Kelly and Andy had a budget wedding at the gorgeous Coombe Abbey Hotel this year. Check out this love story – over to you Kelly!
I met Andy via an online dating website Plenty Of Fish in April 2011 and needless to say he had me hooked from the start! In February 2012 he took me to Paris on a surprise trip for Valentines. We went on a 5* river cruise on the evening and he proposed, it was so romantic and a complete shock to me as I had no idea what he was up to!
I loved the entire process of planning our wedding; from choosing my dress to visiting our venue time and time again to go through all of the plans.
We had a very tight wedding budget to stick to. To have our dream venue we opted for a Winter Wedding as to get married at Coombe Abbey in Summer would have been well over our budget. We had some help from a friend made us a beautiful wedding cake. I bought my flowers, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dress, accessories, favours and gift boxes all from Ebay which was a massicve help on our budget. My wedding dress was also an end of line dress, so I managed to have a designer dress at half price!
We did loads of DIY and even made our own retro candy sweetie table rather than hiring one. We made horse shoes for each table made from shoes off my own horses. My husband designed posters for the road side and hotel board and we also designed our wedding invites ourselves.
We enjoyed our budget wedding so much, especially all the excitement of twelve months of planning finally being put in place on the morning of the wedding. I personally enjoyed every second of the day and feeling like a princess in my beautiful dress and saying ‘I DO’! Our first dance was also a memorable moment as we did a traditional slow dance with an MC Hammer twist which our guests loved!
I adore horses and have some of my own, so we decided to run a bit of a horse theme throughout our wedding day. Our wedding cake was made in a horse shoe and my cupcakes where all topped with a horse shoe. Also, as our name is Bond, we had the Bond theme music played after the ceremony when we walked out the room, it certainly made everyone chuckle!
My best piece of advice to other Brides planning a Budget Wedding would be to search around for the best price possible. Don't be too proud to buy second hand because usually the items have only been used once before, so are as new yet half the price of new. My favourite tip? Enjoy yourself!
Thanks for sharing your day with us Kelly and BIG congratulations to you and Andy 🙂
All images in this post courtesy of MJB Photography