Real Life Fifties Styled Budget Wedding: Elaine and Bryan

Real Life Fifties Themed Budget Wedding

I was so happy to get this gorgeous Fifties styled budget wedding land into my inbox and I had to share with you as soon as I could! Elaine and Bryan married on a budget of 5,000Euros (just over £4,000) in Ireland. Here, Elaine shares her story and wedding day tips with us…

 Tell us a little bit about how you met Bryan and how you got engaged?

I met Bryan on a night out in County Waterford in Ireland. We were both Scottish so with that in common we got on well straight away. We were together for a while and had a little boy when Bryan asked me to marry him; I was very shocked as he had never been keen on getting married! The plans were put on the backburner for a while and we had another baby, a little girl. After she was born we started to think seriously about having an actual wedding!

Real Life Fifties Themed Budget Wedding

What was your favourite part of planning your wedding?

I actually loved all of it! I’m a creative person and I work as a photographer so I knew quite a bit about weddings and that we wanted to do something different, so it was definitely a challenge! We also didn't want to spend a lot on the wedding, so we had to do it on a very tight budget which meant lots of DIY.

Real Life Fifties Themed Budget Wedding

What was your wedding Budget and how did you make the most of it?

We had about €5000 to spend and to do this we needed to find a venue that would let us plan a much simpler menu and find suppliers that would work with us on our ideas, hence the five wedding cakes instead of one!

Real Life Fifties Themed Budget Wedding

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

Think differently - you can get some amazing ideas from blogs and websites that aren't necessarily traditional and will cost less. The most important thing is to have fun planning your wedding and to have fun on the day, so if little details don't work out it's not a problem. Also make sure you talk to the venue and tell them your ideas. We got married on Kippure Estate in Wicklow and they tailored the wedding to our requirements within our budget and made sure we had thought of every detail! We also did not have a traditional meal but instead gave all of our guests milkshakes, burgers and fries with apple pie for dessert which was a big hit.

Real Life Fifties Themed Budget Wedding

 

Real Life Fifties Themed Budget Wedding

 

Who were your favourite budget wedding suppliers?

I had so many!!! Maria from www.mariaslittlewrappers.com made us the coolest little chocolates in the shape of old 45 records as our favours and I found the most amazing cake maker The Swell Bakeshop who made us five different cakes all with an American Diner theme which cost us much less than a traditional wedding cake. I think the most useful cost cutting was actually the dress which I got from Bella Bleu in Cork, I loved it when I tried it on but it was raw silk and way out of my price range, the owner of the shop offered to have it made in a cheaper fabric which still looked gorgeous and was a fraction of the price (and didn't crease!). I also managed to get some Elvis converse for dancing at night, my shoes would never have lasted!

Real Life Fifties Themed Budget Wedding

 

Real Life Fifties Themed Budget Wedding

Did you do much DIY?

LOTS!! I made the bouquets myself from buttons, we got some fab sweets from Candy Cabin in Edinburgh and put them in sundae glasses for centrepieces. We printed out pictures of Fifties icons and used them as table names, I set up my own photo booth with a backdrop and camera on a tripod and we printed photo booth props from the internet for everyone to use for a pic. We also decorated the room ourselves the night before the wedding with paper pompoms and Diner posters. We also bought a job lot of old 45 records from eBay then had a designer create us a record sleeve for them. She gave us the template and we printed and cut them all out and used them as invitations.

Real Life Fifties Budget Wedding

Real Life Fifties Budget Wedding

What did you enjoy most on your wedding day?

The whole day; we made sure it was very personal, so my uncle dressed in a teddy boy suit and blue suede shoes and drove myself and my dad to the venue in a Fifties car. My brother in law sang ‘I've got you under my skin’ for our first dance which was a very special moment. 

Real Life Fifties Budget Wedding

Real Life Fifties Budget Wedding

 

What would be your best piece of advice for all of our other Budget Bride Company readers?
Do things your way and research different ideas and possibly themes to help you to pull your day together. Tell suppliers your ideas and see if they can come up with cost cutting ways of realising your dreams without bankrupting you in the process!

Real Life Fifties Budget Wedding

Congratulations Elaine and Bryan, what an awesome wedding! Thank you for sharing your day with us 🙂  

Laura xx

All photographs by Linda Clarke Photography

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

Todays real life black and white themed budget wedding took place at The Brecon Castle Hotel in South Wales. This lovely couple celebrated with their friends and family at a Black and White themed wedding that Sian had been dreaming of for years…

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

 

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

We meet through work, we worked in different departments so didn’t really interact with each other but we eventually met on a works night out. It took us a while to become an item, but we did and eventually moved in together.

We had a child and had recently moved into a new house so getting married just seemed the next logical step. We decided to get engaged whilst on Holidays in Tenby, we bought the ring, but Luke wouldn’t let me wear it until he had asked my dad properly and this turned into a bit of a comedy sketch as every time he went to ask my father, someone would interrupt! We eventually got engaged in a local Italian restaurant and of course I said YES!!

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

What was your favourite part of planning your wedding?

If I am completely honest I wasn’t the best wedding planner, I didn’t really enjoy all the hype and importance that was placed on every decision. I was a very laid back bride!  I didn’t really understand how the smallest things could turn some people into crazy women! My family were getting more stressed because I wasn’t moving fast enough for them!  

I did however enjoy looking for a venue; we would book the visit with the venues wedding co-ordinator under my name, and then we would book a meal before we met the wedding planner in Luke’s name. That way we could taste the food and get a feel for the venue atmosphere without feeling that we were trying to be ‘wined and dined’ into choosing them. We could also get a feeling for the level of service provided, which for me was a bit part of the decision.

 

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

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

We didn’t have a strict budget although I was very money conscious through the whole process, I just felt having just bought a house and with having a small child, spending thousands of pounds on a wedding wouldn’t really be the best thing to do.

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

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

Shop around! Our invitations were taken from an idea I found on a website but were actually printed in our local printers shop along with information cards & RSVP cards for a fraction of the price.

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

It doesn’t have to labelled as ‘wedding’ to be suitable for a wedding; for example, decorations and cards they may not scream wedding, but if you like them and they suit your theme, go with them.

Don’t feel like you have to use one company. I hired one company to do my chair covers and centre pieces, but they couldn’t provide the table clothes I wanted or the centre pieces I had in mind, so I found another local company and with a mixture of the two companies I got the look that I had been thinking about.

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

Winter is cheaper; we got married in Brecon at the end of November. I resigned myself to the fact the weather may not be the best, but the package the hotel provided was far better value than if we had held the wedding in the summer. My photographer was prepped for the wedding and had looked at the venue for photo opportunities should the weather take a turn for the worst. However, we couldn’t have asked for better! The sun was so bright that this actually caused the photographer problems!

Who were your favourite budget wedding suppliers?

Ebay! My bridesmaids dresses, decorations, table settings, veil, petticoat, flower girl wand, favours, all came off Ebay. My favours were hot chocolate cones, which I found on EBay made by a lady starting her business. She thankfully agreed to make my favours at a fraction of the cost and they were a massive hit. My bridesmaids dresses also came off EBay and were ridiculously cheap; I was apprehensive but thankfully my sister in law is a very good seamstress, so I figured if they were dreadful she could help. It turns out they were perfect and my sister in law said she couldn’t have bought the fabric for the price I paid for the dresses.

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

What did you enjoy most on your wedding day?

I was so nervous, but when we sat down for the wedding breakfast, I looked around at all our family and friends having a good time, and thought, that’s why I’ve done this! All I wanted out of my day was that everyone enjoyed themselves and were relaxed and could have fun.

Did you have a theme for your wedding day and if so, how did you decide on it?

The theme for the wedding was black and white; that has always been the theme that I knew I would have. But I wanted it too look romantic as well as classic. So I opted for candle and white feather centrepieces on black table clothes to soften the look slightly. I also opted for one shoulder flowing dresses for the bridesmaids to create a softer look.

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

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

Relax! Hire a venue that you feel comfortable in and if they have a wedding planner available, make use of them. Brecon castle hotel had a wedding planner called Sam, she was absolutely amazing! Everything ran like clockwork because of her and her team. Call in favours, if you family or friends that can make something that will save you money, ask them.

Black and White Themed Budget Wedding: Sian and Luke

 

 

Congratulations Sian and Luke – what an amazing wedding day on a budget 🙂

Laura xx

Photos courtesy of Samantha Cox Photography

 

Real life Wedding in Cyprus: Jasmin and Russ

 

Real Life Cyprus Wedding on a Budget

I’m so excited to share the wedding of my beautiful friend Jasmin and her husband Russ. Jasmin and Russ decided to get married on the spur of the moment whilst on holiday in Cyprus - I love this story for the whirlwind excitement and total romance of having a Wedding planned over just a couple of days…

 

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

Wow! It was so long ago! I met him when I was 15 and I was head over heels; couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, all the cliché’s! We didn’t get engaged as such; at the grand old age of 30, I wanted him to be more than my boyfriend, I wanted to get married and he wasn’t so keen. I had a grown-up chat with him and we agreed that we wanted different things. It was all very amicable and we went to bed having been totally honest about the future. The next morning, my then boyfriend gave me a massive cuddle and said ‘let’s get married - not because I feel pressured or forced but because I want to get married’. It was so beautiful!

Real Life Cyprus Wedding on a Budget

What was your favourite part of planning your wedding?

It was a bit of a shotgun wedding – we decided on the Tuesday (whilst on holiday with our best mates in Cyprus) morning to get married and were married on the Friday morning – so can’t do this question justice! I suppose my favourite things were deciding on my dress and flowers.

Real Life Cyprus Wedding on a Budget

What was your wedding Budget and how did you make the most of it?

As we had no idea we were getting married, we didn’t really have a budget to work to! But we ended up spending around £3,500.

 

What did you enjoy most on your wedding day?

Literally every single second! I laughed from the minute I woke to the minute I went to bed. I was totally consumed by my new Hubs! Oh, and the guaranteed sun helped too!

Real Life Cyprus Wedding on a Budget

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

Make super sure the day is about you and your future husband. As ours was an unexpected but beautiful wedding, we just had our best friends there (who we had gone to visit). I missed my family so much and will always have a small regret that they weren’t there. However, it was perfect in so many ways. Me and hubs were totally consumed with our love, the commitment we were making to one another and that is crucial. Favours, flowers, cars and cakes certainly make the day special, but don’t forget why you are there!! Where possible, create personal touches that reflect you both!

 

Real Life Cyprus Wedding on a Budget

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us Jas! 🙂

 

Laura xx

Real Life Budget Wedding – Karla and James

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

Todays Real Life Budget Wedding is with Karla and James who married with a budget of £5,000 on the 27th August last Summer near Chichester.

Karla and James created an incredible wedding celebration planned during a seven month engagement. Karla told us a bit more about how she created the wedding she dreamt of on the budget she had available…

 

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

James and I knew of each other from school but got talking when I was on a night out with my cousin. She also met her fiancé that night! We got engaged the day before my 25th birthday, after a walk in the snow near Arundel Castle. I knew something was up as we're not normally people who go for walks for fun! The engagement was only 7 months and so we had been together 3 years when we got married. 

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

What was your favourite part of planning your wedding?

 I enjoyed most of it, especially buying things - I loved receiving packages! My favourite parts were ordering my dress, looking at venues, getting together with the girls and planning the hen night, making food with my mum and eating trial cake!

 

What was your wedding Budget and how did you make the most of it?

 Our budget was £5,000. We saved most of the money on the Ceremony and Reception venues and also the catering. We had a gorgeous ceremony at Wiston House, Steyning and stayed for a couple of hours for drinks and photos. Therefore the only cost was for the ceremony room and drinks. We then moved on to Boxgrove Village Hall, where we did the catering ourselves. We had a buffet of breads, cheeses, meats, quiches, pastas, salad, fruit, home-made brownies, cupcakes and sweets. We also had filled rolls, tortilla chips and home-made cakes for the evening. 

We also saved on my dress and flowers. I bought my dress from eBay, and all bouquets and buttonholes were made by James’ Mum. 

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

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

 Use family and friends skills where they are willing to help! Our Wedding Cake and Flowers were made by friends, our photos were taken by a friend, our favours were cupcakes made by my Step-Mum, and her friends supplied 6 quiches. A lot of family offered to help with the catering, so get people to bring along a cake or dish!  

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

Who were your favourite budget wedding suppliers?

Reggie's bars were awesome, we hired them for drinks at the hall. The prices were good and they were friendly and organised. The Works have great invitations for only £5, which can be personalised and accessorized. Moss Bros in Hove were helpful and had great deals and it was cheaper to buy the suits than hire. And of course Wiston House, best value for money and the staff are lovely. 

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

Tell us more about how you used DIY to save money on your Wedding?

Apart from food, most of the decorations were also DIY. I spent days with my Mum and Sister making pompoms and bunting. I also bought lanterns and the night before there was about 16 people hanging lanterns and pompoms! Get friends to help, decorating takes longer than it looks! Making tissue paper pompoms is so much cheaper than buying them and they're simple to make. For the bunting I used thick pastel-patterned paper and ribbon from Hobby Craft. Instead of table names, each table had a photo of one of our pets. 

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

What did you enjoy most on your wedding day?

Seeing James, the bouncy castle and the speeches! My 5-year old nephew thought the best men's jokes were hilarious, and I was crying with laughter. 

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

 

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

Enjoy the engagement, enjoy your big day and don't worry! Just relax, make time for each other and it will be a beautiful day.

£5k Budget Wedding: Karla and James

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous day with us Karla! Congratulations to both of you 🙂

You can catch up with all of our other gorgeous Real Life Budget Wedding stories here. Would you like to be featured on the Blog? Just check out our Submissions Page and drop us a line!

Laura xx

Photographs by Ali Khan

Real Life Nautical Themed French Wedding – Hannah and RoRo

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

I’m so proud and happy to be sharing this wonderful Nautical Themed French Wedding with you today 😀 One of my most lovely friends, Hannah, married her dream boy on the 3rd August last Summer in Brittany, France.

This gorgeous pair decided to marry in RoRo’s home town of Quiberon which opened up an amazing opportunity for a seaside themed wedding. After searching high and low for a venue that was going to be well suited to their bohemian style, Hannah and RoRo settled on a boat for their venue! What better way to celebrate your vows that afloat in the ocean?

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

The total spend for this amazing nautical venue was 2,000€ and included the hire of the boat along with strawberries and champagne for the guests.

Hannah kept her budget in check by hiring a French Wedding Co-ordinator who was able to negotiate the best possible rates for the London based couple. From liaising with the caterers to setting up the venue for the reception, the Wedding Co-ordinator was definitely one of Hannah’s best money saving tips to share with other brides wanting a destination wedding sans dramas!

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

Hannah made the most of her budget by choosing her feminine nautical themed bridesmaids dresses from River Island. Hannah chose her own £40 shoes from Next and wore silk flowers in her hair that she had nabbed from her Mum’s bathroom! She also tucked a photo of her Grandpa into her bouquet which was such a nice way for him to be with her on the day.

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

To transport the guests from the harbor over the reception venue, the couple hired this horse drawn ‘carriage’ to transport their guests for 150€.

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

 At the venue after the wedding, the room was decked with seashells and starfish for favours which cost around £1 each and hundreds of fairy lights which added a magical atmosphere for the guests.

 A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

Hannah had a very specific idea for how she wanted to present her table plans and came up with this great idea! The photo frames cost around 20€ and she attached these to shutter style screens at the venue.

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

Hannah and RoRo decided to celebrate with an amazing multi leveled cheese cake. Just looking at this picture makes me hungry!

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

Hannah and RoRo used an old fishing boat for an impromptu photo booth which the wedding party clearly loved!

A Nautical themed wedding in France: Hannah and RoRo

Congratulations to you both, you lovely pair and thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous Nautical Themed French Wedding with us 😀

Big French Love,

Laura xxx

All photos courtesy of Raymond Lin Photography

Real Life Budget Wedding for £2,500: Lucie and Carl

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

 

Lucie and Carl had a real life budget wedding, with a strict limit of £2,500 for their celebrations. And they certainly carried it out in style! Lucie tells us a bit more about how she managed to have the day (and diamonds!) she wanted, on the wedding budget she had available…

 

It began with the ring.  I simply adore diamonds and I wanted a nice ring, but knew we couldn't afford what I wanted. I discovered enhanced diamonds on eBay, and mentioned them to Carl.  He researched them too (unbeknown to me!), and when he proposed I got a ring slightly larger than 1 carat, which is stunning, and in the classic knife edge Tiffany style. Carl had bought the ring at Christmas; that's another tip about eBay, if you buy during the holidays you can usually snap up a bargain! I used this ethos for the rest of the wedding budgeting.   My ring cost £840, but even though it's been enhanced, it's still a diamond and it's valued at £5,500.  I love it because it was such a budget find but looks so lovely!

 

As my engagement ring was a classic Tiffany design, I wanted a classic Tiffany wedding band, and so we went to London to buy a very simple ring that would make the engagement ring "pop".  I did love the band in Tiffany's, but it was around £800 which was way over my wedding budget, so having looked at all the jewellery shops for months to try and find a simple slender wedding band, I finally found one in Argos for £24.99.  It looks as pretty as the Tiffany one, but an absolute bargain.  I constantly get women complementing my rings and I always smile to myself - if only they knew!

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

I'm very artistic, so I decided that I would do everything I could for the day myself.  I designed the wedding invitations with an Alice in Wonderland theme and jazzed up the envelopes with glitter to make each one individual.

 

I decided to create my own flowers for the wedding day and worked with faux flowers so I could work on them a little at a time, saving money and time.  I bought fake flowers from eBay and I went on YouTube to find out how to make a bouquet, and similar flowers for the Flower Girls, the centre pieces, and all the button holes.  My Mum had passed away the year before our wedding, and I wanted something of her on the day so within my bouquet I added some faux diamonds to bling it up, and some pearls my Mum had given me as a Christmas decoration. I looked on Pinterest for examples of modern bling bouquets and used them as an example of what I wanted.  All in all I spent around £80 on the flowers.

 

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

 

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

 

I made the cake myself, and as some of my guests didn't like wedding cake, I also made some cupcakes.  I don't have a lot of experience baking cakes, but again I relied on Pinterest for what I wanted, and I borrowed a cake decorating magazine from a friend that had a step-by-step guide of how to make flowers out of icing.  I had so many compliments for my shabby chic cake, and it really cost a fraction of the cost of a usual cake. I spent around £60 on the cake and cupcakes in total.

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

 

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

 

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

I bought my dress from TKMaxx for £59.99.  I wanted a glamorous dress, and it was a replica of Pippa Middleton's Bridesmaid dress, only it was in satin.  I have spent more on a dress for work, but my reasoning is I'd wear a dress for work again and again but I'd wear my wedding dress for a few hours so I couldn't bring myself to spend a lot on that.  I bought brand new shoes that cost me £3.50 – another great eBay find!

 

I wanted a very glamorous feather shawl and I spent a lot of time bidding on some on eBay that were around £85 but at the back of my mind I wasn't happy at spending that much, so I kept my eye out, and low and behold I managed to get one for £13.50.  Again it was like new, so I was delighted.

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

I did all my make-up myself, so that didn't cost a thing, but I did have an up-do done at Toni and Guy and that was around £35. Everyone that came to the wedding thought I looked very glamorous and to think that my entire Bridal look cost around £87, I was very happy at all the compliments!

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

We only had 30 guests at our wedding, which I know is much smaller than most people, but I only wanted people that really mattered and I wanted it to be very intimate.  We really couldn't decide at all where to have the Reception, so last Valentine's Night we went out to our local restaurant and I realised that I loved it there, so we asked the Manager if he would open it especially for us.  They actually do wedding receptions in the larger part of the restaurant, but it would have been a standard few grand.  I was adamant that I wanted a very intimate atmosphere so he agreed to open up his restaurant just for us.  We had a free bar, and the entire day cost around £850.  

At the Reception I also got a Wishing Tree.  Again I bought this on eBay, but it was a reject, so I had to paint it.  It cost around £14.  I then bought some luggage labels, and I aged them, and added glitter, and left out a pen so the guests could write down their wishes for us. These cost around £1.75.

Real Life Budget Wedding on a £2,500 budget - Lucie and Carl

We did have a professional photographer, but we saved on his price by having photos only at the venue, so we got a real life budget wedding package of video and 400 photos for £500.  

My husband bought a lovely suit, but he was going to anyway, so I wouldn't count that in the price of the wedding because he continues to wear it today. So, all in all, including the rings, the wedding, the Reception all came in at £2,500 which I am so proud of as we had such a wonderful day.  

It sounds like a cliche but it really was one of the happiest day of my life.  I guess I waited a lot longer than most brides as I'll be 50 in a four years. It was truly worth the wait!

 

Thanks so much for sharing your real life budget wedding day with us Lucie! Congratulations to both of you and well done on achieving such a lovely day on a £2,500 budget 😀

You can catch up with all of our other gorgeous real life budget weddings here and if you would like to have your own wedding featured on, just drop us a line - we would love to hear from you!

Laura xo

 

Photographs by Martin Banks

A creative and colourful DIY Budget Wedding for £5,000 – Ivanya and Peter

Real life Budget Wedding - Ivanya and Peter

Ivanya and Peter were married September last year in a tiny medieval church near Folkestone. With a tight budget of £5000, Ivanya really went to town with her creativity, ensuring that her and Peter could throw a DIY Budget Wedding to be proud of!

Ivanya, tell us how you and Peter met?
We initially met through my best friend Charlotte and his best friend Ashley, who happen to be brother and sister. The first time was on a New Year’s Eve get together; I walked in and thought ‘he’s handsome’, but unfortunately he didn’t say very much! Then, later the next year I went to Charlotte’s Blessing, and there was Peter again. We had a group photo, all huddled in together and there were Peter and I on the end - with him standing about a foot away from me! Turns out he was shy around me  So it took a drunken encounter in a dodgy nightclub, before we actually properly spoke for the first time and the rest is history!

What was your total wedding budget?
£5,000 and we didn’t go over! We did get some help from our relatives however – my sister in law made our cupcakes and my Mum bought my dress, so we were very lucky in that respect.

Tell us about the day…
The service and atmosphere was stunning and we were so lucky that as the vicar announced us as married and we turned round to face the congregation, a stream of sunlight flooded through the windows and lit us up! It really set the tone for a gorgeous wedding day.
DIY Budget Wedding - Ivanya and Peter

The church was decorated by some local ladies, who charged a reasonable price and after the Ceremony, we were able to take some of these flowers to the reception hall, to add some extra decoration.
I had bought fairy lights and beaded silver coasters chargers etc to decorate the hall in the Christmas sales. All alcohol for the tables and toasts I bought when Sainsbury's had offers on wine and half price Brut. It cost under£200 for 75 people! As it was my first order online, I also received a discount. I took advantage of lots of company’s offers for first time online ordering which helped and I got my bunting and paper pom poms and cup cake holders on offer from Lakelands.

Village Hall Budget Wedding

DIY Budget Wedding table styling

We really wanted this DIY budget wedding to be fun, comfortable and unofficial for families! We had a village hall for our wedding reception venue with a local band called Liquid Jacket playing and a Spotify playlist for DJ afterwards!

Budget DIY Wedding

Budget Wedding Ivanya and Peter

Budget Wedding Entertainment

We know that you’re a creative kind of girl – what did you do to make this DIY Budget Wedding a success?

I made myself a brooch bouquet with lots of sentimental pieces incorporated within it, which I used as a decoration on our table at reception , as didn't look right with my last minute dress!

Budget Wedding Button Bouquet

I scoured charity shops and antique markets and collected lots of glassware and ceramic pieces to use as reception decoration and to create a sweet table for favours. I sewed all of the favour bags for the sweets, with an initial on each.

Budget wedding table decorations DIY
 I had some of my bridesmaids round one evening and we decorated picture frames with famous quotes about love as our table numbers. My bridesmaid made the most fabulous table plan out of a canvas, string, luggage labels and flowers . We also decorated jam jars for flowers on tables.
Budget Wedding Table Plan

I designed my own invite cards. There ended up being quite a lot of cutting out and assembling involved and two of my bridesmaids helped with this - it really did take a lot of man (lady!) hours to do these - more than I thought.

Budget Wedding DIY Decoration Ideas

Tell us about the Dress!
I managed to get my dress last minute, after two unsuccessful attempts to make my own. I ended up with a designer dress worth over £1100 for £600! I can certainly recommend not leaving it too late to create your own wedding dress! Make sure your dress (if you are mad enough to make your own!) is made well in advance. I kept putting it off! I did a lot of research into dress shapes for my body shape, but when I made it and put it on, it just wasn’t as flattering as I had hoped.
Budget DIY Wedding

What would be your top tips to share with other brides wanting a DIY Budget Wedding?
I got all my bridesmaid dresses and shoes in sales and opted for dressy dresses instead of official bridesmaid dresses, which saved a bundle. They ended up about £30 each. Ditto for the children’s outfits - I got Amelie’s dress after Christmas in Monsoon sale. I also bought my jewellery in the after sales as lots of sparkly things are reduced at this time, so forward thinking is really helpful on the accessories front. I managed to get the sweets for the favours from a cash and carry, which saved a bit and making the sweet pouches was also a great money saver.

 

Budget DIY Wedding
 

I work in a hairdresser’s, so was very fortunate that they did my hair for me. My friend, who is also a Beauty Therapist did my make up too. As she didn’t have any prior bridal experience, I bought my own make up and we had fun with a few trials before the wedding. I made really good use of the different make up counters and in the end had 4 different make up trials, just by going in and saying I wanted to buy some make up for my wedding. I picked up loads of great tips from the makeup artists, which I wrote down afterwards, in case I forgot, and made a note of which piece of makeup I liked best. I then mixed and matched with the brands I had tried, to get the best items from each company.

Budget DIY Wedding Ideas

Bride on a £5k Budget - Ivanya

What was your favourit moment of the day?
The church ceremony was absolutely magical. The atmosphere and light in the church was beautiful. The ceremony was funny (thanks to the wonderful vicar) and poignant. All the right people were there and we felt truly blessed we’d made it! That was the favourite part for us both, closely followed by the dancing 🙂

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Our Wedding Photographer Andy, set up an impromptu photo booth and we got some really fun photos from this later on in the evening, when the vino had been flowing!

£5k Budget Wedding - Ivanya and Peter

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely DIY Budget Wedding Day with us - top tips too! Congratulations to you both :D

Laura xo

All images courtesy of Andy Childs Photography

Budget Wedding Inspiration – Kelly and Andy

Real life Budget Wedding Kelly and Andy
 
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!
 
Real life budget wedding  Kelly and Andy

 

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!
 
Kelly and Andy Real life Budget Wedding
 
Thanks for sharing your day with us Kelly and BIG congratulations to you and Andy 🙂  

Laura xo

All images in this post courtesy of MJB Photography

An amazing Harry Potter Themed Wedding on a £2k Budget – Jasmine and Derek

Jasmine and Derek Harry Potter Wedding Cake

 

We last spoke with Jasmine a few months ago when her surname was Potter and she was planning her wedding to Derek.  Now, we’re delighted to share her wedding day with you and how she rocked it on less than a £2k budget…

 

Jasmine and Derek - Real Life Budget Wedding

 

Tell us a little bit about how you met your fiancé and how you got engaged?
We worked at a record shop together for a few years and started dating and had been going out for a while when he asked me to marry him at Legoland on my 18th birthday. Derek proposed in a story in my birthday card and the ring was in a Lego ring box designed by him.

What was your favourite part of planning your wedding?
I really enjoyed creating and assembling the programmes. I wrote and designed them and my husband assembled them. They were part of our theme so it was fun working out the design!

 

Jasmine and Derek Real Life budget wedding

 

Did you have quite a tight budget to stick to and how did you make the most of it?
Our initial budget was around £1k which was later raised to £2k and we ended up spending about £1,750 in the end. We decided against expensive things that we felt we didn't need from the start - like wedding cars and makeup and hair stylists. I got a lot of things for free or cheaply from companies like Vistaprint and started looking for all of the elements almost as soon as we were engaged, so I had enough time to get competitive prices.

What is your best money saving tip for other brides on a budget?
Don't rush into booking things! Take time to look for better quotes and to ask suppliers for deals. If you rush into it, you end up paying a premium but taking say a year or two to plan means you can get far better deals and have more time to make things which will save you further money.

Jasmine and Derek Budget Wedding

 

Jasmine and Derek Real Life Budget Wedding

 

Who were your favourite budget wedding suppliers?

That has to be a tie between our Photographers (1 thousand smiles) and our Caterers (Manor Foods, Grimstone). The Photographers were very reasonably priced and were worth every penny. They even helped me put out the sweets for the sweet buffet! They were lovely guys and captured our day perfectly.
The caterers gave us a gorgeous buffet which was very good value for money. For £225 we got the equivalent of about 25 peoples worth of food ( we had asked for 15 peoples worth) and it wasn't cheap food it was really good quality. Better still it was entirely bespoke. We got exactly what I had asked for right down the mini burgers.

Did you do much DIY?
We made parts of our invites and did the calligraphy on them; we made the programmes, did all the decorating and made up the favour bags. I also wrote a poem for one of the readings and made a poem in a frame for my mother in law.

 

Jasmine and Derek real life budget wedding

 

Jasmine and Derek Real Life Budget Wedding

 

What did you enjoy most on your wedding day?
I'd have to say when it all came together! I'd spent months trying to work out how to make my ideas reality and on the day when it was all sorted and happening it was amazing. And of course marrying the love of my life! But that goes without saying!

How did you decide on your Harry Potter theme for the day?
I thought of it and my husband went along with it! It was a really fun theme and even though some of the guests hadn't seen the films they still enjoyed it. Also it made decorations far cheaper.

What would be your best piece of advice for all of our other Budget Bride Company readers?
Whether your wedding is big or small, with the right planning and enough time you can save a lot on your wedding. Don't always go for the simplest option if you could make real savings by putting in the effort, as the more you put into your wedding the greater the day will be because you helped create it.

Harry Potter themed wedding

Congratulations Jasmine and Derek! Your day looked like so much fun 🙂


Laura xo

Real Life Confectionery Themed Budget Wedding – Rachel and Arwel

 

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Rachel married Arwel in September, two months before their ten year anniversary! Rachel tells us a little bit about how she created the wedding she wanted on a £13K budget…

Tell us a little bit about how you got engaged?

Quite simple - he popped the question while feeding our then eight-month-old breakfast on Christmas morning in 2009!

What was your favourite part of planning your wedding?

Picking the dress after trying what felt like hundreds on! Closely followed by choosing the venue.

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

We had aimed to be within £10,000; however I fell in love with a dress and wedding ring that was over budget. We did manage to stay close to it though, by calling in favours from willing friends and family! I still blew our budget though at £13,000.

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

Keep it small (if you can!), be realistic and always ask for a discount when making your bookings.

Who were your favourite budget wedding suppliers?

Well Emma Phillips Bridal was extremely helpful, and the girls from Full Fat Fun had fantastic ideas and were really supportive.

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Did you do much DIY?

 I made my own wedding stationary, with the help of my mum and her best friend.

What did you enjoy most on your wedding day?

All of it...I'd love to do it again!!

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How did you decide on a theme for your wedding day?

Initially we didn't have a theme, only a colour, but as time went on and we booked a Candy Cart from Full Fat Fun, we went with a classy Cadbury purple and a quirky sweet theme!! We gave each table a sweet name and each guest had a shot glass of that sweet including bon bons, love hearts, sherbet lemons!

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

You can have what you want, you don't have to sacrifice the little things that do make a difference to you, just do plenty of research and always ask if suppliers can do you a better price. But most of all enjoy it!

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Thanks so much for sharing your day and top tips with us Rachel! You and Arwel make a gorgeous couple 🙂

Laura xx