A mid-week Winter Wedding on a £5k Budget: Natalie and Andrew


Natalie and Andrew were married at The Lynnhurst Hotel in Renfrewshire, Scotland on the 12th December last year. Natalie decided to incorporate a Cadburys purple theme into their winter wedding and here she shares how she achieved her wedding day dreams on a frugal budget.


Natalie, tell us how you went about setting your wedding budget?
We calculated our income for the eight months that we had from setting the date to the actual wedding day, so we worked out roughly how much we could spare after all our other outgoings.  Once I had a rough figure I then started getting quotes on the cost of everything for wedding to make sure it was realistic.


What was the most important element of the wedding to you?
The most important element of the day was the gathering of the people I love the most to witness me marrying my soul mate. The atmosphere when I walked down the aisle was amazing, sensing all the happiness in the room.


And what was your most memorable moment?
Seeing my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle with my Dad and two year-old daughter. My little girl held our hands as we stood in front of the registrar, it was perfect.


Where did you spend the most?
My biggest spend was the venue, but it was also my biggest save as I got a half price midweek package. It is amazing how much less it costs to get married on a Wednesday when you are getting everything the exact same as you would on a Saturday!


What would be your top tips for our other readers?
Tips for brides to be on a similar budget would be to decide if it has to be a Saturday wedding as a venue would use up most of your budget and you would be left scrimping on other important things whereas midweek wedding will allow for more spending on other things!

Make a plan of when certain things need to be paid off such as the cake, wedding rings and photographer etc. Bearing in mind that full payments usually need to be paid six weeks before the big day, so include this in your budgeting plan.  Do not book the first service you look at! Most consultations are free of charge, so speak to a few photographers to see what packages they offer and if they will be doing any deals.  Make the most of cake-tasting open days at cake shops to ensure you like the taste of your wedding cake and not just the look.  Use eBay for the smaller things such as favours and bridesmaid and groomsmen keepsakes and gifts.  Also consider foam flowers, as the quality is amazing! They look so real, can be kept after your wedding and are often cheaper than fresh flowers.


How did your wedding budget break down?

Our total spend on wedding was £5,245
♥ Venue including ceremony room hire, chair cover and sashes hire and a four course meal for 48 guests, evening buffet for 100 guests and  toastmaster: £2,500

♥ Wedding cake: £150
♥ Photography by Stacey Macleod Photography: £295
♥ Flowers: £150
♥ Wedding dress from Berketex: £1,000
♥ Grooms outfit: £100
♥ Bridal accessories: £100
♥ Wedding Rings: £100
♥ Bridal Hair and bridesmaids including bride trial: £150
♥ Bridal Make up including a trial: £60
♥ Bridal tan and nails including trial: £60
♥ Bridal Lingerie: £80
♥ Wedding invites and other stationery: £70
♥ DJ: £180
♥ Evening centrepieces: £50
♥ Accommodation: £200

It sounds like you had an incredible wedding day on a £5k budget! Thank you for sharing all of your advice and tips with us Natalie and congratulations to you and Andrew 🙂

A beautiful waterside budget wedding in Ireland: Judith and Trevor


Judith and Trevor were married on the 15th June this year on a 5k budget at the Pier Head Hotel in Mullaghmore, Ireland.

Judith tells us a bit more about how she created the wedding she had always dreamed about on a realistic budget. Over to you Judith!


After being together for 10 years we decided that we always wanted a small wedding. £5,000 seemed like an affordable budget and we kept this figure in mind as we began to plan our day.

Being together in the place we loved so much was such an important element of our day. We actually got engaged there the year previously and we wanted to share our special memories with the people closest to us. Everyone was stunned by the beauty of our location!



My biggest spend was on the wedding dress; a Maggie Sottero ‘Lena’ purchased from Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage in Greysteel, Northern Ireland.

Our biggest save was probably the wedding cars. These were free as our Best Man’s family business is a car dealership! We had 2 new white BMW’s. We also had our photographs taken for free by my Uncle, an amateur photographer. Our entertainment was provided by the Hotel at no extra cost.



I would say to other Brides to Be on a budget to make sure you do what YOU want to do and don’t let family persuade you into things that are not vital and not special to you and your groom. Don’t try to put on a show for your guests by overspending, it’s your day and do what makes YOU happy as this will be the lasting memory once it is all over. Use your family and friends if they have a hobby/speciality as this can save big money – don’t be afraid to ask as they will most likely love to help out.



My favourite memory from the day was hearing the music begin as I waited outside the ceremony room, then walking up the aisle and seeing everyone’s faces, reaching Trevor as he turned and said “you look beautiful”. Trevor loves remembering hearing the guests whispering “she’s arrived” as the music starting to play.



Judith and Trevor’s total wedding budget was £5,150 – here’s how they made it work for them:

♥ Dress and shoes: Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage - £1,300
♥ Groom’s outfit: Reiss, Belfast - £450
♥ Rings: Sproules Jewellers- £610
♥ Room decorations: Bride and Room- £400
♥ Bridesmaids dresses: Coast - £450
♥ Reception: Pier Head Hotel - £1,275
♥ Flowers: Jayne Morris Creations - £230
♥ Hair and makeup for bride and bridesmaids: Ashburn Image - £255
♥ Cake: Quirky Cakes - £180
♥ Cars: James O’Hara Car Sales – Provided by the Best Man's family business for free
♥ Photographer – Provided by a family member for free
♥ Entertainment – Provided by the hotel and included in the venue fee



Thanks so much for sharing your wedding day and top tips with us Judith! Congratulations to you both 🙂 

Amethyst Weddings Guest Post – Dressing your Bridal Party on a Budget

Today I’m really pleased to share the next instalment of Budget Wedding Tips with you from one our Budget Beautiful Wedding Suppliers – Sian from Amethyst Weddings . Sian is a wedding planner and has plenty of ideas to help you max your budget for dressing your bridal party!

In part one I gave you hints and tips about organising the main aspects of your wedding day and how to keep costs down. Part two concentrates on dressing yourself and your bridal party.


Colour choice: If the wedding budget is tight, opt for a colour readily available on the high street. You will have less choice but trying to colour-match dresses, waistcoats, ties and so on can prove costly. Alternatively, finding a local seamstress and having everything made in the same colour and material can actually work out more cost effective.


Bridesmaids: Keep them to a minimum - each bridesmaid can cost a lot of money! You could ask them to contribute to their outfit costs but be fair and let them help choose; preferably a dress they can wear again. Or foot the bill and re-sell afterwards. Buy your bridesmaids jewellery and double it up as their thank you gift.


 Photo:  www.bhs.co.uk


Suits: Hire or buy? This depends on whether you want traditional style suits or contemporary.

* Modern style suits are readily available in high street stores and even in supermarket clothing departments.

* Hire costs often include waistcoats, ties and even shirts so check what is included carefully. There are a couple of hire companies that are internet-based; they send and collect via courier, often up to a week before the wedding to give you time to check your suits.

* If the budget won't stretch to dressing your groom's entourage, ask them to wear suits of their own in the same colour and consider buying matching ties or cravats. Cuff-links or tie pins will make lovely thank you gifts and help accessorise and differentiate the groomsmen from the other male guests.



Photo: www.pinterest.com/amethystwedding/suit-hire/


Bride's Dress: You can take a few different approaches to find your dream wedding dress on a budget.

* Shop on the high street; various high street names now stock a line of bridal gowns with prices starting as low as £115. These can be seasonal collections so they aren't always available 12 months of the year. You might consider trying your luck at their end-of-season sales. Sign up for email updates so you get notified of upcoming sales.

* Bridal shops and boutiques rotate their collections and will sell off end-of-line gowns to make way for new designs from the latest collections. These are usually twice a year. Always be honest when you visit; tell them your budget. Don't try on a dress you can't afford. Ask if you can purchase the sample gown, negotiate a discount as it could be slightly soiled as a result of regular shop use. Look around for shops that sell on pre-loved gowns on behalf of newly-weds.

* Search online marketplaces for used and as-new dresses. Even if it needs specialist cleaning it could save you a lot of money in the long run.



Photo: WB Bridal Outlet


With plenty of thought and consideration you can keep the costs to a minimum but still have a well dressed bridal party.


Thanks for sharing this with us Sian! If you would like to contact Amethyst Weddings to help you with your wedding planning, you can contact Sian direct on enquiries@amethystweddings.co.uk – her wedding planning services start from just £10!

Happy planning!

Laura xx

Your personal invitation to our last Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair of 2013!


Photo Credit: Danielle Mobbs


In less than two weeks, we will  be running our last Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair of 2013! I am pretty much bursting with excitement due to the amount that we have crammed into this event for you… We will be at The Eden Centre in Kettering www.budgetbridelive.com on Sunday 3rd November between 3pm and 7pm and if you are a bride to be in the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire areas, this is one wedding event you cannot afford to miss.

Photo Credit: Danielle Mobbs


Specially created for discerning brides on a budget who demand style and quality for their money, our Wedding Fairs showcase the most gorgeous suppliers who are all able to bring magic to your wedding day, and to help you achieve your dreams on the budget you have available.

So, take this as your personal invitation – we have the following all lined up for you on this fun filled afternoon…

-          A gorgeous goody bag filled with treats, money off vouchers and deals especially for you as a budget conscious bride in Northamptonshire

-          A delicious glass of Bucks Fizz on your arrival to get you in the mood…

-          Over 40 amazing exhibitors showcasing the very best in beauty, catering, stationery and entertainment (and many other categories) to make your day magical on the budget you have available

-          Pop up Wedding Dress Shops with exquisite dresses between £150 and £1000 to try on and buy on the day!

-          Fashion shows throughout the afternoon

-          Demonstrations from our amazing entertainment suppliers – including magician, DJ, hog roast and cake companies

-          Giveaways, samples and competitions on the day

-          Chance to enter a prize draw to win a gorgeous Bridal Pamper Hamper to spoil yourself silly with before your wedding day!

-          Free Entry and Free Parking


Photo Credit: Danielle Mobbs


What's more, the team who put together the amazing photos featured in this post will be at The Eden Centre to have a chat with you! Photography by Danielle Mobbs, Dresses from Elegantly Hitched, Flowers from Bloom In Scents, Styling from Through The Looking Glass Events… Just simply too good an opportunity to miss!

Photo Credit: Danielle Mobbs


So, pre-register your free place here www.budgetbridelive.com and we will be all ready to welcome you at the venue!

Photo Credit: Danielle Mobbs


Can’t WAIT to see you there!

Laura xx


PS: We have plenty more exciting wedding events to come in 2014 – just keep an eye on the wedding fair page for updates on locations and dates 🙂

Carnival Themed Wedding Photo Shoot


Morning peops! I’m celebrating my Birthday today and as a treat for you all, I’m thrilled to share this brilliant carnival themed photo shoot from Jo Richards Photography and The Berkshire Wedding Community with you!

Colour really does do it for me, and this shoot has colour inspiration by the bucket load. I am completely besotted with the blue netting on the wedding dress and the matching shoes are divine!

Let me know in the comments box if you are going to be choosing a colourful theme for your wedding!
















Carnival Shoot Details
Date : 13th August 2013
Venue : Ufton Court, Green Lane  Ufton Nervet, West Berkshire RG7 4HD
0118 983 2099
Contact : Julia Price

Berkshire Wedding Community Contributors :
Jo Richards Photography: www.jorichardsphotography.com
Andrea Fearon Floral Design: www.andreafearonfloraldesign.co.uk
Sarah Fuller Wedding Hair: www.sarahweddinghair.co.uk
Emma Rivers Bridal Make Up: www.emmariversbridal.co.uk
Digital Paper Studios: www.facebook.com/digitalpaperstudios
Sweetalicious: www.sweetalicious.co.uk
Iced Gems By Jane: www.icedgemsbyjane.co.uk
Indigo Sage: www.indigosage.co.uk
Confetti Bridal Centre: www.confettibridalcentre.co.uk

Other contributors :

Burtons Balloons Ltd: www.burtonsballoonsdecorandgifts.co.uk
Models : Laura Abraham and Warren Baxter


Have a great day!

Laura xxx

Beautiful Styled Wedding Photoshoot at Cogges Farm Wheat Barn


We do love a bit of Thursday morning wedding inspiration here at The Budget Bride Company! When the lovely Olivia, from Host Event Management who offer fantastic wedding planning services, let us know about a styled photo shoot that she had just worked on, we leaped at the chance to share it with all of you.

From the soft twinkling lights to the beautiful rustic touches throughout the shoot, we hope that you can lift some amazing ideas from this shoot for your own wedding day.



The shoot was held at the very idyllic setting of Cogges Manor Farm in the Oxfordshire Cotswold Town of Witney.  The Wheat Barn was used, which is now available to hold country style weddings and events and has a license to hold civil ceremonies.



Olivia says “I knew as soon as I saw the venue that I wanted to work with it in some capacity.  The Cotswold stone walls, the canopy of exposed beams coupled with a warm and inviting atmosphere got my creative head spinning! I contacted a team of wedding professionals who are based in the area and they gladly accepted to work on this project.”


We wanted to fit in with the style and natural ambience of the barn, so we decided on muted tones and rustic textures. We chose to use long tables as we wanted the room to have an informal feel.  Wooden fold up chairs with floral seat pads courtesy of local firm BHK Rentals set the look off, along with a very old farmyard cart which was sprinkled with fairy lights and really made the room come alive!


In terms of the styling we used white table linen and classic table ware, lace edged hessian table runners, pot plants, rustic and classic stationery and  pink and blue bunting to embellish the space.


The flowers were produced by Tracey from Distinctive Petals and really fit in well with the country style. The use of long tables naturally lead to using lots of small arrangements; jam jars were heavily incorporated, which are continuing to be a very popular trend for weddings. These were decorated with lace, twine and hessian to compliment the table runners.



Old fashioned milk bottles made an appearance, which really complimented the farm environment alongside some wrapped plants to complete the natural country garden theme.

Bundles of wheat were used with the table numbers – as we were working in The Wheat Barn, it seemed a natural choice to make! These were placed on rough wood off cuts with tea lights surrounding them giving a romantic look.



The real welcome addition to the barn itself was the courtyard area just outside. This was dressed as a relaxed lounge area with hay bale seating, floral fabrics, bay trees, flowers, the table plan and more bunting. You can imagine a hog roast or barbeque being served on a balmy Summers’ evening here.  We even had visits from the resident chickens and lambs!





As a focal point for the outside area, Tracey made a large jug of flowers with winding twigs and a selection of very seasonal flowers. Peonies, 'Boombastic' Spray Roses, Phlox, Cornflowers, Bluebells and again, lots of wheat. Attached to the twigs was the table plan, displayed on bundles of hay covered in a Cath Kidston style fabric which provided a lovely focal display at the guests would enter the reception barn.





As we were lucky enough to have the wonderful Katy- Lula to model, a bridal bouquet was created. The soft texture of Peonies against the harsher wheat, gave a great contrast. Colour was added by including some very delicate forget-me-nots and Lilac which was picked from Tracey’s garden! The hand tied posy was finished off with a hessian style ribbon and pearl pins to compliment the rest of the designs in the barn as well as the bride’s pearl jewellery.



Samantha from The Pretty Cake Company created a petite three tier ivory wedding cake trimmed with pale champagne satin ribbon and an ivory lace overlay. Sugar arrangements of ivory blush roses, white stocks and wheat were used to decorate. A small lace bow on the bottom tier finishes the look. The cake is displayed on a vintage glass pedestal cake stand and housed in an ornate cast iron display stand.




Jessica Mills our make-up and hair artist went for a boho inspired look with the hair and very natural makeup on Katy-Lula.  Pearl jewellery was added to give a classic wedding  look.



Neil Hanson photographed the details so well, and Justin and Alison from Vogue Wedding Films created a ‘behind the scenes’ view for us, which is so nice to look back on as we all had such fun working on this shoot!

You can check out the Behind the Scenes Video here!


Thank you so much for sharing your shoot with us Olivia! You can check out all of the gorgeous suppliers who made this styled shoot possible below.

Laura x


Featured Suppliers:

Venue – Cogges Manor Farm www.cogges.org.uk

Planner/Stylist – Host Event Management www.hosteventmanagement.co.uk

Florist – Distinctive Petals www.distinctivepetals.co.uk

Photographer – Neil Hanson www.nordicpics.co.uk

Make-up & Hair – Jessica Mills Make-up Artist www.jessicamillsmakeup.co.uk

Cake – The Pretty Cake Company www.theprettycakecompany.co.uk

Videography – Vogue Wedding Films www.vogueweddingfilms.co.uk

Tableware – Elegant Cuisine Catering www.elegantcuisine.com

Stationery – Littlebird Desgins www.littlebirdweddings.co.uk

Bunting – The Oxford Bunting Company www.oxfordbuntingco.blogspot.co.uk

Furniture Hire – BHK Rentals www.bhkrentals.co.uk

Jewellery – Forever Nina www.forevernina.co.uk

Model – Katy Lula

Real Life Budget Bride – Harry Potter Themed Wedding

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andycastro/6474894897/


Today, I’m very pleased to introduce you to the lovely Jasmine Potter – a real life bride to be on a budget who is going to share her story (and top tips!) with us! Jasmine is going to be marrying her Beau on the 16th August in a Harry Potter themed wedding.



Hi Jasmine! Tell us a little bit about how you met your fiancé and how you got engaged?

Well, we first met when we worked together in a record shop in Hampshire. We were really good friends for a few years and then we started dating. I knew we were getting engaged as we’d talked about it for almost a year before it happened and had chosen the ring in January of last year. He proposed at Legoland in the form of a story inside my birthday card and when I’d finished reading it he was down on one knee with a Lego ring box he had designed and put together himself with the ring inside!



What has been your favourite part of planning your wedding so far?

I think my favourite part has been delivering the invites. As we are going to be having a very small wedding and all the invites were wax sealed, we wanted to hand deliver them. Everyone loved the invites and the theme that we had decided on, so it was really special to see their reactions.


Did you have quite a tight budget to stick to and how did you make the most of it?

Our original budget was £1,000 but we had to stretch it to £2,000 as my dress was a lot more expensive than we had been planning! I just couldn’t put my faith and judgement into a mail order wedding dress knowing that I couldn’t try it on first and wouldn’t be able to easily send it back. Other wedding items also ended up costing a bit more than I had expected too. We haven’t spent the full £2,000 but it was nice to have a bit more to play with.


What is your best money saving tip for other brides on a budget?

I have so many! I would say to every bride, this is the most important day of your life but it doesn’t have to cost the earth like lots of weddings do these days. Spending a lot of money won’t necessarily give you the effect that you want, however putting lots of time and thought into planning can give you the wedding you’ve dreamed of. Be prepared to spend at least 6 months of hard research to find the cheapest deals! Don’t go for the first person you see and don’t be worried about asking for a discount - suppliers are always willing to give even a few pounds off because they want your business. Also ebay! Never be afraid of buying things off Ebay, I bought our ties off there for £1.99 there and they look just like the house ties from the Harry Potter films! And finally check out registry offices.  I know lots of people want a big hotel or gardens and shudder at the thought of a registry office, but there are so many beautiful places you can hold a personalised ceremony for around £200. Having a registry office ceremony does not have to mean compromising your vision.


Who have been your favourite budget wedding suppliers that you have used so far?

By far my favourite supplier so far is our wedding photographer! Carl and Dan of 1 Thousand Smiles photography are amazing and I managed to find them on gumtree with a fabulous offer of the entire days’ wedding photography for £280.   Whilst their normal package prices aren’t quite that cheap (Six hours for £595 with both photographers is their standard package) they are always running offers and discounts to take advantage of. Carl and Dan are really easy to chat to so it’s worth speaking to them whatever your budget might be. They always give you copyright on your photos too, so no need to buy any additional photographs if you don’t want to.


Have you done much DIY?

We have done some DIY. We are constructing all of my Harry Potter Lego sets as decorations, we’re making a fingerprint castle (instead of a fingerprint tree) and are making our own order of the day booklets. We’re also doing our own sweet table but that’s just a case of putting some sweets into some cauldrons really. Oh and I knitted our ring cushion as it’s the shape of a golden snitch! These are very expensive to buy as anything Harry Potter tends to come with a hefty price tag!


What are you looking forward to the most on your wedding day?

Firstly and foremost, it will be getting married to my fabulous fiancé! So that aside I am looking forward to all of the guests enjoying what we have created. We’re doing all of the decorating, having lots of Harry Potter themed decorations and even a wand toss in place of a flower one! I just can’t wait to see our guests enjoying our Harry Potter themed wedding day.



Tell us more about why you have chosen to have a themed wedding?

I know many people see themed weddings as cheesy or tacky but I have found having a theme has saved me a ton of money. Instead of having to buy all of the wedding stuff for decorations, I found that I could be more inventive and use plastic cauldrons for sweets, lego as decorations and even invites were cheaper because I could make them on vista print rather than a bespoke wedding invite company. I also found that entertaining guests is much easier because you can make the room an adventure… I won’t go into it too much in case the guests see this, but every person is involved in the adventure and it has cost me about £20 for decorations and interactional bits. I definitely think themed weddings are the way forward for budget brides, it means that you can have a theme personal to you and your other half and also makes the day even more memorable.


What advice would give to other brides to be regarding your wedding guest list?

As most brides know, no matter how you scrimp and save, the number of the guests eat up most of the budget ( literally!). I've found on so many help pages people worrying because of family opinions on who should and shouldn’t be invited. We are having an intimate gathering of just close friends and family and if you make that clear from the start, your family will understand. We can't all spend £10,000 on catering and a massive venue, so if you just want your nearest and dearest then just invite them. It also means that you can have a less formal meal, like a buffet or a hog roast which cuts the cost in half for serving staff and even the amount of tables, as you can have a few long tables rather than lots of little tables dotted around which will save on table linen and table plans! Remember it's your day, so have it how you want and with who you want.


What would be your best piece of advice for all of our other Budget Bride Company readers?

In times of austerity as we live in today, remember that whilst spending £20,000 on a wedding will buy you a lot, that £20,000 could have been the deposit on a house, spent on an unforgettable honeymoon or just to be put aside for the future. If you can have the wedding that I have planned on a £2,000 budget, spending a further £5,000 could make something even more spectacular. You just have to be prepared to do the leg work and to go for dresses in the sale or deal with sellers on eBay, And finally sign up to vista print! If you get their newsletter they are always doing discounts on invites, postcards and lawn signs etc. I have bought banners, posters and almost the entirety of our invites from them.


Thank you so much for sharing your budget wedding tips with us Jasmine – it sounds like you have achieved so much on your budget. We can’t wait to hear all about how the big day went! We hope you enjoy every minute of it 🙂


Laura xx

Keira Knightley, we salute you.


We all know that last month, the beautiful Brit that is Keira Knightley married her Beau, James Righton, in the South of France. The world seemed to be in shock that such a successful A-Lister would choose to have a low budget wedding, so we thought it would be a great time to take a moment to appreciate Keira’s special day, her way.

At The Budget Bride Company, we have always been huge fans of plenty of love and happiness with a little bit of affordable luxury on your wedding day and we think that Keira has pulled off that ethos beautifully. With just 12 guests for the ceremony and then a party for around 50 afterwards, Keira and James kept the whole wedding beautifully simple.

By choosing to wear a dress which is believed that she may have previously worn and jumping into an old Renault Clio after the ceremony, Keira clearly sent out the message to the world that her marriage to James was at the top of the agenda - not creating a PR frenzy over an extravagant ‘do’.

I think we can take some fantastic inspiration from Keira. By keeping your guest list to those you really care about and are close to, wearing a dress that you love and making the vows the main point of the day, you can have a beautiful, love filled low-key wedding.

And if it’s good enough for head of design at Channel, Karl Lagerfeld, who dubbed her wedding as ‘perfect’, then it’s good enough for us too 🙂

Congratulations Keira and James!

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  www.somethingborrowedbridal.co.uk

Photography:  www.daringtodreamphotography.co.uk

Styling: www.throughthelookingglassevents.co.uk

Make-up:  www.makeupbyainsley.co.uk

Flowers: www.flowersbycharlottedavies.co.uk

Cake: www.cakesfromtheheart.co.uk

VW Camper Van:  www.fundubbinoccasions.co.uk

Occasional Wear: www.carolynscollection.co.uk

The Venue: Barton Hall: www.bartonhall.com

Create your own Wedsite


 Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nadircruise/7186674733/


I recently attended a wedding where the couple had created their very own wedding website to help communicate information and updates to their guests as well as providing a platform for sharing some gorgeous information to help celebrate the run up to the wedding day. In this age of mobiles, tablets and laptops, I thought that this was a fantastic way to keep in touch with guests and to help them feel involved with the day.

Would you like to create your very own wedding space on the web where you can share your news? We have had a look through some of the best free wedding websites around so that you can look into setting one up for your wedding day. Just choose your favourite, follow the easy instructions and you’ll have your own site in no time. Why not send out the website address to your guests with your wedding invitations?


♥ This Wedding Paper Divas site offers stylish templates and a (really!) easy to create format


These templates look lovely and clean and allow you to create an information packed website showcasing all of your wedding details.


♥ This easy to use option offers online RSVP, lots of space for photos and room for you to create your own custom pages.


Offbeat Bride have partnered up with mywedding.com to bring you wedding websites that will be right up your street if you want something a little bit quirky or different. Loads of different templates to choose from and plenty of room for your own personal Blog, upload of photos and music requests from your guests for the DJ at your reception.

♥ This is a really pretty, nice straightforward site to use. There are three nicely laid out templates to choose from.


Happy website building! Send us across your link if you would like to share with your fellow Budget Brides…

Love from Laura xx