Wedding Wish List Wednesday

[sellfire id="52cc42fd0c888c28d0479e3f" name="Phase 8"]Good morning ladies and gents! Hope you are all having a great week so far and are managing to sneak in a little bit of wedding planning amongst all of the kerfuffle of the first week back to reality after the holidays.

To assist with your planning and daydreaming, we are now going to be running a new weekly wish list regular feature, so check back here on Wednesday mornings for our latest must-buys and bargain wedding finds…

To kick us off, check out this little lot!


♥ This Amelia Bridesmaid Dress is £85 from BHS. You know your bridesmaids will thank you 🙂

Amelia Pink Bridesmaid Dress



♥ The Aura Wedding Dress is on sale for £385 (reduced from £550) from Phase 8. Quite precious, don’t you think?

Aura Phase 8 Wedding Dress



♥ This La Parisienne Deco garter is both feminine and stylish – we think your beau will like! £32 from Just For Eve.

Just For Eve Garter


Saving 50% on personalised wedding stationery from M&S. These collections are well worth checking out. Add in the code SALEJAN50 when you pay online and click the ‘Validate’ button to claim your discount. Valid until 11th Jan only!


Getting a free €50 cash card when you book a holiday for travel between 1st May and 30th September with EasyJet Holidays. Perfect for some extra spending money on a hen do away, mini-moon, or perhaps just a good excuse to get away with your fiancée? Enter code CASH50 when booking your break 🙂

  EasyJet Promotion


What are you daydreaming about booking for your wedding this week?

Laura xx

A Sun Dappled Vintage Wedding Shoot at Barton Hall

I’m really pleased to share this vintage themed wedding shoot with you today, brought together by a team of passionate wedding suppliers in the East Midlands. Amanda from Something Borrowed Bridal talked us through the ideas behind the shoot…

“So much work and preparation is put into planning a wedding and huge amounts of commitment and organisation are required even when it is a wedding photo shoot! Then there is the weather, will it rain or will the sun shine gloriously down upon us to produce images the photographer can work with to dazzle us with in years to come?  Well on this occasion the gods were feeling generous as we arrived at Barton Hall to create the most perfect day, a wedding photo shoot to inspire all brides to be!"


“We had all worked together as a team, a collaboration of some of the best wedding suppliers in the local area to produce awe inspiring wedding scenes to whet your appetite!”


“We decided to use the incredible venue of Barton hall with its handsome and bold house frontage; delicate and beautiful orangery with fabulous intricate iron work on the glass panels and breath-taking glass domes in the ceiling, creating rainbows of light throughout.”



“This fabulous architecture is topped with the beautiful sloping Gardens.  I am a bit of a romantic and was bowled over by the natural beauty of this venue, even the stone benches under the ancient trees added glamour to the garden. The beautiful trees within the grounds added stunning focal points to the gardens and added beautifully to the photos taken by Sarah-Jane of Daring to Dream Photography.”



“We had a selection of ladies modelling who all were made all the more lovely by Ainsley and Gracie Lou who worked non stop during the day, whilst simultaneously watching her two toddlers who were intent on escape. They really showed their talent at remaining calm and turning already beautiful ladies into movie stars, just as all brides to be deserve.”


“Five of the models were dressed by Carolyn’s Collection in mother of the bride outfits and sported some incredible outfits and spectacular hats.”


“Our handsome male models were dressed by Vickers Menswear, as was the younger member of the wedding party. they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the wedding shoot with plenty of time for mischief and climbing trees!”


“One cheeky member of the wedding party even ran off with the bride!”



“We had three unique beautiful brides who were all styled in wedding dresses from Something Borrowed Bridal.  The focus of the day was a Vintage theme and each of the dresses was planned to encapsulate that.

The beautiful co-ordinating flowers were created with love and attention by Charlotte Davies. From the magnificent vintage headdress that makes such a statement, to the loosely tied vintage bouquet. The scent of the blooms filled the room beautifully.”


“We had a gorgeous little bridesmaid for the wedding photo shoot who worked the role of princess perfectly!”



“The bride arrived in style in a Vintage VW Camper van from Fun Dubbin Occasions perfect for the vintage theme.”



“The bride crossed the breath-taking lawns for the ceremony shoot to take place in the orangery, which had been styled in a vintage fashion by Through the Looking Glass Events and Charlotte Davies Flowers, with a beautiful aisle laid with vases of flowers at each end.” 

“I love how the models truly got into part – look at the emotion in this picture!”



“The Orangery was once more transformed by Through the Looking Glass events into the reception venue with round tables adorned with vintage china, candelabras, and bunting decorated the walls.”



“Everything about this wedding shoot spoke of charm, nostalgia and elegance. The incredibly styled wedding cake was a perfect touch - in a duck egg blue by Cakes from the Heart.”



“For the evening shoot, the wedding party and guests relaxed in the opulent Vines Restaurant, after what had been a brilliant day and certainly one to remember for everyone involved!”




Thank you so much to Amanda from Something Borrowed Bridal for sending in this Vintage themed photo shoot! I hope that it has given you some great inspiration for your wedding day.


The Team who made it happen…

Dresses: Something Borrowed Bridal






VW Camper Van:

Occasional Wear:

The Venue: Barton Hall:

Elizabeth Kay Bridal: Wedding Dress Sale

One of our favourite Budget Bride Company Vendors is going to be having massive sample sale of their beautiful wedding dresses! On Sunday 19th May, for one day only, Elizabeth Kay Bridal will be holding a Wedding  Dress Sample Sale with over 100 fabulous gowns including dresses from renowned designers such as Maggie Sottero, Benjamin Roberts, Alfred Angelo and Allure.

With many gowns reduced by up to 50% with prices ranging from £50 to £350 and gowns available in sizes 8– 22, it is an opportunity not to be missed.

And what’s more, there is a special offer for Budget Bride Company Readers – simply quote the special offer code ‘BudgetBrideCompany05’ and you will qualify for a further £10 off your chosen wedding dress! What’s not to like?!

For further information please contact Elizabeth Kay Bridal on 07895018857 or follow their Facebook page to keep up to date.


Here is a little sneak preview of some of the gorgeous wedding dresses that will be available on the day…


Romantica of Devon: Size 12 .Original price: £200, sample sale price: £75


Eden Bridals: Size 16. Original price £250, sample sale price: £125


Benjamin Roberts: Size 20. Original price £350, sample sale price £275


Estes: Size 10. Original price £250, sample sale price £150


Trudy Lee: Size 14. Original price £350, sample sale price £275



Scott McClintock: Size 12. Original price £125, sample sale price £50


Too good to miss – put May 19th in your diary now!

Laura xx

Phase 8 Wedding Dresses

Today, I have been looking through the online wedding boutique at Phase 8. Their wedding dress collection includes beautiful floaty frocks ranging between £130 and £750 and in sizes 6 to 20.

I like the elegant lines of the dresses – very modern and non-fussy. I can imagine that staying in one of these dresses for the whole of your wedding day would be a breeze, with lightweight silhouettes and beautiful lacy fabrics.

Here are some of my favourite wedding dresses from their collection…


This Mariette Wedding Dress is £650 and is covered in delicate lace with shimmering beads – so pretty. I especially like the length of the dress, so that you can show off your shoes!


The Eliza Wedding Dress is £750 and has gorgeous capped sleeves and a crystal bead finish.



The Carolina Lace Wedding Dress is £550 and has a beautifully detailed design. Your waist will be cinched in with the satin bow – very feminine.


I can’t get enough of this Daisy Embroidered Dress - £250. On the site, it is down as a Prom Dress, but I think this make a beautiful wedding dress to walk down the aisle and party the day away in!


I’m also impressed with the other options available at Phase 8. There is a colourful and well-priced selection of Bridesmaid Dresses as well as gorgeous accessories to choose from including fascinators, handbags and shoes.

Happy Shopping!

Laura xx

Elegantly Hitched

I went along to meet Karen from Elegantly Hitched – one of our popular wedding dress suppliers – for a catch up (and some tea and cake!) last week. I first met Karen at a wedding fair about a year ago, where I was really impressed with her range of wedding dresses and accessories and how well they were priced.



Karen opened Elegantly Hitched in Wellingborough about 18 months ago and has been providing beautiful wedding dresses to lots of happy brides to be ever since. Having a look through her boutique, I was delighted to see some really gorgeous pieces, priced between £250 and £700.

There is also a great range of bridal accessories and bridesmaid dresses, with lovely designs at great prices.



Knowing how important it is to provide the Bride with what she really wants, Karen says that it is her speciality at Elegantly Hitched to create wedding gowns to the specification of the bride. See one of the dresses in the boutique that you like, but you want it in gold, red or blue?! It’s not a problem, and Karen can arrange it for you.



You can find Elegantly Hitched at 48 Midland Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and you can call Karen to discuss your requirements on 07715 415438.


Happy wedding dress hunting!

Laura xx

Sumptuous on Saturday – Bridalwear by Francesca

Sumptuous on Saturday is all about bringing you the most gorgeous wedding day products and services that you will be able to afford within your budget. Less than £700 available for you to buy your dream wedding dress? Not a problem! Today we are looking at the amazing wedding dresses from Bridalwear by Francesca who have stores throughout the Midlands and Wales.

These wedding gowns are just jaw dropingly gorgeous…


This Beautiful Brides / Special Days Dress is £439


This Isabella Rossini 303 Dress is £499



We love the drama of this Mori Lee Gemma Dress which is £549



We love the colour of this Mystique Dress - £639


So go and treat yourself and stay in budget too! And right now there’s a special offer of 10% off all wedding dresses chosen and paid for before the end of March!


Laura xx

Budget Wedding Dress Ideas

At The Budget Bride Company, we only ever showcase Wedding Dresses costing less than £1k. Thinking along these lines, today’s Top Ten is all about how to get the dress of your dreams on the budget you have available…


1. Go pre-loved: This is a brilliant way to get a designer frock at a fraction of the price. If you go to a reputable store or charity shop, then the wedding dresses should be in near perfect condition. It is easy to arrange a low cost alteration of the dress in areas where you might need a slight adjustment to make it the perfect fit for you. Have a look at the lovely specialist bridal stores from Oxfam, where the average price for a gown is around £250: .


2. Make your own: An incredible way to have total control over your dream dress whilst making the absolute most of your budget. This is a great option if you are handy with a sewing machine or have a relative or friend who is a talented seamstress – perhaps they could make it for you as an early wedding present? Search ‘Wedding Dress Patterns’ on and you should find options for less than £10. There are some great vintage options on if you are going for a retro look. When it comes to choosing your material, you can be as creative as you like. Check out the lovely options on where you can choose the basic fabric for your dress, adding on embellishments and appliques to suit your taste and budget.


3. Designer label on a budget: I have always been a massive fan of the Biba dresses at House of Fraser. This iconic label gives us some of the most gorgeous shapes and materials for under £600 and you can indulge in that 70’s glamour puss feeling on your big day!


4. Go light hearted and summery – the wedding dresses at Monsoon are a big hit due to their flattering feminine shapes and brilliant price tags! Dresses are priced at an average of £200; this is proof that you don’t have to compromise to get an elegant dress on a budget.


5. Wear your own favourite dress: Who says that you have to wear a white gown? With the current trends for all things unique, it could be a great time to don your own favourite frock – be it a colourful silk maxi dress or a fun knee length tea dress, you know it fits you perfectly and makes you feel like a million dollars, so go for it!!


6. Get creative: Treat yourself to a new dress from your favourite shop and customise it. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a gorgeous dress from Oasis or Topshop and by customising with beads, lace, feathers or rhinestones you could get a really individual look that will turn heads and could end up costing you less than £100.


7. Mum’s the word: I loved my Mum’s wedding dress choice – she wore a beautiful gold silk strapless dress that looked so elegant and glamorous. As well as being a massively respectful nod to your family history, wearing one of your relative’s wedding dresses could mean that you get your big day dress for free! You may need to get a couple of amendments made by a seamstress to ensure the perfect fit, but the cost for these adjustments are usually minimal compared to the price of a new wedding dress.


8. Trawl the sales: Keep an eye on your local bridal boutique’s sale dates. You can get some fantastic deals on end of line gowns and ex-rental dresses that would otherwise be out of your budget. You can find some real gems if you are patient and it can be worth the hunt to shave £100’s off your dream dress.


9. Speak to a student: Students taking wedding dress and fashion design courses are usually on the lookout for models that they can use when creating their pieces. If you’re lucky and ask nicely, they might let you wear the finished article on your big day! Fashion colleges also run end of course fashion shows and sales, where you might be able to find yourself a bargain from an up and coming designer. Check in with local colleges that run fashion courses for more information.


10. Hire your dress: The boys hire their outfits, so why shouldn’t the girls? This will be a dress that you only wear once, so why not cash in on the savings potential of hiring your dress for the big day? You will have bags of choice from designers which might otherwise be just out of reach if you were looking to purchase. Have a look at  for dresses to hire from £195 and whose clear three tier charges (£95, £195 or £245) make it easy to choose your dress within your budget.


Happy Budget Wedding Dress Hunting!


Laura x