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Surrounded by friends and plenty of (hopefully free) drinks, weddings are always fun - but these take them to the next level.
By
Bianca Soldani

24 May 2016 - 1:52 PM  UPDATED 24 May 2016 - 1:52 PM

Star Wars

You may think that an elaborate, costume-filled wedding like this would break the bank. Not so.

Californians Krystel and Earle Doudera pulled off their nuptials within a tight budget of $6900 ($US5000)

Held in the backyard of their new home, the force was strong with a Death Star cake, flower arrangements put together by Krystel’s mother and aunt, and a choreographed light-saber battle between their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

“Filipinos love tradition, but they weren't really against it, they were just unsure why I chose it," 23-year-old Krystel tells Huffington Post. "But they really loved that we ended up buying a house, so they were happy at the end of the day."

The pair are high school sweethearts and have been together for eight years.

The Lord of the Rings

A backyard garden in southwest England was transformed into Middle Earth last July for Amy Gander and Will Grant’s wedding.

Lord of the Rings fan Will dressed up as hero Frodo Baggins while his bride was the elegant Lady Galadriel. 

The celebrant was decked out as wizard Gandalf the Grey - and an eagle delivered the rings.

Guests were encouraged to come in costume and the garden was fitted out with hobbit-hole doors, a tiny boat inscribed with the words “there and back again” and an elf bar.

 

Game of Thrones 

English couple Darren Prew and Kerry Ford took their love of Game of Thrones to new heights when they used it as the theme for their 2014 wedding.

The bride dressed in blue as Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons, while the groom had two huskies in tow as Jon Snow. They tied the knot at the suitably dramatic Eastnor Castle, with a bridal party consisting of a White Walker, Ygritte, Hodor, Brienne of Tarth and Khal Drogo.

The day was organised through a competition run by Blinkbox Movies, who captured on a clip the 50 hours of costume and make-up preparation.

Kerry tells BuzzFeed, “I was on Facebook one evening and I saw an ad seeking couples to marry Game of Thrones-style. I mentioned it to Darren. I said, ‘Who on earth would do that?’ Little did I know that he then went online and applied — without telling me!”

 

Harry Potter

There was magic in the air at northern English couple Cassie and Lewis Byrom's wedding day, thanks to the Hogwarts-themed ceremony at Manchester's Midland Hotel.

Cassie wore stilettos embellished with the houses of Gryffindor and Slytherin, held a bouquet made of folded parchment and made 130 wands by hand for their guests.

According to Lewis, Harry Potter wasn’t their first idea as he tells the Daily Mail, “Cassie originally wanted an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding.

“When I suggested a Harry Potter theme she was thrilled. I love the films, but Cassie's definitely the biggest Harry Potter fan I know. She must have watched the films at least 30 times.”

They had become engaged at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida.

Shrek

Closer to home, Queensland residents Debra Mundy and Mervin Rider tied the knot last year after seeing green - in the best possible way.

After 23 years together (and multiple proposals on Mervin's part), the pair decided to lean on the nicknames their children gave them and dressed up as Princess Fiona and Shrek.

They were married with sidekick Donkey by their side at their family home, after Debra had made a grand entrance in a horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by her two sons dressed as knights in shining armour.

"My father thought I was crazy," Debra tells A Current Affair, "and when the actual ceremony had finished he came up to me and said job well done, you have pulled this off.

"We wanted to do something a little crazy and quirky, it just makes it even more fun and spruces up our relationship."