and bridal makeup, Rachel tries to find the balance between enhancing the most beautiful features of your face and applying make-up that is the right ‘feel’ for your wedding.”

Rachel Mannix

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18. Quirky Wedding Accessories

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  Whether it’s a headpiece, stunning jewellery or something special sewn on to your dress, great, quirky wedding accessories are sometimes hard to find. The vendors in this section should solve that problem for you though.

Ivory & Co’s  eye-catching headpieces are inspired by everything from 1920’s design to modern contemporary statement pieces. Boasting the biggest collection of bridal accessories in the U.K, Ivory & Co. has something for brides who don’t want to stray too far into alternative territory in their choice of accessories.

Ivory & Co


Madame B’s Boutique can be found in Banbury, and online for those who live further away.  Owner, Beth tells us that she “created Madame B’s Boutique to provide unique, handmade wedding accessories for couples who want something different from the usual selection of dull, mass-produced items available on the high street. I love to design pieces that really reflect the wearer’s personality.” With intricate detailing and pieces that can be designed to match an outfit you already have, Madame B’s Boutique is worth checking out!

Madame B's Boutique

Credits: Photography by Hollie Buxton; fascinators and lace jewellery by Madame B’s Boutique (Beth Paton) ; dresses by Lily & Louie ; hair by Louise Burgess and Gemma Smith ; Makeup by Ellie Sewell ; Models Bryony Robertson and Kirsty Orton. Shot on location at Beth Chatto Gardens.


For brides who want to fully embrace the alternative, look no further than Samantha Walden, who designs and crafts historically inspired tiaras and headdresses.  The accessories she produces definitely have one foot in the past, drawing influences from the gorgeous fashions of days gone by – the rich and sumptuous colours and styles of the Victorian age, the delicate beauty of the Regency period, the glitz of the 20s, to name a few.  These accessories would suit a bride who’s crazy about vintage and stylistic timepieces.

Samantha Walden 

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19. Alternative honeymoons

Traditional honeymoons entail lying on palm-fringed beaches, sipping cocktails and sharing romantic moments as the sun goes down. More adventurous couples can leave the beach towels in the closet and turn their honeymoon into unique, one-off ‘trips of a lifetime’.

From camping beneath temple ruins in Cambodia, enjoying a sundowner from a treehouse in Botswana’s Okavango Delta to sleeping in yak fur lined yurts in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan or fairy-tale palaces in India –  Wild Frontiers use their intimate, local knowledge of various destinations to tailor make off-piste honeymoon travel experiences for you.

Wild Frontiers

GoLearnTo also steers away from the traditional and offers something that’s far from ordinary.  Why not try to master authentic flamenco dancing in Seville or learn the art of photography and Spanish in the beautiful Costa Rica? Yes, we all love the beach and the luxury, but why not do something active and learn something while you do it? Your honeymoon will be even more memorable, and any skills you learn — like French cooking — could come in handy once the honeymoon is over and the real business of marriage begins!

Couples retreat

Couples retreat

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20. Boutique hotels for an Alternative Wedding 

Last but not least, we end where we began – with alternative wedding venues. Because it’s such a hard category to crack and is the foundation for the rest of your wedding planning, we thought we’d add to the inspiration we gave you in Part I by highlighting a few more options that you may consider. The appeal of a wedding ceremony and reception in a hotel is the convenience of having everything in one place. But here at No Ordinary Wedding, we don’t usually feature hotels. That’s because we think they’re some of the most uninspiring places to get married. That said, we don’t want to tar every hotel with the same brush as not all hotels are made equal. So it gives us great pleasure to highlight some boutique hotels that are specialised, sophisticated and quirky.

Lime Wood, located in the beautiful Hampshire, is a luxury country house hotel with a difference set in the heart of the New Forest National Park, just an hour and a half drive from London! It is laid-back luxury at its best – the perfect secluded hideaway escape! At the spa you can do yoga on the roof in a herb garden, revive together in double treatment rooms and take in the forest views from the massive sauna. Chef Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood’s Luke Holder do the cooking, pulling together both of their much admired signature styles, to create Hartnett Holder & Co, the hotel’s relaxed and stylish restaurant.

Limewood Hotel

Wiltshire already provides a stunning backdrop for your special day. Add this to the splendour of The Rectory Hotel and you have a laid back but beautiful, elegant countryside wedding experience done properly. Set in 3 acres of grounds in the beautiful Cotswolds Triangle, the Rectory Hotel is a great place for a country wedding escape coupled with a real foodie treat. With 12 bedrooms that are individually designed, featuring an eclectic mix of antique finds, updated with more contemporary pieces, you and your guests can celebrate, dance and relax together under one roof.

Rectory hotel

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our 20 quirky alternatives. If you missed some of the parts, no problem! Just start from Part I and work your way through the series.

For even more inspiration, have a look at our portfolio of alternative wedding venues and quirky wedding vendors (coming soon!).

We know that a good match is hard to find so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact us and we’ll tell you more about our matchmaker service for couples using the hundreds of venues and vendors in our database. We offer a personalised service to help you find venues and vendors that are just right for you, so you can create your day, your way. Get in touch today!






Contributors: Taya Riabkova and Daniela Salomon

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1 Comment on 20 Quirky Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding: Part IV

  1. Kelly
    November 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow. An adventure honeymoon. I wonder if I could get my other half to agree…