2013 – The Year that was: Part 2

Have you all had a very merry Christmas break so far? If you got engaged over Christmas, then great big hearty congratulations to you and your other half! It’s great to have you with us and we can’t wait to give you lots of budget beautiful inspiration to help you plan your wedding in 2014.

I really cannot believe that we’re about to say ‘so long’ to 2013, it really has blitzed past and it has been a fun ride… You can catch up with our highlights from the first half of the year here if you missed them last week.

So without further ado, here are our favourite bits from July until now!

♥ WAHOOOOOO! Mister John and I got engaged! After eleven and a half years, it’s fair to say that this budget bride was over the moon to be asked that question 😀

♥We featured this Halloween Wedding

♥ I got in front of the camera and struck a pose with Danielle Mobbs Photography for our ‘About Us’ page!

♥ We featured this beautiful Barn Wedding Photoshoot courtesy of Host Event Management

♥ The Budget Bride Company got together with some of our fave Budget Wedding Suppliers in the East Midlands and created a Vintage English Rose Inspired Photoshoot! More on this in the New Year…

♥ The Budget Bride Company moved HQ into new offices in the Midlands!

♥ Tammy joined us as Advertising Co-Ordinator

♥ We featured one of our most popular Blog posts on the wedding of Charlotte and Rob.

♥ Just check out the colours on this amazing Carnival themed photo-shoot from The Berkshire Wedding Community!

♥ We were so proud when one of our readers was published in Wedding Ideas Magazine October Issue! Congratulations to you both, Alison and Dave!

♥ We ran our second Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair at The Ruby Lounge at Diana’s in Wellingborough and had a great day, despite the rain!


♥ We had a brilliant time at our Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair at The Eden Centre!

♥ We were asked to share our thoughts on business role models on the NEP Global Entrepreneurship Week Blog!


♥ We launched our brand new website – what do you think, peops?!

♥ We featured this beautiful Irish Budget Wedding.


What an amazing year – cheers to all of you; brides to be and brides of the past year; it’s been an absolute pleasure to have you sharing 2013 with us and we can't wait for 2014! 😀 

Laura xx

2013 – The year that was: Part 1

Well 2013, that has been one interesting whirlwind of a year! MASSIVE congratulations to all of our readers who did the deed and tied the knot in the past 12 months, it has been a privilege being along for the ride with you! And to all of you who are in the midst of preparing (and hopefully taking a little time to just chill out and not do any planning over Christmas!), I am so excited for the inspiration and budget saving tips we’re going to be able to share with you next year 😀
So, would you like to join me on a little whistle-stop tour of our 2013 highlights? Grab yourself a cuppa and a mince pie, it's time for a look back at our favourite moments from the first half of this year…


♥ John and I started off the year in Brighton - one of my favourite places in the world and not to mention, home to the amazing Choccywoccydoodah…


♥ We welcomed Charlotte Marie Photography  to our trusted suppliers Directory . Charlotte Marie offers brilliant wedding photography packages from £350.



♥ We ran our first ever Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair! It was an incredible, buzzing event with 100’s of visitors, fashion shows, goody bags and budget beautiful wedding suppliers and best of all, it gave us the chance to meet YOU GUYS in person! Thanks to all of the Brides and Suppliers who made it such a great day 😀
♥ One of our most popular blog articles was published, looking at Five Top Budget Hen Do Ideas


♥ It was the hen do of one of my BFF’s, Kim, and we headed to HomeMade London for an amazing perfume making workshop


♥ We welcomed Just for Eve to our Directory of trusted budget wedding suppliers. Just look at these gorgeous pieces of bridal underwear and garters!




♥ Wowee, the month that not one, but TWO of my BFFs got married! Kim had the most beautiful, glamorous wedding at Pinewood Studios (her husband Jon is an actor). There were tears a plenty and I absolutely loved being her bridesmaid! Congratulations you gorgeous pair 🙂
♥ And then there was the incredible joy filled wedding of Tamara and Lawrence. Tamara’s sense of style seems to know no bounds, and you can see all of the details and how she budgeted her wedding here, (our most popular Blog Post of 2013!) and you can also check out the outfit I wore here.



♥ We featured a beautiful wedding photo shoot from the talented lot that are The Berkshire Wedding Community – oodles of vintage style for you to feast your eyes on!



♥ In the name of research, John and I went on a Morroccan Minimoon Adventure – to see how much fun you could fit into a weekend! I truly believe that Minimoons are the way forward and mean that you can have a luxurious and exotic escape without busting your wedding budget.



♥ On the 12th June, The Budget Bride Company celebrated our First Birthday!
♥ We welcomed Host Event Management, who offer great value wedding planning packages, to our trusted list of Budget Wedding Suppliers.


Phew, what an exciting few months that was! We’ll be back with the highlights from the last half of the year next week 🙂

Have a lovely weekend peops!

Laura xxx

A shiny new Budget Bride Company Website…


Welcome to our brand new, revamped and revitalised Budget Bride Company Website! We have given the whole look and feel a big overhaul, to make it easier for you to read our Blogs and to search for the exact Budget Beautiful Suppliers that you need for your wedding day.


With gorgeous photography from Danielle Mobbs throughout the new site and a nice clear, easy to navigate layout, we hope that the new site will make it even more enjoyable to plan your wedding!



You can check in on Budget Beautiful Suppliers from your local region on the Directory Page here - just choose your area from the list on the left, and then go to the Categories of your choice to find quality suppliers near you.


We’ve made it a whole bunch easier to search through our Blog archives too! Just check out the list down the right hand sign to search by topic type or by month. The Real Life Budget Wedding features have SO much inspiration for you to try at your own wedding!


Photo Credit: Sharon Cooper


We are always on the lookout for gorgeous Budget Beautiful couples to feature on our Blog. If you would like to share your tips and show off your photos, then head over to our Submissions Page and drop us a line!


And if you are a Supplier who would like to come on board with us as an advertiser we would love to hear from you. Check out our Advertising Page here!


Happy Wedding Planning!


Laura xxx

Budget Bride Live at The Eden Centre

On Sunday 3rd November, The Budget Bride Company and a massive array of gorgeous wedding suppliers landed at The Eden Centre in Kettering, Northants.

The Eden Centre is a real hidden treasure in Kettering. The unassuming front doors on Montagu Street open up into a grand art deco styled venue which, at one point in it’s history, used to be a theatre. Many of the original features remain, with gorgeous feature ceilings and galleried landings.


Danielle Mobbs Photography


Love from Samyukta
The size and feel of The Eden Centre, along with its excellent value wedding reception packages, made it a natural choice for us to choose as a Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair venue. The incredibly helpful and friendly venue team, headed up by Laurie, can’t do enough to make you feel welcome, which made all the difference for our last wedding fair of 2013!



Flowers by Bloom In Scents


Once all of the suppliers had set up their exhibition spaces, the doors opened to the public at 3pm. Guests were greeted by the sight of two super long limousines from LJ Limo’s parked outside the venue, these cars are definitely crowd pleasers!

Once inside the venue, brides to be were greeted with suppliers to help them with every area of their wedding planning – from flowers and photography through to DJ’s and brooch bouquets. We pick suppliers for our Budget Bride Live Wedding Fairs based on quality and price, so we were very proud to show off the amount of talent at this event!


Douglas Maddy



Verona Couture


Brides were given goody bags full of treats and money off vouchers from Confetti.com, Flowers and Ribbons and Gohen.com and were also entered into a prize draw for a Bridal Pamper Hamper which contained loads of goodies for a bridal pamper night in along with vouchers for a photo shoot with James Thorpe Photography and a generous voucher from Verona Couture  Well done to bride to be Emily for scooping this prize!!

We held a Fashion Show halfway through the event which featured Elegantly Hitched with an amazing seven models! The ladies looked beautiful, showing off wedding dresses all priced below £700.

Fairytales also featured in the Fashion Show, modelling their lovely bridesmaid dresses.

It was a fantastic day and was lovely to see so many of you brides to be, wanting to bring your wedding in on budget 🙂  We are now planning our 2014 Budget Bride Live Wedding Events – you can pre-register for your place now over on our Wedding Fairs page here.

Massive thanks to all of our exhibitors – you can find out more about their brilliant wedding services by clicking on the links below!

The Eden Centre

LJ Limos

Flowers from Eden

The Sugar Fairy

Invitations to Remember


High Times

Through The Looking Glass Events

Quills Wedding Stationery

Danielle Mobbs Photography

The Pampered Chef

Verona Couture

Bloom In Scents

Greenwoods Menswear

MG Photographic

Douglas Maddy

Elegantly Hitched

Total Eclipse Disco

Gem Celebrations

Harlequin Rose Videography


Lamport Wedding

Truly Beautiful Flowers

Issi Greig Photography


The Wedding Dresser

Golden Sounds Disco

L & S Caterers


Look forward to seeing you at the next Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair in 2014!

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 🙂

Happy First Birthday to Us!

 Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heionaurora/7088607105/


Wow, I just can’t believe that The Budget Bride Company is one year old today! It’s been a fantastic, whirlwind year full of amazing suppliers, beautiful brides and lots of budget wedding beauty…

We held our first Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair in February which was a great day for our exhibitors and for our brides to be and their families.

Our supplier directory has been building steadily and we now have suppliers from Stationery in Scotland through to Photographers in the South West. Look out for lots more suppliers in your region being added over the coming months!

Our Blog has featured gorgeous real life weddings and lots of ideas for how to make the most of your budget. But the Blog is there for you to read and we would love to know what you would like to see more of! Email us any time with your suggestions and requests to hello@budgetbridecompany.co.uk


So what’s to come in our next year?! We have lots of plans up our sleeve, including a new re-vamped version of the website, more Budget Bride Live wedding events, styled photo shoots and buckets more inspiration on the Blog. We can’t wait to share it all with you!

Thanks for being with us for the journey and I hope that we are helping you to make your wedding as budget beautiful as it can possibly be 🙂



Laura xx

The National Wedding Show


On Sunday, Team Budget Bride Company took (a very excitedly anticipated!) trip to The National Wedding Show in Birmingham. It was fantastic to walk around such a huge space filled to the brim with wedding suppliers offering everything from discounted make up, to glorious wedding gowns and live music.



With so many exhibitors to walk around and meet and literally hundreds of beautiful dresses to look at, we had an absolute ball. The catwalk had a gorgeous British Summer feel with stunning gowns, gorgeous menswear and oh so cute children’s wedding outfits being shown off.



Our pick of the best Wedding Suppliers with Budget options at the show included: Alison Eve (a harpist a singer with prices starting from £120), DiamondLove (gorgeous bridal jewellery at affordable prices), Elegant Wedding Creations (venue décor, vintage hire and candy buffets all at great rates), Francesca Bridalwear (wedding dresses from £299 and bridesmaids from £119), Helen E Cosmetics (great range of cosmetics with amazing special offers) and Keylight Photography (full day wedding photography coverage from £650). We even met up with one of our favourite suppliers – Zante Weddings!

We loved this cheese wedding cake!


Want this dress SO much!



Did you make it to either of the National Wedding Show events in London or in Birmingham? If you did, I hope you had as much fun as us!


Laura xx

Brighton Wedding Inspiration

Brighton has long been one of my favourite places to visit. From my first ever mini break away at the age of 18 (we signed our names as Mr and Mrs Smith in the guest book!) through to making a habit of visiting at least once a year these days, there is something about the atmosphere, amazing shops and friendly people that I just LOVE!

So, in search of some bohemian wedding inspiration, Team Budget Bride Company made their way down to the South Coast for a few days of beach side fun!

What trip to Brighton wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Choccywoccydoodah?! This chocolate wonderland hosts some of the most incredible cake designs we have ever seen… Whilst some of the designs come in a lot pricier (what I wouldn’t give for the Las Vegas wedding cake!), you can have a Choccywoccydoodah designer wedding cake – such as this stunning orchid creation  to feed 40 guests for £199. Hurrah!


And here’s a couple of the creations we saw on our visit to the shop…






We loved wandering through The Lanes , spending our afternoons gazing at the beautiful unique engagement rings in the antique jewellery shop windows. There are more wonderful designs than you can shake a stick at - my favourites are definitely the ones including a sapphire!


And look at these beautiful white roses that got caught in an afternoon downpour!



We fell in love with the cakes at Cloud 9 – they have some great designs from £150, and the staff are so friendly!


We had a fantastic visit to Snoopers Paradise  – perfect for retro styled weddings, with plenty of vintage crockery, jewellery and even copies of Vogue from back in the early 90’s for some classic fashion inspiration. The place is enormous and you can easily spend a couple of hours snooping through the treasures!



We had a great day on The Pier on New Years Day. With a clear blue sky and warm sun, it was easy to see why it might be an idea to say ‘I Do’ there! This would make an incredibly fun and different wedding venue – just think of the photo opportunities!


Brighton is such a fantastic place; whether you are using wedding suppliers from here, holding your wedding here, or both - you will truly be spoiled for choice. Brighton – we love you!




Laura xx

Easy like Sunday Morning…

Hope you’ve had a good week! Have you taken some time off from wedding planning to prepare for Christmas? Here at The Budget Bride Company, we have been keeping warm and ordering all of our presents online! Here’s our roundup of what we’ve been loving this week…


We absolutely adored this Big Love British Seaside wedding – looks like they had so much fun!


Waking up to a world covered in frost most of the mornings this week.


Finding out that Sainsbury’s stock mini bags of Jelly Belly’s at the kiosk!


We love this idea for a wedding invite


Found this gorgeous idea on Pinterest! Save all of the corks from your wedding reception and make them into a heart to go up on the wall. What a lovely reminder of the big day!


Have a great week all!

Laura x