A couple got married wearing jeans and t-shirts in a bid to prove that weddings don’t have to be expensive and you don’t have to please other people.
Rebecca Maxwell, 26, from Northumberland and her husband Glen Maxwell,30, donned ‘bride and groom’ t-shirts, jeans and trainers for their big day.
The couple reportedly wore the outfits for both their reception and ceremony to show they didn’t need a dress and suit for their big day to be special.
Rebecca said: ‘When we were planning our wedding, we started doing everything to please other people.
Our guest list was getting out of hand. You feel like you have to invite people because you don’t want to upset them rather than because you want them there.
‘We had spent hours looking through Pinterest at all the dresses, cakes and decorations and you do get sucked in.
‘But at the end of the day, Glen and I just really weren’t bothered about all of that.
Rebecca and Glen, who have a nine-month-old daughter Eleanor, got engaged in August 2016. The couple only prefer casual days and have never enjoyed lavish holidays or date nights.
I had even bought a wedding dress but after having Eleanor I went to try it on again and I ended up crying. It just was not what I wanted at all’ Rebecca added.
‘I felt like I had lost sight of why I was getting married. It was like I was trying to get married like Pinterest had told me to get married.
‘Glen made a flippant comment, saying “we could get married in jeans and t-shirts and I’d still love you” and that was that.
‘Me and my husband, we just like simple things. We don’t like big holidays and fancy nights out. We just love each other’s company.
Further speaking on their simple wedding, Rebecca said, ‘What was special was that we were going to join together and I was going to have the same surname as my little girl. A big dress or fancy day, that all paled into insignificance.
‘I want to show other brides that if they don’t have a big budget, it doesn’t matter. They don’t have to spend a fortune or put all that pressure on themselves.
‘As long as you marry the person you love, surrounded by people you love, your day will be special.
‘Me and my husband are still married just like all those people who are in £20,000 debt. I do really believe that so many people lose sight of the real reasons to get married.
‘It becomes like a big expensive show, a production for everyone else and the real reasons are lost in all that.
‘It should be about how in love you are. I don’t know anyone who gets married just because they think their partner is alright.’