Claire’s Sweet Temptations – Budget Wedding Cakes: Sumptuous on Saturday Supplier Spotlight

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This week we were really chuffed to welcome Claire’s Sweet Temptations who are based in Bude, Cornwall, to The Budget Bride Company Budget Wedding Supplier Directory.

Claire create gorgeous bespoke budget wedding cakes at off the shelf prices, produced to your exact requirements, and just because she really is a lovely lady, Claire is offering all Budget Bride Company readers a 15% discount on her cakes 🙂

We had a chat with Claire to find out more…


Tell us your favourite thing about working with brides to be?

It's such a special time - such excitement, and it's great to be a part of that. It's also a huge privilege to be a part of someone's special day.


What inspires you in your work?

Anything and everything! Sometimes very random things like a pattern on fabric or colour combinations. A dress, or even a hat! Ideas can just pop up, so I like to keep a notebook to jot my thoughts down in.


What has been your favourite wedding that you have worked on so far?

I did a 200 cupcake tower last summer - covered in purple butterflies, with a giant cupcake at the top. That was great fun, and a huge success apparently! Getting feedback from the Brides is always nice.


Claires Sweet Temptations 1


What are your wedding trend predictions for the rest of 2014 and going into 2015?

There are always so many trends in the mix. Fabric effect flowers are very popular right now, especially in neutral colours. Hand painting on cakes is getting more and more popular too. Then there are things like edible gelatine sequins to add extra sparkle which will definitely be popular.


What would your top tip be to share with Brides to Be?

Don't be afraid to be creative. There are endless possibilities in wedding cake these days! And remember it’s your day and your cake. So make sure you have exactly  what you've always dreamed of.


When you're not busy working at Claire's Sweet Temptations, what is your favourite pastime?

I love travelling. I've been very lucky and travelled a lot, but still want to go so many places!


You can find out more about the gorgeous cakes that Claire can create for your wedding on her Facebook page and on her website here – or get in touch directly to discuss your budget wedding cake requirements on 07816288626 or by Email on

It's great to have you with us Claire!

Laura xx

Hollywood Glamour Styled Wedding Shoot

Hollywood Glamour Style Wedding Photo Shoot


I love the softness of the styling in this gorgeous Hollywood Glamour Styled Wedding Shoot co-ordinated by Olivia from Host Event Management Wedding Planners. As one of our trusted Budget Bride Company Wedding Suppliers, we were absolutely delighted when we heard from the news from Olivia that she had received the award of Best Wedding Planner at The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards 2014! And looking at the lush detail in this shoot, I’m sure you can see why she was the obvious choice to win the award.

So grab yourself a nice cup of tea and enjoy the gorgeous images from this Hollywood Glamour styled shoot – I hope it gives you some lovely ideas for your own wedding day 🙂 

Hollywood Glamour Style Wedding Photo Shoot

Hollywood Glamour Style Wedding Photo Shoot

Hollywood Glamour Style Wedding Photo Shoot

Hollywood Glamour Style Wedding Photo Shoot

Hollywood Glamour Themed Wedding Photoshoot

Hollywood Glamour Themed Wedding Photo Shoot

Hollywood Glamour Themed Wedding Photo Shoot

Hollywood Glamour Themed Wedding Photo Shoot

Hollywood Glamour Themed Wedding Photo Shoot

Hollywood Glamour Themed Wedding Photo Shoot

And for behind the scenes footage of the shoot and the venue, check out this video:

Many thanks to all of the Wedding Suppliers involved:

Style concept: Love Me Love My Wedding

Event Planning: Host Event Management

Venue: Prior Park College

Photography:  McAvoy Wedding Photography

Model: Georgia McAuliffe

Gowns: Pearl Bridal Boutique

Veils:  Dream Veils

Hair styling: Lauren Sims

Make up: Jessica Mills

Bouquets:  Catherine Gray

Floral centrepieces:  Tin can Floral

Stationery:  Lizzy May

Cake: Bake My Cake

Sequin Table Linen: Pudding Bridge

Glass charger plates: LA Styling

Tableware & props: Essential Wedding Hire

Organza linen: Special Occasion Linen

Are you going to be having a theme for your wedding day? Join the discussion over on Facebook!
Thanks for sharing your Hollywood Glamour Wedding Shoot with us today Olivia, and congratulations on your well-deserved award 🙂 You can find out more about Olivia's amazing wedding planning services here.

Laura xx

Sumptuous on Saturday with BHS Wedding

The BHS Wedding Department has long been a favourite of ours at The Budget Bride Company. With gorgeous wedding dresses, lovely bridesmaid and pageboy outfits and an amazing array of accessories to choose from, it makes a wonderful one stop shop for your wedding when you’re keeping to a tight budget.

When I was a Bridesmaid for my BFF Kim last year, I wore a BHS bridesmaid dress (similar to this one) in a gorgeous purple shade which fitted with her wedding theme perfectly. It was floor length and the cut felt incredibly luxurious – fitted enough to make a flattering silhouette, but not so pinched in that I couldn’t relax and just enjoy the day.
From experience, I know that you guys – our gorgeous readers – are big fans of the range at BHS, so I thought today would be a nice opportunity to showcase some of my favourites from their wedding collection – happy browsing!


BHS Waistocoat Purple

I know that Cadbury Purple is such a huge colour theme choice for you guys at the moment – and I can understand why! It gives a lovely depth of colour to your day and has such a luxiouious feel. I couldn’t resist adding in this Waistcoat which would be a lovely way to pull the colour theme into your Groomsmen's outfits. An absoloute snip at £25.

BHS Mother of the Bride Hat
Here’s one for your Mums! I love that this pretty hat is £25 – it would make a gorgeous elegant finishing touch to the wedding outfit for maybe yours or your Beau’s Mum!

BHS Veil

This Cathedral Veil is beautiful, flowing, and priced at £40. It is a real statement piece, elegantly trailing down to the floor behind you – love the drama!

BHS Shoe

I love these ivory satin court shoes as they are just the right height to give you the feel of a heel, but not so scarily high that you know you are going to be tottering around with painful feet all day - nothing worse, right?! There are added cushioned insoles with memory foam padding, which I think sounds like the most blissful idea ever! Great value at £30.


BHS Bridesmaid Dress
This ivory organza bridesmaid dress is just too cute. The bow and diamante details will make your little bridesmaids or flower girl feel like a princess guaranteed. Currently on sale for £25 reduced from £50, snap it up whilst it’s still available! 


BHS Wedding Dress
 This elegant ‘Hope’ wedding dress features a lovely fully boned bodice and lace back detail. The sweetheart neckline is glamorous and highly flattering whilst retaining a poised look due to the floor length silhouette. And the best bit? This ivory gown is priced at £395 - hooray! 


You can have a good old browse to check out all of the other gorgeous wedding options available from BHS on our Budget Bride Boutique – just pop ‘BHS Wedding’ into the Search Box within our Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid and Wedding Accessory Categories.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you next week!
Laura xx

Five Gorgeous Budget Wedding Dresses under £700

One of the most common things I hear when ladies start planning their weddings, is the panic about how much they are going to have to spend on their wedding dress. As a dedicated lover of bargains and beauty (always at the same time!) I have made it my mission to keep on budget for my own wedding whilst still having what I want. I know that if I see a stunning Vera Wang dress for £5k, that I will be able to track down an affordable version – or have one made for me - to ensure that I can have the look that I want on the money I have available.

Here are five lovely budget wedding dresses that you will be able to pick up for under £700.


Budget Wedding Dresses under £700

Esme from Phase 8 - £495

I love this dress for the oversized flowers on the waist and the full flowing tulle skirt which adds sophisticated volume and a flowing romantic look. Pair with a cute little shrug – like this one for £50 for a demure look.


Budget Wedding Dress Ideas under £700

Gemolyn Maxi from Coast - £695

This dress is pure drama! With a beautiful full skirt balanced by a fitted and flattering bodice, this will create a stunning bridal look for your wedding day. Gorgeous enough to wear alone, or pair with some bling to add sparkle with a belt or necklace.



Budget Wedding Dress Ideas under £700

Ivy Wedding Dress from BHS - £125

This dress was inspired by the crisp lines of origami paper art and has beautiful pleating around the bodice which layers into the pearl and bead encrusted waistband. With a rich satin fabric finish and an inner netting layer, this dress also comes with detachable straps should you need them.


 Budget Wedding Dress Ideas under £700

Debut Ivory Embelished dress - £250

This is a beautiful take on a classic design – plenty of soft chiffon and eye catching embellishment makes this a glamourous budget friendly wedding dress choice.


 Wedding Dress 5

Iris Champagne Wedding Dress - £110

I love this dress for the price and the individual look. Although classed as a bridesmaid dress, I think it makes a really different looking Wedding Dress choice and the champagne colour is super flattering.


With so much variety around and at such great prices for Brides on a budget, you really don’t have to compromise to get the wedding dress you really want with the money you have available.

Laura x

Danielle Mobbs Wedding Photography: Sumptuous on Saturday Supplier Spotlight

Danielle Mobbs Wedding Photography is the talented company behind a lot of the photos that you can see on this site. Having worked with Danielle to shoot our first Budget Bride Company collaborated styled shoot ‘A Vintage English Rose’ - as well as the about me pictures that you can see here. I know that she is a pleasure to work with and her creative ideas can bring a whole new angle to your wedding day photographs. Also, her wedding photography packages start from just £650 - bonus!

Danielle Mobbs Budget Wedding Photography
We thought it would be a nice idea for you to get to know Danielle Mobbs Wedding Photography a little better and what better place than here on Sumptuous on Saturday 🙂

What is your favourite thing about working with Brides to Be?
It would have to be watching their amazing ideas and plans for their special day come to life - right from the initial consultation through to the big day itself. Each and every couple and their wedding are unique and to be able to be a part of the whole process is fantastic.
What inspires you in your work?
One of my favourite quotes has to be from Ansel Adams. "You don't make a photograph with just a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard and the people you have loved". My sources of inspiration are endless. I love trawling through fashion magazines and Pinterest, the paintings of Edgar Degas and the Hollywood photographers of old. Yet most importantly, I'm truly inspired by my clients and their wonderful ideas for their big day. My aim is to capture each and every moment as the day unfolds and to create fine art imagery that is a true reflection of their individual personalities.

Danielle Mobbs Budget Wedding Photography
What has been your favourite wedding that you have worked on?

Of course each and every wedding I do is unique and special in its own way. Although I do absolutely love it when clients surprise me with a non-traditional theme - the quirkier the better!
Do you have any wedding trend predictions for weddings for 2014?
It's a bit of an obvious one however; I definitely believe that, with regards to bridal couture, lace is still going strong. It is something that is so timeless and elegant, and ever since the Royal Wedding, has been immensely popular. In fact, vintage 20’s and 30’s influences in general are still proving popular for every aspect of a wedding. I also think that the DIY/up-cycling approach is becoming more favourable - I find it great when a Bride has produced her own table décor, wedding favours or stationary and takes great pride in it. Not only can it save a few pennies but it also allows their personality to shine through.


Danielle Mobbs Budget Wedding Photography
 What would be your top tip to share with Brides to Be?
Understandably I'm a teeny bit biased... but I would whole-heartedly recommend budgeting for a professional photographer - someone who you click with (excuse the pun!), whose style you love and someone who will make you feel 100% comfortable and at ease on the day. After months, even years of planning, when your special day finally arrives it will go by in a whirlwind. However, once the day is over, you will have photographs to cherish and reminisce over for a lifetime.

Danielle Mobbs Budget Wedding Photography
 When you’re not busy photographing weddings, what is your favourite pastime?
Traveling, painting and reading - lots of reading!


You can find out more about Danielle Mobbs Wedding Photography and her brilliant wedding photography packages which start from £650 on her website here.

Laura xx

Wedding Supplier Spotlight with Silly Jokes: Sumptuous on Saturday


Silly Jokes Logo
Todays Sumptuous on Saturday Supplier Spotlight is with Silly Jokes – our latest budget friendly wedding supplier to join The Budget Bride Company.

Silly Jokes specialise in fancy dress, photo booth props from £1.99 and brilliant printed chalkboards from £2.99 that you can use for anything from Menus to Signage at your wedding. Their great array of wedding budget friendly items are all available online making it super easy to browse and order what you need; they even offer free shipping on orders over £40.


Silly Jokes Bride Board


Silly Jokes Groom Board

The Printed Wedding Chalk Boards are one of Silly Jokes’ most popular items at the moment - the printed chalkboards come in two sizes and are made of sturdy MDF. They look like chalkboards but are printed so there is no mess and they stay neat and clear all day. You can also personalise them yourself too – just use the online editing tool or upload your own file, especially if you have a special font you are working with.

Silly Jokes also create a brilliant range of budget friendly photo booth props - perfect for your making your own DIY wedding photo booth.


Silly Jokes Photo booth
We had a chat with Caroline at Silly Jokes to find out more about why she loves working with weddings…

Tell us a bit more about why you love working with Brides to Be?
I love working with Brides to be because a good bit of their enthusiasm rubs off onto me and leaves me feeling uplifted for the future!
We have striped back our store from being plain retail to manufacturing something we have designed ourselves which feels really positive. It’s like a fresh beginning for the business and the response has been incredible. I can see us making so many more wedding products in the future so watch this space!
What has been your favourite wedding that you have worked on?
I recently helped a couple who were having a Gothic wedding. I sell Halloween goods and always have stock year round. They wanted skeletons, skulls and black muslin cloth. It was a second marriage and they were having immense fun creating a day based on scarlet and black that no one was going to forget.


What would be your top piece of advice for Brides to Be?
Focus on the day as a couple and approach and plan it together as much as possible because its just the beginning of a life you are going to share.
And what do you like to get up to when you’re not creating wedding photo booth props and fancy dress?
I love to play Irish music; one time I was at a big family wedding in Ireland and the bride had looked collected and cool the whole long day even when a car rammed the harpist’s van. At about 2am I got out my whistle and played her a wedding tune I’d learnt and she broke down in tears. It was all too much. Might have been my playing though!


You can find out more about the full range at Silly Jokes on their online store, by emailing Caroline on
or by calling the store on 01908 904066 (open Monday through to Friday, 9am until 5pm).

Laura xx

Heavenly Delight Candy Cart – Sumptuous on Saturday Supplier Spotlight

Heavenly Delight Candy Cart

I’m very pleased to introduce you to our latest Budget Bride Company Supplier – Heavenly Delight Candy Cart who you can find in our East Midlands Hire Category.

Heavenly Delight are a talented team headed up by the lovely and very talented Nicki. Heavenly Delight are specialists in Candy Cart Hire, and can also create beautiful bespoke sugar flower sprays to individulaise your wedding cake whilst keeping your wedding budget nicely in check!


We had a catch up with Nicki to find out more about Heavenly Delight...


What is your favourite thing about working with Brides to Be?
It’s so lovely to be able to help inspire brides in making their day that extra bit more special. Seeing the excitement on their faces as they envisage their special day coming into reality is such a privilege.

Heavenly Delight Flower Spray Cake Toppers

What inspires you in your work?
I love helping people find ways of making their dreams come true, that extra special touch. Giving them inspiration of how to reach their goals and keep their costs to a minimum.


What has been your favourite wedding that you have worked on?
It was actually my own wedding; we spent a total of £12,000 but had a wedding that wowed our guests who thought we had spent £40,000.


Do you have any wedding trend predictions for weddings for 2014?
I think our wonderful brides to be are getting hands on for 2014. By making those important Save the Date cards, Invitations and Order of Service yourself can save you a packet, and something the bridesmaids will enjoy helping you with giving you a wonderful celebration of achievement.


What would be your top tip to share with Brides to Be?
We all want the Wedding of our dreams, but not the costs. Here at Heavenly Delight that is our aim to help people achieve this. Make your invitations etc. and have fun making your own table centre pieces for your tables. It brings out your personality into your day. How about getting a friend or loved one to make your cake, or purchase a plain one from Marks & Spencer’s, then putting on one of our hand crafted sugar flower sprays to transform the cake into something specular. Cutting costs down in these areas can then allow you to elaborate those “really would love” items, for example the Candy Cart or those sparkly top table back drops.

Heavenly Delight Favours

When you’re not busy working at Heavenly Delight what is your favourite pastime?
I love spending time with my family and helping out at the local school with fundraising ideas. One of my passions is singing. I recently released an album entitled “The Journey” all the songs are written and sung by myself and this album is helping to raise funds for Children’s Heart Charities. The album is available on itunes and but also in hard copy from myself via


You can find out more about Heavenly Delight at And they currently have a special offer for Budget Bride Company readers a half price secure the date booking fee. Quote BB1 at time of booking.  You can also spread the cost with a monthly payment plan option 🙂
Laura xx

Moda in Pelle Wedding Shoes – Sumptuous on Saturday Spotlight

Todays Sumptuous on Saturday is with one of our new favourite brands – Moda in Pelle Wedding Shoes. You may have noticed their advert which has now appeared snuggled on the right of this page and I wanted to tell you a little bit more about why we think they’re hot right now for brides on a budget. Style is pinnacle when you’re making your  accessory choices for your wedding day and these Moda in Pelle wedding shoes certainly deliver in that department!

The look is glamorous, sharp and just a little bit bling – look at these!

Moda in Pelle Wedding Shoes

These Kazmia Shoes are £35.95 (reduced from £119.95)

Moda in Pelle Wedding Shoes

These Kacey Silver Shoes are £20.95 (reduced from £69.96)

Moda in Pelle Wedding Shoes


These Champagne ‘Distinct’ Shoes are £59.95

The Moda in Pelle wedding shoes range is perfect for a girl searching for an alluring look and the detailing on these shoes mean that you can have some lux feeling shoes whilst keeping a tight grip on your finances. Both you and your bank balance will be happy – bingo 🙂

Laura xx

Northamptonshire Wedding Make-up Artist: Sumptuous on Saturday Supplier Spotlight with Samantha Kibbler

Northamptonshire Wedding Make-up Artist - Samantha Kibbler

Today’s Sumptuous on Saturday post is with one of our East Midlands Wedding Make-up Suppliers Samantha Kibbler. Samantha is a highly talented Northamptonshire wedding make-up artist who was trained at the Greasepaint School of Make-Up in London. Samantha specialises in airbrushing which leaves a flawless look, perfect for Brides.

We caught up with Samantha for a chat about why she loves being a Northamptonshire Wedding Make-up Artist…


Being married myself, I can remember every detail of organising the wedding and how much fun and excitement there is leading up to the big day. I can almost re-live this with the brides I meet, and I love to see that final day come when the bride is ready in her dress with her hair & make-up complete, it’s just the best feeling.


 Northamptonshire Wedding Make-up Artist Samantha Kibbler


I love meeting new people and enjoy every aspect of the job whatever it may entail. Making people look and feel special is what any make-up artist strives to achieve in their career.

In May 2013 I had a large wedding booked with make-up for the Bride, five bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom. I had just finished the Brides’ make-up when the bridesmaids returned from the hairdressers. Within an hour of them getting dressed, the bridesmaids’ hair had started to come loose from their hair style and their curls were dropping out.
Upon seeing this, as you can imagine the bride was very upset;  I was on time with all the make-ups and as I always carry various hair tongs and plenty of hairspray, I was able to rescue the bridesmaids hair, and subsequently relieve some of the stress on the bride, which was a massive relief!

In terms of trends, the Vintage vibe seems to be very popular; I have noticed that brides are looking up to the celebrity image that they portray at award shows, so the hair and make-up is more red carpet than the more traditional bridal look of the past.


Northamptonshire Wedding Make-Up Artist Samantha Kibbler


The best advice I can give to a Bride to Be, is to not change your daily skin care routine before the wedding day. For most ladies, it takes a period of time for the skin to adjust to a new care routine, this is not the time to experiment just before your big day!

When I am not working as a Northamptonshire Wedding Make-up Artist, I am a full time mummy to my little boy who will be three in march I also run a small handbag business with my sister in-law, H&S Handbags.


It’s lovely to get to know you better Samantha – thanks for sharing your wedding make-up background and tips with us today 🙂 Samantha offers Bridal Make-up for £60 wedding make-up trials for £35.

Laura xo

Wedding Wish List Wednesday – Valentines Special

So todays Wedding Wish List is a little Valentines roundup focussing on the lush items from John Lewis that would make very eligible presents for your lover!

I have always been a fan of the fun DVD or maybe tickets to go and see a band that we both like present route, but these nice little presents up the ante a little and really show that you have put some thought and planning into the present 🙂

Personalised Champagne Gift Set
Price: £40.00

I am a big Prosecco / Cava / Champagne fan, give me something with bubbles and I'm a happy girl! I love this personalised Champagne idea as its luxurious and you can save the box for keepsakes from your wedding day to look at in years to come 🙂

Personalised John Lewis Champagne

Between You and I Personalised Inscribed Message Cufflinks
Price: £99.00

This is such a sweet idea to give your beau if they are going to be wearing a suitable shirt on your wedding day. Inscribe with a cute message that is a subtle reminder of what you have together. Sigh.

Personalised cuff links

Choc on Choc Personalised Heart Milk Chocolate Bar
Price: £6.00

Cheap, cheerful and yummy. Good combination, yes?

Valentines Personalised Chocolate Gift

Happy shopping Brides to Be! How are you going to be celebrating Valentines Day this year? Let us know in the Comments below, or over on the Facebook page.

Laura xo