Easy like Sunday Morning…

Happy Sunday Morning all! Have you had a good week and are you making progress with your wedding plans? Here in the Budget Bride Company office, it has been all go with preparations for our first ever Budget Bride Live wedding fair. We can’t wait!

But in between booking magazine articles and talking with our lovely suppliers, we have also been checking out these bits and pieces of wedding and non-wedding related fun!


Just loving the look of the Vintage Hire here.


Listening to this song whilst on hold on the phone to one of our suppliers – what a great song to get stuck in your head – roll on Summer!!



Discovering the amazing tea pigs!


Have you got 2013 organised yet? Love this blog post with lots of free calendar downloads.


Loving the big smiles and crazy dance moves in this wedding: http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/a-highschool-romance/


Love this ‘nine things to do when you get engaged’ post 🙂


Adoring feathers incorporated into your wedding dress – what do you think of this look?


This couple look so happy, it’s hard not to smile along with this engagement shoot.


How relaxing is this?! Fireworks in reverse


Have a good week!

Laura x

Supplier Spotlight – Meet Charlotte Marie Photography



I’m really pleased to introduce one of our latest Budget Bride Company Photographers to you today. Charlotte is a Dorset based Wedding Photographer whose sense of fun and style really comes across in her photography. We love how the magic of the day is truly conveyed in Charlottes photos – you can have a look for yourself below…

Let’s meet the Lady behind the Lens…

So Charlotte, tell us a little bit more about you?

I'm Charlotte, 26, Mother of a three year old Son and have lived in Dorset most of my life. I Love photography in all aspects, I love capturing moments that may otherwise pass by.

How did you get into wedding photography?

I attended a wedding of a family friend around 4 years ago and just took the time taking photos with a standard camera throughout the day. It was only once I got a few comments of people saying how much they liked them that I thought it may be something I could concentrate on for the future. I did quite a lot of free work and built up my portfolio to get me where I am today.

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

I love being there in the moment, I love capturing the day as everyone sees it but making sure that I am part of the day as well. I feel by making myself part of the day the more natural side of people comes out and they feel comfortable enough to be normal around me. I am very honoured to have many brides tell me they forgot they had only met me once or twice and it was like having a close friend there for them all day. This to me is the most rewarding factor of the day.

What inspires you - both behind the lens and when you're not at work?

Definitely my son and my partner. Without them pushing me, I would not be as successful as I currently am. I miss out on a lot of weekends and evenings whilst being behind the camera, but with the continued support it makes it all worthwhile.

Have you got any predictions or tips for weddings in 2013?

Well 2013 is looking very busy for me already with over 20 bookings in place and some amazing venues. All I can say to any bride and grooms to be make sure you have a connection with your photographer and make sure you feel comfortable. Aside from each other you will spend the most time with your photographer.

Where is the most interesting place that you have covered a wedding?

The most interesting place has to of been Highcliffe Castle, Dorset. It is simply stunning. My most interesting wedding however was one that featured Storm Troopers and Darth Vader as guests at the church and reception.

Charlotte Marie Photography packages range from £250 for a Ceremony Only option up to £600 for the Superior Package.

To see some more of Charlotte Marie’s Photography and to read her blog, have a look at blog.charlottemariephotography.com

Easy like Sunday Morning…

Morning all! Hope that you have had a great first week of 2013! Did you get engaged over the holidays? If so – BIG congratulations to you, and I hope that you are getting excited about planning your big day 🙂


We ended 2012 and began 2013 down in Brighton (a yearly tradition!)After being completely spoiled eating at The Ginger Dog and shopping till we dropped in the Lanes, it was time to head back home to the Midlands.

It’s been a great week for all round wedding inspiration and here is our roundup of the weeks top bits…


Waking up on Saturday morning to find that The Budget Bride Company has now got over 2000 followers on Facebook – it’s great to have you with us you beautiful people!


♥  Being inspired by old school glamour… We want Marilyn Monroe hair!!


♥  New sale at Oliver Bonas – need I say anything more?!


♥  Thrilled with the fantastic suppliers that we have at our first Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair – have you booked your place yet? We can’t wait to see you there!


♥  Loving the new collection at BHS – look at this lovely dusky pink bridesmaid dress for £80



♥  Making new years resolutions including getting a dog (the office needs a mascot!) and swapping the usual glass of red wine for a Pukka Tea in January!




♥  The amazing new Budget Wedding Dress Collection from Estilo Moda – these beautiful wedding dresses start from £300.



Have a great week all!

Laura x

Brighton Wedding Inspiration

Brighton has long been one of my favourite places to visit. From my first ever mini break away at the age of 18 (we signed our names as Mr and Mrs Smith in the guest book!) through to making a habit of visiting at least once a year these days, there is something about the atmosphere, amazing shops and friendly people that I just LOVE!

So, in search of some bohemian wedding inspiration, Team Budget Bride Company made their way down to the South Coast for a few days of beach side fun!

What trip to Brighton wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Choccywoccydoodah?! This chocolate wonderland hosts some of the most incredible cake designs we have ever seen… Whilst some of the designs come in a lot pricier (what I wouldn’t give for the Las Vegas wedding cake!), you can have a Choccywoccydoodah designer wedding cake – such as this stunning orchid creation  to feed 40 guests for £199. Hurrah!


And here’s a couple of the creations we saw on our visit to the shop…






We loved wandering through The Lanes , spending our afternoons gazing at the beautiful unique engagement rings in the antique jewellery shop windows. There are more wonderful designs than you can shake a stick at - my favourites are definitely the ones including a sapphire!


And look at these beautiful white roses that got caught in an afternoon downpour!



We fell in love with the cakes at Cloud 9 – they have some great designs from £150, and the staff are so friendly!


We had a fantastic visit to Snoopers Paradise  – perfect for retro styled weddings, with plenty of vintage crockery, jewellery and even copies of Vogue from back in the early 90’s for some classic fashion inspiration. The place is enormous and you can easily spend a couple of hours snooping through the treasures!



We had a great day on The Pier on New Years Day. With a clear blue sky and warm sun, it was easy to see why it might be an idea to say ‘I Do’ there! This would make an incredibly fun and different wedding venue – just think of the photo opportunities!


Brighton is such a fantastic place; whether you are using wedding suppliers from here, holding your wedding here, or both - you will truly be spoiled for choice. Brighton – we love you!




Laura xx

And a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe…

And so we come to the last section in our series on this tradition of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. It is the part that is usually dropped from the end of the rhyme, but nonetheless it is still something worth giving a nod to on your wedding day! The thought of having a silver sixpence in your shoe may seem like a slightly odd idea, but traditionally was a symbol for future wealth and prosperity; so we say go for it!!

We absolutely love this little keepsake pin, it not only has a silver sixpence but also encompasses all of the other elements of the rhyme for good luck. You can pin it to the inside of your dress or handbag or perhaps even pin it to a ribbon round your waist if your wedding dress has one. This lovely accessory is £25 from Betty’s Glamour Box on notontheighstreet.com



As an alternative to placing the lucky sixpence in your shoe, how about wearing one on a specially made anklet instead? This one is £18.99 from The Lucky Sixpence Company



You could try customising a pair of heels to include the silver sixpence. You can buy the coin from online stores such as Silver6pence.co.uk from around £20 upwards. Then by working out your own design, you can incorporate the coin into the detailing on your shoe, or even superglue it the sole.


 Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amiefedora/4740055975/

If you want to follow the tradition completely, then you should get a silver sixpence and place it under your foot in your left shoe.
The Royal Mint sells the coins in presentation boxes for £30 that you can order online here.


Whichever elements of the tradition you decide to follow, we wish you the very best of luck on your wedding day and in your new married lives together!

Laura x

Easy like Sunday Morning…

Hope you’ve had a good week! Have you taken some time off from wedding planning to prepare for Christmas? Here at The Budget Bride Company, we have been keeping warm and ordering all of our presents online! Here’s our roundup of what we’ve been loving this week…


We absolutely adored this Big Love British Seaside wedding – looks like they had so much fun!


Waking up to a world covered in frost most of the mornings this week.


Finding out that Sainsbury’s stock mini bags of Jelly Belly’s at the kiosk!


We love this idea for a wedding invite


Found this gorgeous idea on Pinterest! Save all of the corks from your wedding reception and make them into a heart to go up on the wall. What a lovely reminder of the big day!


Have a great week all!

Laura x

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue… Part 4

I must admit, my favourite colour has been blue for as long as I can remember. I always wanted a blue sapphire engagement ring, I have always owned blue cars and my bedrooms have always been decorated in various shades of… blue! So this was always going to be a nice blog piece to write. Below, we have researched all of the wonderful ways you can incorporate Something Blue into your Wedding Day look.


Hair flowers

I love the idea of winding some pretty blue silk flowers through your hair. You can keep your hair loose, with some flowers wound in at the side, or if you are having an up do, pin them up into the style. With lots of outlets to buy silk or faux flowers from, you can choose the exact shade and flower to work with the rest of your look. Try Dunelm Mill or JustArtificial.co.uk




Are you a drop earring or stud earring kind of girl? Wearing simple pearl studs can be a good idea for your wedding day – simple and understated, they won’t detract from your wedding hair and makeup. However, a small flash of colour on your earrings can look gorgeous. We absolutely adore these delicate Kalila Earrings from Oliver Bonas for £9



Mascara / coloured makeup

Blue mascara is so flattering on almost all skin tones. Keep it bang up to date (and avoid any 80’s nightmares!) by using Blinc Dark Blue Mascara £15.75 from feelunique.com or Max Factor Eye Brightening mascara in Blue for £6.99



Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/musicsthename/6173405813/



Are you going to be wearing a necklace on your wedding day? By wearing a necklace incorporating the colour blue, you can go for a big chunky statement piece, or something pretty and delicate like this 70’s Delicate Blue Gem Necklace from Bohemian Rose Vintage for £10.

We also love this Blue Floral Pinwheel necklace by Matin Lapin on notonthehighstreet.com for £11.




Do you prefer charm bracelets or slinky bangles? Work Something Blue on your wrist with this beautiful silk twine Ju Ju Triple Star Bracelet, £16 from Oliver Bonas.


Nail varnish

This is an easy, no fuss way to use blue on your wedding day. Whether you do your own nails or get them done professionally, choose your colour carefully – are you going to go for midnight blue or a bright sky blue?

We are seriously in love with this blue nail varnish duo from Ted Baker at Boots for £8.50.



Want to keep warm on your way to the ceremony and are daring to flash a bit of colour? We were pretty much blown away with this incredible Marabou Ostrich Feather Shrug for £85 from Euphoria.


With Swarovski pearls and crystals, this delicate tiara is £46.80 inclusive of P&P from Flutterby Weddings. I especially love the little heart worked into the detailing!




There are so many beautiful blue flowers that you can choose from to go into your bouquet. Ask for miniature irises, Blue delphiniums or grape-hyacinth and you can mix them in with your other blooms to make a gorgeous bunch.



Kate Middleton opted for a hint of blue ribbon sewn into her wedding gown, but would you want to be equally as discreet or perhaps go for a bolder blue ribbon around your waist or even a blue wedding dress?

This elegant number is £159.44 from www.lightinthebox.com



We love the silhouette of this Ghost Dress in Tiffany Blue - £195 at John Lewis.



Every girl loves new underwear, right? Treat yourself (and your newlywed!) with these beautiful pieces of blue wedding lingerie.

This sky blue and charcoal bra is £38 from Elle Macpherson at Figleaves. The matching briefs are £25

This lacy blue bra is £7 from H&M and the matching briefs are £4.99.


And last, but by no means least are our Something Blue Shoe options! As you have probably noticed, we love a good colour splash here at The Budget Bride Company and the glimpse of a fabulous pair of blue shoes to round off your look would certainly get a round of applause from us!

These strappy blue sandals are £42 from ASOS


Or you could go all out glam with these super sparkly peep toes from Red Herring at Debenhams for £18.


We would love to know what your Something Blue is going to be! Are you going subtle or all out for a blue colour scheme?

Laura x

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Hope that you have had a great week and are enjoying your Christmas shopping! Are you going to be putting your wedding planning on hold over the holidays? Or are you actually going to be getting married over Christmas and the New Year? On our Facebook Poll this week, there was a completely even split over who preferred Winter or Summer to get married. If you’re getting married this season, hope you’re enjoying every minute of your planning!

Here is a roundup of what we have been up to, talking about and looking at here at Budget Bride Company HQ this week!

Reading the gorgeous Stardust by Neil Gaiman – and then watching the film. Perfect Winter afternoon entertainment.



This wonderful Budget Wedding (I have a little tear!!)


Discovering the beautiful Look Darling Wedding dress boutique . This ‘Madelein’ Wedding Dress is £525!


This interesting post on pre-selling your wedding dress.


This gorgeous wedding.


These great tips for saving money on your Christmas Shopping!


Remembering the Summer with this beautiful wedding post.


Stolland cake mini bites from Costa – uh-ma-zing!!!


Re-discovering our love for Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food Ice cream!



Have a great week all!

Laura x

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – Part Three

We started off this series of blog posts on the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on your wedding day. Today we are going to be looking at some ideas for what to Borrow as part of the tradition.

Something Borrowed… 

We all know that Kate Middleton borrowed the Queen’s Tiara (a 1930’s Cartier Halo tiara no less) for her Something Borrowed on the Royal Wedding day, but that might not be so easy for the rest of us… Choosing what to wear for your Something Borrowed will probably involve you going to your close family and friends and choosing the right item to fit with your wedding day look. Below are some Budget Bride Company suggestions to help you on your way!



Borrowing your wedding dress from a similarly sized relative or friend will not only be massively flattering to the person who has lent you the dress, but it will save you a massive chunk of your wedding budget. Make sure that you try on the dress and that any necessary alterations can be made in good time by a reputable seamstress. And as you are going to be saving so much money by borrowing your wedding dress, make sure that you splash out and treat yourself to some amazing new jewellery or shoes for your big day!

Another alternative would be to hire your wedding dress. This is a fantastic cost effective way to get the gown you want for the big day and will be a great way to encompass your Something Borrowed.

Going to a Vintage Bridal Boutique such as Abigails Vintage means that you can ‘borrow’ your dress from another decade whilst getting yourself a dream wedding gown! Prices rom £300.




Borrowing a gorgeous necklace from a loved one is a great idea. You can go vintage and interesting by borrowing from an older family member or perhaps more modern and simple from a younger sister or friend. Make sure that your necklace is flattering and that it sits well on the neckline or strap lines of your wedding dress.



Are you planning on wearing a veil for your wedding day? Veils can add a sophisticated edge to your look and a veil borrowed can be great idea. Pair it with a beautifully embellished comb or tiara to add some glamour.



Photo Credit:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/junebugweddings/1218457350/



Tiaras can be the finishing touch to your wedding day look. A crowning glory, they show off your wedding day hair and genuinely make you feel more ‘Bride’ than any other accessory (apart from maybe the ring)! See if one of your recently married friends has a gorgeous tiara that you can borrow, or again have a nod to decades goneby by opting for an older piece.



Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/burrsandberries/5779393936/



This is a tricky one – but possible! To find a beautiful pair of shoes to borrow for your wedding day that both fit comfortably and look fantastic with your wedding dress may be a challenge but if you are lucky, it is a possibility! Are you aiming for strappy, peep toe or court shoes? Do you want colourful or classic? Make sure that you give the shoes a test run by walking around in them for a day to ensure they fit well and will carry you through your full wedding day without blisters!


Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rowenarants/4675175899/



Borrowing a beautiful handbag for your wedding day will be both useful and an asset to your outfit! Are you thinking of a clutch bag? Something simple and monocolour or something to contrast with your dress with lots of embellishment? The great thing with borrowing a wedding day handbag is that it doesn’t strictly have to be from a wedding – you can go for any colour or material that you like which opens up your possibilities!


Photo Credit:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/tzofia/231870201/


Silk Flowers

Silk flowers for wedding bouquets are very much on their way back in! First popular decades ago, silk wedding flowers are now becoming the choice for a lot of brides due to the fact that they are guaranteed to keep their shape throughout the day and you have the option to keep them to remind you of the day in years to come! Perhaps your Mum had silk flowers for her wedding? You could borrow the full bouquet, or pinch one of the blooms from it, to add to your own bouquet.

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/naguo/4331421253/


Most importantly, using Something Borrowed on your wedding day reinforces those bonds between you and your family and friends. Enjoy this time choosing what to borrow and make sure you let the person who you have borrowed from know how much it means to you.


We would love to know what you will be borrowing on your wedding day – have you decided yet?


Laura xx

Easy like Sunday Morning…

It’s getting chilly and we are now on the official countdown to Christmas!! Here’s what we’ve been checking out, lusting after and dreaming of this week…


Writing Christmas Wish Lists – thank goodness for ebay and Amazon!


Loving Winter Wedding themes. Look at this beautiful wedding in the snow: http://greenweddingshoes.com/a-snowy-winter-wedding-kezia-ashton/


Loving all of the flash sales that have been on this week (hello Cath Kidston and Accessorize!!)


Longing to take a December mini break here: http://www.transun.co.uk/festive-lights



Looking forward to The Hobbit coming out at the cinema! Do you remember when Martin Freeman was in The Office?!



Thinking about Winter Wedding Gowns – what do you think of this gorgeous dress in red? £149.99 from




Making up our first batch of mulled wine!




Have a great week all!

Laura x