How to Have a Very Hipster Wedding

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Hipsters might be poked fun at in the press and online but what people forget is that they are pretty stylish, so stylish in fact that everyone just can't stop talking about them. So, if you and your graphic designer husband/wife-to-be are planning a totally hipster themed wedding featuring enough floral crowns for a Florence and the Machine music video, then follow these simple steps...
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1. The Invitations

Those Save the Date cards can be so bland, so embrace the hipster in you and send out a simple business card invitation featuring a website address that guests need to visit to get all the information they need. It's interesting and interactive! 

On this website they will find the venue, the date, links to the hotel booking site, a heavily filtered photo of the two of you looking happy, and of course your Instagram hashtag (#jackandjillsbigday #jandjwedding #weddingselfie). Just be sure to make some separate invitations for your grandparents, that don't involve computers and fonts so thin they make you squint.
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2. The Venue

The venue can make or break your hipster theme, so for after your nuptials at the church or registry office, it is your mission to find a reception venue so alternative and unusual no one will have ever thought it up.

You could just put a massive marquee up on your uncle's giant plot of land, line up some BBQs and throw down some bean bags for guests to lounge on, before the live band starts later. You're far too laid back and alternative for a posh sit down meal, plus your homemade, organic, vegan potato salad needs to be tried by all. Regardless, the venue is an essential part of wedding planning that should be sorted well in advance.

If you don't have a family member with a huge field to party on, then plan to have the reception at your own home, rent out a bowling alley or even a dinosaur museum. 
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Top Tip: Beards

Beards must be present at every hipster wedding. Goatees or big bushy face accessories, encourage all the men to grow their best beard for your big day to really make those wedding pictures look as hipster as possible. If the guy also has a man bun and waxed moustache, even better. 
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3. The Dress

No hipster wedding would be the same without an alternative style wedding dress and some interesting tie choices for the groom and his men. Scour vintage shops for a second hand  garment you can have altered to fit. Plenty of lace, a long skirt and a floral crown on top should give you the perfect Hipster Queen look.

For the guys opt for bright bow ties, either featuring a pattern representing something you love or just bright colours. No one wants stuffy black and white on their wedding day really. Also encourage all the men to grow beards. Bridesmaids need to be ideally glammed up in pastel colours and mismatch style dresses
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4. The Flowers

You might believe that the flowers must match the wedding theme, but this is an extremely non-hipster way of thinking. 

Your flowers should be as unusual and creative as possible, so why not use succulents in your bouquet - you could even plant them afterwards as a lasting reminder of the day. Or you could not have real flowers at all, feathers, fake butterflies, paper flowers or even haberdashery items can look great and striking in the photographs. 
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Top Tip: Unusual Boutonnieres

Roses are nice and everything but as a hipster you should get crafty with your boutonnieres and have them reflect something the wearer enjoys. Superhero figurines, LEGO, simple pin badges, tiny dinosaurs and even small framed pictures will turn heads and start conversations. 
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5. The Food

Let's be honest, food is one of the main reasons guests attend weddings. A free meal will always bring those estranged family members out of the wood
work - the tab on the bar might also be part of it.

If you really want to sit down for a three course meal ensure it offers all vegan friendly, organic dishes and caters for your best friend's vegan, gluten, lactose, wheat free diet.

Like the BBQ suggested before, hipsters love a more casual affair, so why not hire a few food vans to turn up and dish out everything from greasy burgers to fish and chips to noodles and veggie dishes? You could even have an ice-cream van come and serve up Mr Whippy's to guests, after they've had a dance and worked off dinner. 
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Top Tip: Mason Jars

Mason jars really are having their moment (a never ending moment). Are they designed to hold your homemade preserves or are they really perfect glasses for your cocktails? Obviously the latter. Only serve up drinks in mason jars to really capture the hipster vibe.

Just look on Pinterest for some organic cocktail recipes and your sorted. Mason jars are also great for the table decorations which feature those strange and unusual cabbage flowers grown in your nanna's allotment. 
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6. The Cake

These days wedding cakes are no longer the traditional fruit variety, thickly coated with white marzipan icing. Oh no, hipsters have taken the wedding cake and made it their own. Naked cakes are a popular choice, which are basically sponge cakes, thinly stacked into tiers with cream and dusted with icing sugar. 

Individual cakes are also well received and allow people, who actually want to eat cake, take a single serving. Cupcakes, muffins, doughnuts and even waffles work great (with an accompanying table featuring syrup and toppings), it all depends on you and your partner's tastes and style. 

Alternatively, cheese works great as a wedding cake. Wheels of your favourite cheese, stacked on top of each other with crackers and butter to accompany them, look great and will get guests talking. 
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7. The Entertainment

Every hipster wedding reception must include a ukulele band, ideally fronted by the groom himself or his best man. This band must do folk covers of well-known songs and a guy on a tambourine should pop up every now and then. Alternatively, you could just have a DJ playing Cults, FKA Twigs and Tei Shi all evening. 

Entertainment doesn't just have to be about the dance floor though, keep guests happy with a photo booth with props - a classic hipster wedding requirement. Most people opt for moustaches and lips on sticks for guests to use to take funny photos, but you can get creative and make your own with speech bubbles or masks of your favourite fictional characters. A personalised Instagram polaroid prop is also a fun idea and ties in nicely with that hashtag you begged everyone to use as they arrived. 

A bouncy castle will also always go down well. 
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Top Tip: Bicycles

All hipsters ride bicycles, right? It's because they want to be as green and eco-friendly as possible. Or vintage bicycles just look cool. But either way, they should be included in the wedding somewhere and preferably in vintage Victorian styles with baskets.

Use them as decoration, as a cake topper or as an awkward mode of transport from the church. You could also speak to a company such as Andy's Ice Cream or Cafe Bon Bon about hiring one of their ice cream bicycle carts. 
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8. The Favours

Wedding favours are a little special something for guests to take away with them at the end of the day. Most brides just wrap up sweets but hipsters like to get a little more creative. 

A mix tape (CD) is a good way of giving guests a little physical memory of your day, put all the songs on your wedding playlist on there for them to enjoy at a later date. If you really want to be hipster use actual tape cassettes (because your hipster friends will definitely still own tape players).  Another simple but effective wedding favour is for someone to go round your wedding taking instant Polaroid pictures of groups of guests to take home with them. 

If you're a dab hand in the kitchen then why not make up little pots of homemade jam or mini cupcakes in...you've guessed it...mini mason jars? Homemade biscuits, with you and your partner's names stamped on, also work great. Simply wrap them up in cellophane, tie with ribbon and leave them next to the place names on the table. 

So now you're ready to have the most hipster wedding ever, it's time to scout that vintage shop for your dress, get the beard oil out for the groom's facial hair and start playing with fonts for your invitation website. Happy hipster wedding! 
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