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 🙂

Budget Bride Live Sneak Peek – The Ruby Lounge at Diana’s, Sunday 13th October…

So, our next Budget Bride Live event is almost upon us! Running this Sunday 13th October between 11am and 3pm at The Ruby Lounge at Diana’s Health and Fitness, 109E Finedon Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 4AL.

 

 

At The Budget Bride Company, there is nothing we love more than introducing brides to be to our brilliant suppliers who have all of the know-how, products and services to make sure you get your day on the budget you have available.

The Ruby Lounge will be putting on glasses of lovely bubbly bucks fizz for all of the visitors and will be sharing some delicious canapés with you to show off their catering that is available when you book your wedding venue with them! With fantastic package prices, The Ruby Lounge makes a gorgeous choice for your wedding venue in Northamptonshire. You can meet with the reps from the venue on Sunday and they will be able to give you a full tour and run through the options to suit your specific requirements.

Styling by Through the Looking Glass Events  and Wedding Cake by Flowers and Ribbons, both of whom will be exhibiting at this event. Photography by the amazing Danielle Mobbs Photography who you can meet at our Eden Centre Event.

 

We have some lovely goody bags courtesy of www.confetti.co.uk  with brilliant discount vouchers that you can use to buy anything from favours to stationery for your wedding day! We also have some other lovely treats for you in the Bridal Goody Bags, so be sure to pre-register your place here!

And you are going to adore our Suppliers that we have brought together for you to meet on the day! We’ve covered every element you could need – from gorgeous gowns to perfect pop-up photo booths… and everything in between! If you fancy a sweetie cart or a brooch bouquet, this is definitely the place you will want to be this Sunday 🙂

Flowers by Bloom In Scents, who will be exhibiting at this event. Photography by Danielle Mobbs  
We can’t wait to see you there for a glass of bubbles and a good old natter about your wedding day plans. To secure your place, simply pre-register your details  and we will have your goody bag and bucks fizz ready for your arrival! Remember, there is free parking and so many deals to be had on the day – not to be missed! Bring your friends along too for a lovely afternoon out!

See you there,

Laura xx

Wedding Budgeting Tips from Amethyst Weddings

 At the Budget Bride Company, we are always on the lookout for new tips on how to get the most out of the wedding budget you have available.

 Sian Bowron is a Wedding Planner at Amethyst Weddings and today she is sharing her tips with us on how to max your budget when planning your ceremony and reception.

 

 Everyone has different priorities when it comes to budgeting for a wedding. With the average wedding expenditure rapidly nearing £20k, it's no surprise that couples on tight budgets are resorting to DIY options to help stretch the pennies.

 As a wedding planner, I often get asked the best ways to make the most of a wedding budget, so here are a few of my top tips on how to keep an eye on the purse strings…

 Keep the ceremony intimate

Invite your nearest and dearest only - the people that really matter. Less people at the ceremony means less mouths to feed at the wedding breakfast and the savings can stack up incredibly quickly.

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Photo Credit: www.intimateweddings.com

 

Church ceremonies

Check with your vicar to find out if they have a marriage ceremony booklet and hymn books. This will save on the additional cost and time of preparing an order of service specifically for your wedding.

 

Civil ceremonies

Pick a reception venue that is licensed for civil ceremonies and host both your ceremony and reception at the same place as this saves unnecessary transport costs.

Look out for venues that waive room hire charges for hosting your ceremony and reception with them, as this will give you greater bargaining power!

Another great way to save the pounds is to get married at your local registry office. By keeping it local and simple, you can save more money for spending on your reception.

 

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 Photo Credit: Fran Scott at http://www.hiwinchester.co.uk/weddings

 

Package deals

Don't get fooled in to thinking that these are good deals. It's only a good deal if you need or want everything that is included. A £2000 package including  50 three course meals is only of any use if you have 50 guests. Also be sure to double check the minimum numbers required.

 

Weekday weddings

Registrar fees and venue hire fees are generally cheaper mid-week which means that you will get a lot more for your wedding budget. You may find that suppliers such as photographers and make-up artists also offer a reduced rate for weddings not held on a weekend. This can also apply to dates outside of wedding season which is generally April through to October.

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Caterers

If your venue permits outside catering, then try and find a caterer who can work to your budget. Work with them on the menu - they are the experts so ask them what is realistic for the budget you have. A buffet style wedding breakfast is normally a cheaper alternative to a three course meal or you could try a fun alternative such as a hog roast.

 

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 Photo Credit: www.claretcatering.co.uk

 

I hope that you have found these ceremony and reception wedding budgeting tips helpful! In Part 2, I will share some hints and tips with you on wedding attire and choosing your colour scheme.

 

Thank you for sharing your tips with us Sian! And we look forward to reading Part 2 on the Blog soon 🙂

Laura

Supplier Spotlight with Host Event Management Wedding Planning

 

At The Budget Bride Company, we are always on the lookout for fantastic suppliers who can help our Brides to Be achieve their wedding dreams and plans, even when they are working to a tighter budget.

 

Host Event Management and Wedding Planning  are a fantastic company headed up by the lovely Olivia Mills. We are so pleased to welcome Host on board, with their positive ethos of saving you money, time and stress with their wedding planning packages. We had a catch-up with Olivia to find out more...

 

 

What is your favourite thing about being a wedding planner?

I just absolutely love being able to make people’s dreams come true! It sounds very cliché but essentially that is what I love.  The thank you’s post wedding is the reason I do what I do.  This industry gives you so much satisfaction. 

 

How did you get into the wedding planning business?

Coming from a large family and always attending some sort of celebration!  I loved the excitement and love that surrounds milestone events and I have always enjoyed helping out.  I remember thinking seriously about my career whilst I was at sixth form.  I was a head student and in charge of planning the leavers ball and everyone used to joke about how organised I was and how I should get some sort of degree in planning! So I searched the Universities and couldn’t believe that there was a whole subject dedicated to Event Management! Once offered a place, I studied the subject for four years at the University of Gloucestershire and undertook an industrial placement at a venue close to my home.  Since graduating I have worked at highly recommended event caterers working for the likes of SS Great Britain and at sporting events such as The One Day International in 2009.  I have worked for conference and wedding venues in the events department and the NEC in Birmingham. 

An achievement close to my heart was setting up Old Down Manor, a beautiful period property located near Bristol.  The venue took 2 years to renovate and is now one of the area’s most prestigious wedding and fine events venues.  I marketed the venue, staffed it, sold it and am so very proud of what we have all achieved there.  To this day I still work very closely with the venue but having my own business was always a long standing ambition, and so, Host Event Management was born!

 

What are your top tips for maxing a tight wedding budget?

1/ Be realistic – Set a budget that you can actually afford and stick to it. 

2/ Enlist the help of family and friends – Is your Auntie fabulous of baking? Is there a friend who is keen on photography?  Don’t be afraid to ask around.  Using someone you know for certain elements of your day makes everything so much more personal, plus your loved ones will be thrilled to offer their help as their wedding present to you!

3/Don’t be too frugal.  Your wedding is meant to be the best day of your life and you only intend to do it once, right? Think about what really matters to you both.  Suppliers such as videographers or planners such as myself can be seen as a costly extra - this couldn’t be futher from the truth! How wonderful to have moving images of your day that you can cherish forever and watch time and time again (and show the children and grandchildren!).  Wedding planners also save you money - they have lots of supplier friends that give exclusive discounts to planners.  And I give these discounts directly to my clients, discounts that they may not have received otherwise!

 

 

What inspires you in your work?

People’s creativity.  I work with so many talented weddings professionals who truly inspire me.  I work with suppliers with the most fantastic worth ethic and humour that it makes it a pleasure to go to work!

 

What are your wedding style predictions for the rest of 2013 and heading into 2014? 

I am not one for trends (as I believe the wedding should be guided by the couples interests and not by glossy magazines), but I would say colour and lots of it! Rainbow effects, ombre and bright bold colours mixed in with both contemporary and classic styling.  Also monochrome - the classic black and white look for classy and elegant affairs.  Not forgetting the 1920’s vibe after the release of the remake of “The Great Gatsby”.

 

Olivia, it’s great to have you with us and thanks for sharing your tips! You can find lots more information about Host Management Wedding Planning here.

 

Laura xx

Sumptuous on Saturday: Pippy’s Vintage

 

 

I am so pleased to welcome the gorgeous Pippy’s Vintage to The Budget Bride Company. Pippy’s Vintage specialise in creating beautiful bespoke vintage hair accessories for your wedding day. With items from forehead bands to hair combs and tiaras, there is bound to be something to tickle your fancy from the collection! And you know why we are featuring Pippy’s Vintage on our Sumptuous on Saturday post? Because these luxurious pieces start from just £7.50.

We caught up with Pippy herself to find out a bit more...

 

So Pippy, what is it about Vintage Style that appeals to you?

I love vintage style because it is so versatile! There is something for everyone and every look whether you love the classic 20's or the glamorous 50's.... maybe you're a total boho chick with that 60's/70's look.... the influence from these bygone times is prominent throughout the fashion world ESPECIALLY when it comes to bridal trends, which is amazing news for brides on a budget! 🙂 I like to swap and change and mix it up a bit, depending on what mood I am in! When I am at my full time job I like to try and look sassy and sophisticated with a 50's tailored look, but on a lovely summers day I prefer a bit of a chilled out boho look.

 

What inspired you to create Pippy’s Vintage?

Pippy's Vintage started off as my sister-in-laws idea. She had just had her own wedding with a bit of a vintage theme a couple of years earlier and had really struggled finding a brooch for the sash on her wedding dress. A couple of years down the line, now on maternity leave she decided to start her own venture selling vintage jewellery at great prices. She asked me if I would have a go at making some hair pieces for her, using broken bits of vintage jewellery... and that was it - I was hooked! I was so fascinated by these little sparkles which had stood the test of time. Before I knew it, I was spending all my free time mooching around antique stores and fayres around the country, reading and researching these gems of the past and of course creating and repairing the pieces. Unfortunately my sister-in-law didn't have the time to continue her website, and so Pippy's Vintage was created. Pippy was one of my nicknames at school and it has kind of stuck!

 

What is your favourite thing about your work?

This is a tough question to answer. I enjoy all of it really, but I love making something old and a bit unloved into something completely new and treasured. Everything I make with vintage components is unique, just like the person it is going to!

 

What has been your favourite piece that you have sold so far?

I think that one of my favourite pieces that I have sold has to be one of the first commissions I did, which was actually for a dear friend of mine. I felt so honoured that she had asked me to do a piece for her special day; I also did her flower girl's hair band and maid of honour's comb... which doubled up as their present as well. Another favourite was a comb called Sybil- very Downton Abbey! Made from two completely mangled marcasite brooches which I restored and revamped for a lovely lady in Holland!

 

We know that you’re a bride to be yourself – do you have any advice or tips that you would like to share with our readers?

Decide what you want and stick to it! Don't let other people tell you what's best... it is your special day. Don't feel under pressure to spend loads of money either. The two most important people are you and your partner. Incorporate bits of what you both like and make it personal to you as a couple.

 

What has been your favourite thing about planning your own wedding?

We are still very much at the beginning of our wedding plans, as we are trying to finish our house first, however we do know that we want a vintage themed wedding (of course!!) I think I would like a bit of a mix between 50's and early 60's look- a bit Audrey Hepburn. My favourite part of planning so far though has been my fiancé buying his gorgeous vintage suit from EBay and seeing how excited he was when he got it! It is absolutely gorgeous, and it was a steal at just under £70... I can't believe he has his outfit sorted before I do!

 

What are your wedding style predictions for the rest of 2013 and into next year?

Vintage lace and pearl are definitely still going to be the star of the aisle! 20's and 30's are the era to follow on the wedding dress side of things, especially when you look at designers like Charlotte Balbier and Jenny Packham. Vintage is here to stay!

 

Thanks so much Pippy, it’s been an absolute pleasure and we look forward to hearing about more of your gorgeous vintage pieces  - and updates on your own wedding planning too!

Laura xx

Supplier Spotlight – Meet Greta Star

I first met the very talented Greta of Greta Star a couple of months back at our Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair. Greta’s passion for her work and creativity really came across on her stand at the Fair where she showed off some of her amazing wedding flower arrangements.

With plenty of experience in both wedding floristry and wedding photography, Greta has some great packages perfect for brides on a budget. We had a catch-up with the lady to find out a bit more…

Hi Greta! Tell us a little bit about how you got into the wedding industry?

I got into the wedding photography through my photography which I love. I have been lucky enough to cover Hindu, Muslim, Punjabi and English weddings - all of which are very different. You can learn so much and it’s amazing to have a job where you can truly enjoy every minute of what you do. Now alongside photography, we offer wedding floristry which has been a great success. Our team really enjoy working with brides to be, to create the perfect flowers for their special day, completely tailored to suit them and their budget.

 

 

What’s your favourite aspect of working on weddings?

 I love all aspects of working in the wedding industry; it’s someone’s special day where you become part of it either through the photography or the flowers. It’s also great to work with the couples and families to make the best of our services, whether on a budget or not, we are very focused on good customer service and quality customer satisfaction. 

 

 

 

What inspires you in your work?

 Everything! I Being a young entrepreneur, I love everything about running my businesses. I started out in business at the age of 16 and now I'm 18, I feel that I have covered a lot of ground in just two years. Winning awards, appearing in national newspapers and really making a difference to my clients with the services that I provide. My family and other people around me are very supportive which helps me to do my job well. I also  really enjoy meeting new people and helping them with their requirements whether that be through the photography or floristry arms of the business.

 

We know that you have quite a collection of awards for your work! Tell us a bit more?

 I have been Awarded 'Highly Commended' by Hewlett Packard in July 2012 just a few months after the GretaStar business started, which was a great achievement. I was also a finalist in the Midlands Business Awards as Young Entrepreneur of the year 2013. I was lucky enough to appear in a double page spread in The Sun newspaper as well as featuring in an issue of a national paper called First News and local publications too!

 

Thanks so much for telling us a little bit more about you and your work Greta! We’re so pleased to have you with us at The Budget Bride Company. Greta offers a fantastic array of quality and brilliantly priced flowers and you can see more here: www.gretastarflorists.com You can also have a look at some examples of Greta’s wedding photography here.

 

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

Edit Your Wedding – Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair Video

 

At our recent Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair, we were lucky enough to have video cameras from the wonderful team at Edit Your Wedding to help us capture some of the best moments from the day.

Edit Your Wedding offer a brilliant wedding video service for your special day. The easy to use cameras (you get four) are sent across to you along with straightforward instructions before your wedding. Simply choose four of your most trustworthy (and preferably creative!) friends or family and entrust them with the video camera for the day. Encourage your friends to take a wide variety of film shots, including plenty of you and your newly wed!

After the day is over, simply package up the four video cameras and send back to the team at Edit Your Wedding, where the team will work their magic and create a fantastic video comprising footage from all four cameras into one amazing wedding video for you…

 

You can take a look at some of the highlights from our fantastic Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair here, as put together by the Team at Edit Your Wedding.

Apart from having a film that is totally personal and unique to your wedding day as filmed by your friends and family, you can also have a nice warm feeling from the price that you will have paid! The Edit Your Wedding Package is £349 and there is even an option to pay in ten monthly instalments of £34.90 if you would prefer.

We would like to say a massive thank you to Edit Your Wedding for creating a great video of our wedding fair for us. We hope that you enjoy using their service as much as we did! Have a look at the website: www.edityourwedding.com or give them a bell on 0203 6648787 for a chat!

 

Laura xx

Sumptuous on Saturday – Boutique and Breakfast

Well hello March! I’m jumping around with overjoyed excitement that Spring is really here and that we can start looking forward to longer days, bluebells and daffodils, and maybe – just maybe - a little bit of warmth in the sun?!

 

Today’s Sumptuous on Saturday is to get you thinking SPRING! Will you be getting married this season? I have always loved Spring weddings and those held around Easter – it’s such a joyful time of year and a lovely time to get married in the UK.

 

So it’s time to get Sumptuous and start thinking about a romantic getaway after your wedding – just the two of you. What do you think to this little bit of lux for your mini-moon?

 

Boutique and Breakfast have an excellent collection of boutique luxury bed and breakfasts throughout the UK. You can head to a romantic hideaway with your newlywed and have a couple of days of complete luxury for a fraction of the price of a full blow honeymoon abroad. Have a look at their brilliant Special Offers Page  for some great deals. You could be spending your mini-moon in one of these…

 

 

Villa Magdala in Bath

 

Thermae Spa Break at Brooks Guesthouse, Bath

 

 Fynnon, Snowdonia

Hope that you’ve enjoyed this little bit of Sumptuous on a Saturday! Happy mini-moon booking!

Laura xx