Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – Part 2

Last week, 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. You can catch up with the Something Old post here and today we go on to have a look at my personal favourite – something new!

 

Part Two – Something New…

Finding your Something New to wear on your wedding day should be a complete treat! If you have time on your side, you can pull together lists of your favourite things to choose from, or save pictures on your Pinterest  page from all of the different catalogues or websites that you have been checking through.

 

I think the best Something New that we could start with is probably the most obvious one; your Wedding Dress! We absolutely adore this Trudy Lee knee length taffeta dress from Calm Weddings for £500

 

Jewellery is another great area to incorporate Something New into your look. Perhaps your beau is planning on buying you something new to wear on the wedding day? How about hinting for this stunning pair of handmade cluster pearl earrings from the gorgeous Supernova Gold - £23

 

Are you going to be investing a gorgeous new pair of shoes to complete your outfit? Choose a fantastic pair that will be both glamorous and comfortable on the day. And if you are able to dress them down to wear again perhaps with a pair of jeans another time, then all the better justification for buying a new pair for the big day!! We’ve fallen in love with these Jenny Pacham Peep Toes for £35 from Debenhams.

 

Is your wedding hair do going to be up or down? We love this pretty daisy hairclip; with a Swarovski crystal centre, it will add a gorgeous bit of sparkle to your wedding hair style at £10.80 from Flutterby Weddings.

 

There is nothing quite like the luxury of indulging in new makeup! Going to a makeup counter can be a great idea as you will benefit from the assistants knowledge. You might be able to get a free makeover along with some expert advice on how to apply the makeup. You can also ask for guidance on what colours will work best with your skin tone and the colours you are planning to wear on your wedding day. It is also worth checking out on-line tutorials like the Beauty School at Benefit to get some inspiration on colours and how to apply. For the best prices, shop around on-line on sites such as Pique Perfumes and The Cosmetic House.

 

Do you want to make sure you make it to the church on time? A brand new watch will be a lovely reminder of your wedding day that you can wear every day after the big day if you want to! We love this delicate stone set silver watch by Oasis for £19.99.

I hope you are enjoying shopping for your Something New… Let us know what you will be including with your wedding day outfit!

 

Laura xx

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Hope that you have all had a great week. Here are some of our favourite Budget Bride Company highlights from the past few days!

 

Looking forward to Pride and Prejudice coming out at the cinema! Classic story, vintage glamour and a fantastic cast.

 

Going a little bit crazy with online shopping at Oliver Bonas, it’s sale time, so it’s ok, right?!

 

Lusting after booking a winter holiday here!

 

Looking forward to a Friday evening treat with this Nigella recipe.

 

Day dreaming about this wedding dress: £107.24 from Jen jen House.

 

Wishing we were down in Brighton for the Oh My Honey 2013 Wedding Dress Collection launch!

 

Have a great week all!

Laura x

Introducing Budget Bride Live Wedding Fairs

An invitation to Save the Date! First Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair confirmed…

 

Here at The Budget Bride Company Office, there has been talk of very little else for the past month. We are so excited to confirm that you can now book on to attend our very first Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair, taking place on Sunday 10th February from 11am to 3pm at Diana’s Health Club, Wellingborough, East Midlands Region.

You can pre-book your place for free admission, a goody bag and a glass of bucks fizz here: http://www.budgetbridecompany.co.uk/#/wedding-fairs/4570979712

 

Grab your bridal party and make sure that you Save the Date for a fantastic Wedding Fair showcasing some of the best quality, budget friendly suppliers in the area.

So, what can you expect on the day? We are going to take over the entire venue at Diana’s Health Club, so this means that you get room after room full of fantastic suppliers to help you decide on everything you need for your wedding day. Whether you are looking to secure a fantastic photographer, the right company to make you an incredible cake, or for the wedding dress of your dreams, we have the wedding suppliers to help you.

On arrival at Diana’s, you will be greeted with a glass of bucks fizz to enjoy as well as your goody bag. You will then be free to wander at your leisure through the venue to explore our different zones:

 

The Ruby Lounge: View this lovely venue as it could look for your wedding reception. With bar, dance floor and a view over the pool, the Ruby Lounge makes the ideal location to hold your wedding celebrations. Meet with our fantastic suppliers and view the fashion shows and bridal catwalks that will take place throughout the day.

 

The Classic Suite: Your opportunity to meet with some of the best local suppliers, in a relaxed atmosphere. From wedding favours to fabulous flowers, this will be an excellent opportunity to get inspired with some help from the experts!

 

The Vintage Zone: Step into our Vintage Wedding Zone and be transported to your perfect wedding day full of all those retro touches that could make it so special! Do you dream of pretty bunting, antique crockery and art deco dresses? A visit to the Vintage Zone will be a must!

 

The Boudoir Bridal Zone: We all know that it’s all about the bride on the big day! The Boudoir Zone will be dedicated to all things pretty for your wedding day – whether you are looking for a wedding hair and beauty specialist, some luxurious bridal lingerie or to book your hen do in for pamper evening, this is the zone for you.

 

The Children Zone: Will you be having lots of younger guests at your wedding? Choosing the right children’s entertainment is so important, and in this area you will be able to meet with the suppliers who can help you! Whether you are thinking of face painting or magicians, having children’s entertainment at your wedding will mean you keep both your younger and older guests happy!

 

There will be more zones confirmed shortly – keep an eye on the Wedding Fair Page for the most up to date information.

 

Our aim at The Budget Bride Company has always been to bring quality wedding suppliers to brides who have a tight budget to stick to for their wedding day. You want to enjoy every minute of preparing for your big day and our wedding suppliers can help you do just that. They understand that you want quality services for your wedding day and that you don’t have a limitless budget to achieve that.

 

Our Budget Bride Live Wedding Fairs are going to be vibrant events full of inspiration. We will be waiting to welcome you for an amazing day and can’t wait to help you choose the right wedding companies to work with to make your dreams come true on the budget you have set.

 

You can book your place here –http://www.budgetbridecompany.co.uk/#/wedding-fairs/4570979712  don’t forget to check back regularly for updates on who is going to be there. Look forward to seeing you then!

 

Love from The Budget Bride Company xxx

Easy Like Sunday Morning

We’ve had a busy week here in the Budget Bride Company Office – here are a few of our favourite things from the week just gone!

 

Confirming our first Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair! We’re so excited to release all of the details and you can book your place here: http://www.budgetbridecompany.co.uk/#/wedding-fairs/4570979712 Can’t wait to see you there!

 

This blog post I found on 80’s weddings – funny and so so true!! http://underthevintageveil.com/2012/10/why-i-hate-eighties-weddings-an-opinion-piece-by-meryl/

 

Rachel’s Organic Yoghurt – Rhubarb Flavour. Try and not finish a whole tub in one sitting – it’s difficult!

 

 

Looking forward to Homelands on Channel 4 on Sunday Evening – it just gets better and better.

 

One of our Brides to Be told us about the incredible Oh My Honey, based in Brighton this week. Stunning 50’s inspired wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. We love this site a lot!

 

We loved reading about this £600 wedding, featured on Rocknroll bride.

We’re all dancing to the music from the Ikea ‘friends’ advert – amazing full length version here!

 

Looking at the gorgeous wedding dresses under £500 at The Bridal Showrooms – why should you pay more? More on this amazing boutique soon…

Lusting after these lovely silk wedding flowers from Faux Flower Design.

 

Long Autumn Walks and kicking through the leaves.

 

Staying in and watching I’m a celeb!

 

Have a great week all!

Laura x

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – Part 1

Over the next five weeks, we are going to be looking at that tradition of wearing Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (and a Silver Sixpence in your Shoe!) on your wedding day. We thought it would be a good idea to find some inspiration and give you a Budget Bride Company guide on what to wear and where to find it…

Something Old...

Have you spoken with your family or friends about what they wore on their wedding day? It might be that they have just the thing to let you use as your Something Old on your big day! Have a chat with your Mum, Grandmother or to be Mother-in-law and find out if they might have anything suitable. We’re not necessarily talking about the whole wedding dress, but is there a necklace or tiara or maybe even a veil that could be your Something Old? With the current trends for vintage being so strong, this could be an ideal way to work this style into your wedding day look.

 Photo credit: JuneBugWeddings.com / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

 

Customise your bouquet… We love the idea of button bouquets here at The Budget Bride Company and there is a great opportunity here to have lots of fun creating your bouquet and working the Something Old theming into it. Start early and decide on your colour scheme first – do you want to go for one bold colour with hints of a complimenting colour alongside? Are you going to go with pastels? Whatever your colour theme, you can start looking for buttons, brooches and gems to go into your bouquet  as far in advance as possible. This way, you can scour car boot sales, eBay and charity shops to get hold of the materials that you need. Another fun way to work Something Old into your bouquet would be to purchase some vintage lace or to use some old ribbon to wind between your blooms – have a chat with your wedding florist to find out how this could work.

 

Photo credit: Castaway in Scotland / Foter / CC BY-NC

 

 

Finding a vintage purse or handbag to match or compliment your wedding dress would be a great look. This is a functional and useful way to work Something Old into your wedding day. Again, a great opportunity to go bargain hunting at car boot sales or rummaging in charity shops, you’ll never know what you might find. Another favourite is the Etsy Vintage Category where you can find beauties like this for a snip!

 

http://www.etsy.com/browse/vintage-category/bags-and-purses

 

 

If you are wearing a strapless wedding dress, try going for a vintage clutch bag – the lack of a bag strap will not detract from the line of your wedding dress.

 

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/annabelfarleyphotography/6823798633/

 

Vintage charms are also a very cute idea. You can find vintage charms from sites such as http://www.antiquesavenue.co.uk/antique-charms-213-c.asp and can end up with something really unusual from about £24.

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahcardwell/5323293319/

 

Have you thought about how you would like to wear your hair on the big day? Old hair pins can be beautifully ornate and look fantastic. This original vintage crystal hairpin dates back to the 1950’s – absolutely beautiful at £47: http://www.cloehedger.com/products/vintage-crystal-wedding-hair-pin/#.UKO0hIe6d31

Or for some real unique bargains, try typing ‘Art Deco Vintage Hair’ into Ebay and just look at the treasure trove of original pieces that come up – a lot of them for under £20!

We would love to know what your Something Old will be – let us know about any gorgeous antique or retro pieces you will be using!

 

Laura xx

Budget Beautiful Wedding Shoes

It’s no secret that shoes in general are one of my favourite things in the world. My love affair started in the pram, and as my Mum can testify, my very first word was ‘Shoe’! I then remember getting a pair of Clarkes ‘Magic Steps’ when I was about seven years old – I truly believed that I was the girl in the ad! Remember this?!

 

 

Growing up, my love affair with shoes has carried me through first purple, then black and finally flower covered Doc Martens, Adidas Shell Toe trainers, through to fake croc skin loafers and now my absolute favourite – Irregular Choice shoes. I have always been on the hunt for a great deal and will happily scour the internet for hours to find the best deal if there is a specific pair that I just HAVE to have in my life.

Did I mention my love for fake animal print and online bargains?! Here is a selection of some of the favourites from my own collection…

 

 

It’s so important to get your wedding shoes right. You have to take look, feel and price into consideration. As a massive flatty fan, I love the thought of rocking a pair of beautiful white pumps or perhaps a pair with a nice kitten heel. White wellington boots if you’re getting married in a rainy month (hold on – isn’t that all year round in the UK?!) are a great kooky look!

 

It is so frustrating though, when every pair of wedding shoes that you come across have a ridiculously high price tag. You need beautiful (and preferably comfortable!) wedding shoes that you make you feel like a princess (but maybe not the one from the Magic Steps ad!!) that will leave you with plenty of wedding budget to spend on other elements of your big day.

 

For that reason, we have searched the web high and low for you and have found these absolute gems – all for £50 and under. Hope you love them as much as we do.

 

These beautiful cross strap heels have something of the Art Deco about them. I love the pearl and crystal detail. £50 from With a Touch of Sparkle Budget Collection.

These rhinestone detail wedges are amazing! I’m a big fan of wedges due to the comfort factor whilst keeping some height. These beauties are currently on sale with Light in the Box for £19.28 (usual price £41.79).

 

 

These snub toe court shoes are classic and classy and would pair well with a more detailed dress. At £30 from Next, you can’t go wrong.

 

Are you going for a prom style knee length wedding dress? These gorgeous patent red heels would really make a statement. £40 from Schuh.

 

 

If it’s flats you’re looking for, you’ve just got to love these Ballerina style shoes. The lace detail is so pretty and check out that bow! £40 from Not On The Highstreet.Com

 

Wow, these quirky purple Converse sneakers would be a real talking point! Colour flashes are always so great to see! £45 from Bank Fashion.

 

 

We would love to know about your wedding shoes – have you bought yours yet or are you still looking for the perfect pair? We’d love to share shoe stories!!

Love from Laura xx

Supplier Spotlight – Meet Jo Richards Photography

Here at The Budget Bride Company, we know exactly how important it is to choose the right photographer for your wedding day. This is the wedding supplier who you will really want to connect with; if they ‘get’ you – your humour, your vision for the day, your style - then you will be en route to getting fantastic wedding photos that truly capture the mood of the day…

I’m so pleased to be featuring a Supplier Spotlight on Jo Richards Photography today. Based in the South East, Jo is a passionate and dedicated wedding photographer whose sense of fun and attention to detail make her a big hit with couples planning their wedding days. We had ten minutes with Jo to find out a bit more about what inspires her, both in front of and behind the camera…

 

 

 

Can you tell us a little bit about you?

I have been photographing weddings for approximately 15 years now. I love photography, art, music and all things creative. I live in Berkshire with my husband and 2 ½ year old daughter. I recently returned from Australia, where we lived for 3 ½ years and have thoroughly enjoyed shooting English weddings again.

I also run a handmade gift company where I put my sewing skills to good use!

 

 

 

How did you get into wedding photography?

I graduated from art college in 1999 and trained for a year assisting on weddings with a very good friend of mine who had been in the wedding industry for a number of years. She helped me gain the confidence to go it alone and find my own style and I haven’t looked back since. I went back to do my photography degree in 2003 and it gave a whole new dimension to my wedding photography and I have learned a lot within the industry since then.

 

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding photographer?

Being part of someone’s special day is an amazing honour. Being taken into the inner circle of their family is wonderful and you really get to build some great relationships with your clients. They trust you implicitly and it’s a big responsibility. You must be passionate about shooting weddings to capture what it really means. The people make it all worth it!

 

 

 

 

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

Nature inspires a lot of what I do creatively. Colours and textures, light and dark. Other people’s work also. I think any talent should be praised, and am always looking to others creativity to boost my enthusiasm. I do, however, think that people are the greatest inspiration for any photographic work, particularly wedding and portrait work. To be faced with a real character when shooting people is a treat. Capturing that personality on film is a huge achievement.

 

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

The vintage vibe is still going strong and with the media encouraging us to upcycle and recycle I think that there will be more and more ‘home-made’ weddings next season with a lot of really personalized elements. I think it makes for a much more interesting and meaningful day when you have put so much heart and soul into it all.

 

 

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

I recently shot a wedding on a beautiful deserted beach in Noosa in Queensland, Australia. I spent 3 ½ years in Australia shooting weddings and this was absolutely magical. Not only because of the amazing setting, but because it was a friend from school who I hadn’t seen for around 18 years and the atmosphere was something really special. They had created their very own aisle on the beach and the sun shone for the service right on cue, with a downpour to follow once we were finished! Having said that, for me, you just can’t beat a truly traditional English Country Manor House or hotel.  There’s something stunning about such an imposing venue.

 

 

Jo offers a fantastic wedding photography package covering the Bride’s preparations all the way through to the wedding breakfast from £845 with a 10% discount for Budget Bride Company readers.

 

 

To find out more about Jo Richards and to have a look through her wedding photography gallery,  have a look at www.jorichardsphotography.com or call for a chat about your plans on 07710 512935.

 

Laura xx

Top Five Wedding Reception Money Saving Tips

When you've organised, paid for, and participated in your wedding ceremony, you will want your reception to run as smoothly (and as cheaply!) as possible. To assist you with your planning, some of these tips (provided by Gregory Pennington) could help…

 

Choose an inexpensive wedding venue

Venues that are tailored specifically towards weddings can be expensive, and will typically charge you per head for your reception. Many venues also insist on providing the catering, sometimes tying you in with their preferred catering company.

It may therefore be cheaper to choose an alternative type of venue to hold your reception. You could look into local pubs, village halls or even (if the weather allows) holding your reception outdoors in a marquee! This will mean that you are in charge of the suppliers that you use and this can give you more control over where you are spending your wedding reception budget.

 

 

The food

Not everyone expects a three-course sit-down meal when they are guests at a wedding reception. It's likely that a tasteful buffet, with a wide variety of foods and some more filling options will be a great cost saving solution.

Your guests will be able to serve themselves (which cuts down on the cost of having waiting staff) and they will be able to take as much or as little food as they like. It doesn't have to all be cold dishes either; you could ask your family and friends to chip in to make a large pots of curry, chile or pasta dishes to share on the buffet table.

 

Skip the free bar

Having a free bar is a wonderful and very generous gesture, but most of your guests will come fully prepared to pay for their drinks. If having a free bar is really important to you, consider limiting it to a certain timespan - or a certain number of beverages per guest.

 

 

Entertainment

If you are going to be having a lot of guests at your reception, it is quite likely that at least one of them will know of a good wedding band or DJ. Why not make the most of this and find out if you can set up a discounted rate for the entertainment? Or even better, perhaps one of your close friends is a talented entertainer and would be able to provide their services as their wedding gift to you! It is always worth asking…

 

 

Limit your guest list

It’s easy to get carried away when drawing up your guest list for your evening reception. This is the time to be super strict with yourself and really only invite the people that you want to be there. It’s too easy to end up inviting your Mum’s best friend’s hairdresser, or perhaps some acquaintances who you went to school with but wouldn’t really class as friends... It’s your party, so only invite the people who you want to celebrate with!

If you have any relatives or friends who would have to go well out of their way to make it to your reception, consider setting up a Skype account. That way you can say hello and they'll get to see you on your wedding day - without actually having to be there!

 

 

With a bit of creativity and some organised forward planning, you will be able to throw a great wedding reception for your friends and family. Let us know what you will be doing to make your wedding budget stretch further at your reception!

 

Boutique and Breakfast – the new route to mini moon success!

I remember a time, not so long ago, when it was absolutely the done thing to wing your way off to extremely tropical destinations for your honeymoon. The most common response when asking where a honeymoon was going to be spent, seemed to be ‘Mauritius for a couple of weeks’ or ‘Sri Lanka followed by a week in a beach bungalow in the Maldives’. And while this lust for a paradise location for your honeymoon can be overwhelming, the thought of a gorgeous mini moon bolt hole to run away to with your newly betrothed certainly appeals to us here at The Budget Bride Company! The romance lies with getting away with your new husband and not necessarily having to take out a £10k loan to do it. The mini moon boom is on and with beautiful locations to get away to in the UK for a snip of the price of an overseas trip; it’s a great time to look into the options available to you.

We caught up with Lucy of Boutique and Breakfast - www.boutiqueandbreakfast.com - an online guide to the finest, boutique-style bed and breakfast accommodation in the UK and she explains why B&Bs can make great honeymoon destinations and even wedding venues...

 

“The good old-fashioned British B&B is something of an institution, but they’ve come a long way since the days of dodgy decor, badly-cooked breakfasts and shared bathrooms. The best 21st century B&Bs have stylish decor, sumptuous fittings and fixtures, luxurious finishing touches and fabulous food rivalling anything that a boutique hotel could offer. They tend to have an air of exclusivity and a more personalised level of customer service than larger hotels. That’s why a stay at a boutique bed and breakfast makes a great option for newly-weds looking for peace, quiet and privacy, not to mention a little pampering and luxury. Boutique B&Bs are also a much more affordable honeymoon option, which is a major consideration in these credit crunchy times, when more and more couples are opting to spend their honeymoons in the UK”.

“At Boutique and Breakfast, you’ll find a carefully hand-picked selection of bed and breakfasts, guest houses and restaurants with rooms. Scattered the length and breadth of the UK, they offer such a high standard of accommodation that you may find that you struggle to leave the comfort of your room. Four poster beds; huge, free-standing baths; swimming pools; saunas; Jacuzzis; spa and beauty treatments; and evening meals made with the finest, locally-sourced ingredients are just some of the extras provided by properties featured on the Boutique and Breakfast website”.

“As well as being able to search by geographical location, we’ve also categorised our B&BS according to the style of the property and their decor. This means that, if you want to make like a heroine in a Bronte novel and tuck yourself away in a romantic Georgian house surrounded by rugged Yorkshire moorland just a stone’s throw from where the famous literary sisters were brought up, you can!”

“If you’d prefer to lounge by the pool at a super-glamorous, coastal retreat that wouldn’t look out of place in a Bond film, we can fix that for you too!”

 

“The options are endless and the very best British B&Bs offer a truly unique and memorable honeymoon experience. Whether you’d prefer a sleek, modern city pad full of whizzy gadgets and with plenty of bars, restaurants and attractions on your doorstep; a rustic, rural retreat where you can snuggle up by an open fire and won’t bump into another soul; or a stylish, contemporary take on the traditional seaside guesthouse, there’s a boutique-style B&B out there that’s just perfect for you and your new spouse.”

“Some of our featured properties are even licensed to hold wedding ceremonies and can host your reception too. They make a great option for those planning an intimate and relaxed wedding with a handful of close family and friends. We have a range of stunning wedding venues for you to choose from, including a windmill by the sea and award-winning restaurants with rooms. Simply select the ‘Wedding venue’ and ‘Licensed to hold civil weddings’ options on the advanced search box to find inspiration for your special day.”

Thanks so much Lucy and good luck to all you brides to be with finding your ideal mini moon! Let us know where you choose to go…

Laura x

 

Top Ten Budget Wedding Favour Ideas

I have always been a massive fan of all things keepsake. I still have various shoe boxes filled with cherished items from my childhood and teenage years and opening up the boxes to look at all of the assorted odds and ends from over the years always takes me back and makes me smile! This is one of the main reasons that I love favours… the opportunity to give a little gift to your guests to say thank you for sharing the day with you, and also to give them a reminder of the day in the years to come. Saying that, I am massively partial to a good edible favour – the prettier, the better!

The great thing with many of the favour ideas that we have suggested below, is that they can double up as wedding name place settings, which means you can save even more of your budget to spend on other things…

But, as always, it’s the small things that mount up and when you need to give favours out to lots of guests it’s more important than ever to keep a firm grasp on your budget. Our Top Ten this week is all about budget beautiful Wedding Favours.

 

1. Show your guests how much you love them – write them a poem! The only limit to this one is your creativity. The poem can be cute, sentimental or funny. You could go one step further and make your poem specific to each of your guests; this is truly a big ‘thank you’ to your friends and family for attending your big day and will give them something really special to remember it by. Get yourself some colourful paper from Hobby Craft or Paperchase to match in with your themes and get writing! For presentation, you can tie the poems up with ribbons, wool or string. Or how about popping them in a tiny glass bottle or folding them into a cute origami heart?

2. Hand painted and varnished pebbles. I love this option as it includes a bit of elbow grease from you (collecting the pebbles – great excuse for a pre wedding weekend away to Brighton?!) but results in a really lovely way to let your guests know where they are seated as well as giving them something to take home as gorgeous keepsake. You can stick to writing your guests name on the top of the pebble and perhaps the wedding date and you and your Husband to Be’s names on the back, or go further and paint pictures or use glitter to add a bit of fun and colour to your wedding breakfast tables.

Photo Credit and step by step:  http://www.inspirationrealisation.com/2011/08/my-table-name-tags.html#

 

3. Sweeties in a beautiful box. This is a good one as you get the best of both worlds – some yummy sweets to eat when you fancy on the wedding day, and a box to take home with you at the end. Check out the lovely gift box options from Wedding Favours Delight. These start from 0.31p per box, so certainly won’t break the back. You can then go to town with what you fill the boxes up with: you could go for delicious home-made fudge or marshmallows, or how about stocking up on jelly beans from your local pick and mix?

 

4. Following on with the edible theme, muffins are always a firm favourite. Easy to make at home, these cost saving favours are sure to make your guests smile! Invest in some pretty cases and maybe some glitter or coloured sugar and you can make sure your celebratory muffins fit in well with your wedding theme. Make sure they are baked nice and fresh the day before your wedding and once they’re cool, wrap in cellophane (clear or coloured), tie up with some ribbon and you have one tasty budget favour!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/wedding-cake-cupcakes-00420000006351/

 

5. Giving seeds as a favour is a really nice idea – especially if it’s for something that you know your guests will be able to grow into a tree or maybe a really beautiful flowering plant. This is both symbolic and long lasting. You can buy the seeds from Wilkinsons or your local garden centre and then create your own packaging to ensure your favour matches in with your theme. Alternatively, you can buy the seeds all ready packaged up and printed with your details from £1.20 – I like the ones here: http://www.wildflower-favours.co.uk/categories.asp?Sector_ID=11

 

 

 

6. Candle favours can make a great cost effective option. With all of the colours of the rainbow to choose from and the option to package up your candles in boxes or organza bags, or wrapped in string or ribbon, candle favours are a reliable favourite. You can get two tea lights in a presentation bag or box from Partylite for under £2 per person – call Debbie for more information on 07530 484890.

 

7. Are you having a vintage themed wedding? The favour options with a vintage wedding theme are endless, but I love the idea of giving each of your guests a vintage book that might say something about your wedding, or you and your husband to be, or perhaps about the guest! You can find really inexpensive job lots of old books on ebay, ready for you to tie up with twine and label ready for your wedding guest. If you have plenty of time before your wedding, be sure to trawl some local car boot sales and charity shops, where you will be able to pick up old books for pennies.

 

 

8. If you are handy in the kitchen, you could try making up your own jam and sealing in little pots, topped with coloured cloth and tied up with some ribbon or twine. You can add in the guests name on one side of a label and your wedding date on the other side. If you don’t fancy making the jam, why not buy those gorgeous little pots that you always seem to get at B&B’s by the seaside with your breakfast?! You can buy these individually at Morrisons or you can bulk buy on Ebay where I have seen 72 of the TipTree Strawberry jam mini pots for £15 plus P&P. Use patterned material (flowers or gingham would be pretty) to cut into fabric trim tops to go over the jam jar lids. Perfect!

Photo Credit: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/DoMeAFavour Custom made shabby chic jars from £1 each

 

9. Decorated wine glasses make a fun and pretty budget wedding favour. You can purchase wine or champagne glasses cheaply (get the own brand versions) from Waitrose, Tesco or Matalan. You will need enamel paint and some paintbrushes and then let your imagination do it’s thing! There are some good tutorials on www.wikihow.com

 

Photo Credit: www.wikihow.com

 

10. Button Badges take me straight back to when I was Ten years old and I was given a badge making machine for Christmas! Who doesn’t love a badge to show off on their lapel?! You can create your badges as place settings with your guests names, or how about making a couple of smaller ones for your guests to take home – one with their name and one with a keepsake reference to your wedding day on it? You can buy the machines for under £10 on Amazon and you will probably have to buy a refill pack to ensure you have enough materials to make the badges for all of your guests. You'll have SO much fun making them!

 

Badge from http://www.zazzle.co.uk/mr_mrs_1_pin-145521120965714858

Happy favour making!

Laura x