A lot of these were Irish Traveller/ Gypsy weddings that were on a pretty shameful tv series in the UK called 'my big fat gypsy wedding'. I know you might not know this, but they are a group that is very discriminated against in Europe. There is a lot of "poverty porn' about them where people like to sneer and laugh at them and their culture. More info here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/feb/25/truth-about-gypsy-traveller-life-womenI don't say this to make you feel guilty- and I am not sure if you have Irish Travellers in the US or Canada, I just think its important to not perpetuate sneery laughing at an oppressed minority.
Re: The Pastel Dream! That was what my wedding looked like back in the late 70's. My 6 BM each chose a different pastel color in the same floor length qiana knit sundresses. One BM surprised us with those same floppy hats that are pictures. She got them at the sewing supply store for $1 each. Our first dance was 'Color My World,' by Chicago. I did like a theme. The men wore brown tuxes with ruffley shirts and ties to match their partners dresses. We had even numbers. Sometimes, I cringe when I look at my wedding album. Looking at my wedding pictures reminds me not to ridicule some of the wedding trends I've read about on the TK boards. My cousin's wedding was like the rainbow bright wedding, early 80's. The long 'jewel tone' bm dresses had long puffy bishop sleeves and matching bouquets of silk flowers. My daughter was a flower girl in that wedding. She wore a long white Cinderella ball gown with a bright pink sash. I thought that wedding looked tacky. In retrospect, it was not worse than mine.