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

Wedding Supplier Spotlight with Silly Jokes: Sumptuous on Saturday

 

Silly Jokes Logo
Todays Sumptuous on Saturday Supplier Spotlight is with Silly Jokes – our latest budget friendly wedding supplier to join The Budget Bride Company.

Silly Jokes specialise in fancy dress, photo booth props from £1.99 and brilliant printed chalkboards from £2.99 that you can use for anything from Menus to Signage at your wedding. Their great array of wedding budget friendly items are all available online making it super easy to browse and order what you need; they even offer free shipping on orders over £40.

 

Silly Jokes Bride Board

 

Silly Jokes Groom Board

The Printed Wedding Chalk Boards are one of Silly Jokes’ most popular items at the moment - the printed chalkboards come in two sizes and are made of sturdy MDF. They look like chalkboards but are printed so there is no mess and they stay neat and clear all day. You can also personalise them yourself too – just use the online editing tool or upload your own file, especially if you have a special font you are working with.

Silly Jokes also create a brilliant range of budget friendly photo booth props - perfect for your making your own DIY wedding photo booth.

 

Silly Jokes Photo booth
We had a chat with Caroline at Silly Jokes to find out more about why she loves working with weddings…

Tell us a bit more about why you love working with Brides to Be?
I love working with Brides to be because a good bit of their enthusiasm rubs off onto me and leaves me feeling uplifted for the future!
We have striped back our store from being plain retail to manufacturing something we have designed ourselves which feels really positive. It’s like a fresh beginning for the business and the response has been incredible. I can see us making so many more wedding products in the future so watch this space!
What has been your favourite wedding that you have worked on?
I recently helped a couple who were having a Gothic wedding. I sell Halloween goods and always have stock year round. They wanted skeletons, skulls and black muslin cloth. It was a second marriage and they were having immense fun creating a day based on scarlet and black that no one was going to forget.

 

What would be your top piece of advice for Brides to Be?
Focus on the day as a couple and approach and plan it together as much as possible because its just the beginning of a life you are going to share.
And what do you like to get up to when you’re not creating wedding photo booth props and fancy dress?
I love to play Irish music; one time I was at a big family wedding in Ireland and the bride had looked collected and cool the whole long day even when a car rammed the harpist’s van. At about 2am I got out my whistle and played her a wedding tune I’d learnt and she broke down in tears. It was all too much. Might have been my playing though!

 

You can find out more about the full range at Silly Jokes on their online store, by emailing Caroline on enquiries@sillyjokes.co.uk
or by calling the store on 01908 904066 (open Monday through to Friday, 9am until 5pm).

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

Budget Bride Boutique: Your one stop budget wedding shop!

Budget Bride Boutique

I’m absolutely over the moon today to introduce you to our latest offering to make your life as a Bride to Be that little bit easier – The Budget Bride Boutique! Those of you with super keen eyes will have noticed the new menu option at the top of the site and icon on the right of this page stating that The Budget Bride Boutique is now open!

Budget Bride Boutique Accessories

We have scoured the internet high and low to bring you some of the best priced, most gorgeously detailed and bang on trend products and outfits for your Wedding. We have split the Wedding Shop into six categories for super easy browsing. We have Wedding Accessories, Budget Wedding Dresses , a Bridesmaid Department, Favours, Gifts and Decorations, Personalised Wedding Items and we’ve even got a department just for The Boys!

 Budget Bride Boutique Road Sign

Budget Bride Boutique Accessories

 Bridesmaids Dresses

We have also added a handy search bar at the top of each department, so if you’re looking for a Purple Bridesmaids Dress or a Personalised Wedding Sign, just type it into the search bar to see the results sorted to your exact requirements 😀

All of the products and garments which we have in the Boutique have been specially picked for Brides who are watching their Budget, but who still want great quality and a brilliant array of products to choose from all in one place. Whatever your colour or style theme, we will have something to suit you and your bank account. From personalised rubber stamps and wedding invitations to high fiving cake toppers, we’ve got pretty much every wedding base covered!

 Budget Bride Boutique Personalised

Budget Bride Boutique Luggage Tags

 Budget Bride Boutique Cake Topper

Every product is super clearly priced and you can easily find out more information and place your order with just a couple of clicks. We’ve even arranged for a little array of similar items that you might like, to appear under each product you choose to help inspire you with other wedding items that could compliment or be another great option for you.

I hope that you love our new Budget Bride Boutique and that you are able to find everything that you are looking for for your wedding day! Any suggestions or comments? Just let us know in the Comments Box below, or over on our Facebook page.

Here’s to getting your wedding sorted on budget!

Laura xo

Photographer Credit for image at top of page: Photography by Danielle Mobbs

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 🙂

 
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

Vintage Styled Wedding on a Budget – Meghan and Benjamin

 

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

 Image Courtesy of Pacific Curd Photography

Meghan and Benjamin met in 2009 and have been madly in love from the word go! One beachside proposal, two beautiful babies and four years later, they had a gorgeous vintage themed wedding on a budget, full of handmade details. Over to you, Meghan!

 

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

 Image Courtesy of Pacific Curd Photography

Benjamin and I met back in 2009. Ben has always been so romantic and spoiled me rotten on birthdays and special occasions, trips to London and romantic walks and gestures! In 2010 I fell pregnant with our gorgeous yet cheeky little monkey Alfie who was born in March 2011. We had a whirlwind of moving house and settling down as a new family.

Ben then proposed on a weekend away in May 2012 with his family while the sun set at the beach & we lit a lantern and tried to let it float away but failed miserably When I turned around he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him! All of our family and friends were so excited for us and we booked the wedding for 1 year exactly on the meaningful date of 18th May 2013 which was Bens grandparents wedding anniversary. 

Six weeks later we had another little surprise, I was eight weeks pregnant and due on the 13th January 2013, little Mia decided to make an appearance eight days early on the 5th Jan. Despite the fact everyone thought we were absolutely mad planning a wedding and having another baby in less than a year, we still went ahead with the plans! We were crazy, yes but also crazily in love!

 

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

 Images Courtesy of Pacific Curd Photography

My favourite part of planning the wedding was searching for all of the ideas, creating the mood boards, thinking of unique ideas to make our day that bit more special. Creating the theme and turning it all into reality on the big day! I love being unique and making the little details stand out to people to make it unforgettable.

We had always had a tight budget but when little Mia made an appearance the budget had to get even smaller! I made the most of this by being as creative as possible and picking up bargains along the way.

 

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

Images Courtesy of Pacific Curd Photography

When planning your own wedding you need to stick to the original budget you've always had, and try to get bargains along the way. The more you do for your own wedding the more personal it becomes; try doing the invitations yourself and add personal touches linking to your big day. Find all of your family members and friends that can chip in and help, or if they have any hidden talents then get them involved!

One of my favourite budget wedding suppliers were SouthWest Marquees, they turned a small village hall into a modern looking marquee. It was beautiful and well worth the money although it was one of the biggest parts of our budget. Also, we had a friend who knew of a cake maker and she charged us a fraction of what we had been quoted and she couldn't have done a better job if she tried, it was fab!

Apart from the main items such as caterer, the inside of the marquee and the cars, we did everything else ourselves. From the setting, the centrepieces, the stationary, the favours and the decorations right down to the wishing tree and sweet buffet.

 

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

Images Courtesy of Pacific Curd Photography

My favourite part of the day (apart from becoming Mrs Keates of course!) was seeing everyone's faces at the venue and the lovely comments we got from all of the personalised items we had.

Our theme was Vintage for our wedding day, I decided on this as it was a very popular theme at the time, and I believe it still is! There are thousands of ideas for weddings with this theme and I loved picking and choosing my favourites and tweaking the ideas to make them even more personal.

My tips for the brides to be planning their own wedding, especially on a tight budget is don't stress! It's your big day; don't let panic over money ruin the whole planning process. Each item you choose should be magical and personal to you as a couple, that's what makes the day more unique and unforgettable.

 

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

Images Courtesy of Pacific Curd Photography

I enjoyed the experience of planning my own wedding and I went away wanting to do more! I put myself through an event and wedding planner course and with lots of hard work I qualified within just 3 months. I then started up my own business called Vintage Rose  and I've been going to wedding fairs, joining wedding guilds and meeting lots of lovely new people. I get such a buzz when I meet clients for the first time, finding out what they want, getting to know who they are and turning their big day into their dreams come true! I'm also organising my own wedding fair in Frome at a popular venue where I have lots of lovely local suppliers coming along for the day! I am loving my new job, but most of all I love helping all of the brides to enjoy their wedding days as much as I did mine!

 

Vintage Style Budget Wedding

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What a lovely wedding and romantic story 🙂  Congratulations Meghan and Benjamin!

Laura xx

Create your own Wedsite

 

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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

Top Ten Budget Wedding Favour Ideas

I have always been a massive fan of all things keepsake. I still have various shoe boxes filled with cherished items from my childhood and teenage years and opening up the boxes to look at all of the assorted odds and ends from over the years always takes me back and makes me smile! This is one of the main reasons that I love favours… the opportunity to give a little gift to your guests to say thank you for sharing the day with you, and also to give them a reminder of the day in the years to come. Saying that, I am massively partial to a good edible favour – the prettier, the better!

The great thing with many of the favour ideas that we have suggested below, is that they can double up as wedding name place settings, which means you can save even more of your budget to spend on other things…

But, as always, it’s the small things that mount up and when you need to give favours out to lots of guests it’s more important than ever to keep a firm grasp on your budget. Our Top Ten this week is all about budget beautiful Wedding Favours.

 

1. Show your guests how much you love them – write them a poem! The only limit to this one is your creativity. The poem can be cute, sentimental or funny. You could go one step further and make your poem specific to each of your guests; this is truly a big ‘thank you’ to your friends and family for attending your big day and will give them something really special to remember it by. Get yourself some colourful paper from Hobby Craft or Paperchase to match in with your themes and get writing! For presentation, you can tie the poems up with ribbons, wool or string. Or how about popping them in a tiny glass bottle or folding them into a cute origami heart?

2. Hand painted and varnished pebbles. I love this option as it includes a bit of elbow grease from you (collecting the pebbles – great excuse for a pre wedding weekend away to Brighton?!) but results in a really lovely way to let your guests know where they are seated as well as giving them something to take home as gorgeous keepsake. You can stick to writing your guests name on the top of the pebble and perhaps the wedding date and you and your Husband to Be’s names on the back, or go further and paint pictures or use glitter to add a bit of fun and colour to your wedding breakfast tables.

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3. Sweeties in a beautiful box. This is a good one as you get the best of both worlds – some yummy sweets to eat when you fancy on the wedding day, and a box to take home with you at the end. Check out the lovely gift box options from Wedding Favours Delight. These start from 0.31p per box, so certainly won’t break the back. You can then go to town with what you fill the boxes up with: you could go for delicious home-made fudge or marshmallows, or how about stocking up on jelly beans from your local pick and mix?

 

4. Following on with the edible theme, muffins are always a firm favourite. Easy to make at home, these cost saving favours are sure to make your guests smile! Invest in some pretty cases and maybe some glitter or coloured sugar and you can make sure your celebratory muffins fit in well with your wedding theme. Make sure they are baked nice and fresh the day before your wedding and once they’re cool, wrap in cellophane (clear or coloured), tie up with some ribbon and you have one tasty budget favour!

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5. Giving seeds as a favour is a really nice idea – especially if it’s for something that you know your guests will be able to grow into a tree or maybe a really beautiful flowering plant. This is both symbolic and long lasting. You can buy the seeds from Wilkinsons or your local garden centre and then create your own packaging to ensure your favour matches in with your theme. Alternatively, you can buy the seeds all ready packaged up and printed with your details from £1.20 – I like the ones here: http://www.wildflower-favours.co.uk/categories.asp?Sector_ID=11

 

 

 

6. Candle favours can make a great cost effective option. With all of the colours of the rainbow to choose from and the option to package up your candles in boxes or organza bags, or wrapped in string or ribbon, candle favours are a reliable favourite. You can get two tea lights in a presentation bag or box from Partylite for under £2 per person – call Debbie for more information on 07530 484890.

 

7. Are you having a vintage themed wedding? The favour options with a vintage wedding theme are endless, but I love the idea of giving each of your guests a vintage book that might say something about your wedding, or you and your husband to be, or perhaps about the guest! You can find really inexpensive job lots of old books on ebay, ready for you to tie up with twine and label ready for your wedding guest. If you have plenty of time before your wedding, be sure to trawl some local car boot sales and charity shops, where you will be able to pick up old books for pennies.

 

 

8. If you are handy in the kitchen, you could try making up your own jam and sealing in little pots, topped with coloured cloth and tied up with some ribbon or twine. You can add in the guests name on one side of a label and your wedding date on the other side. If you don’t fancy making the jam, why not buy those gorgeous little pots that you always seem to get at B&B’s by the seaside with your breakfast?! You can buy these individually at Morrisons or you can bulk buy on Ebay where I have seen 72 of the TipTree Strawberry jam mini pots for £15 plus P&P. Use patterned material (flowers or gingham would be pretty) to cut into fabric trim tops to go over the jam jar lids. Perfect!

Photo Credit: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/DoMeAFavour Custom made shabby chic jars from £1 each

 

9. Decorated wine glasses make a fun and pretty budget wedding favour. You can purchase wine or champagne glasses cheaply (get the own brand versions) from Waitrose, Tesco or Matalan. You will need enamel paint and some paintbrushes and then let your imagination do it’s thing! There are some good tutorials on www.wikihow.com

 

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10. Button Badges take me straight back to when I was Ten years old and I was given a badge making machine for Christmas! Who doesn’t love a badge to show off on their lapel?! You can create your badges as place settings with your guests names, or how about making a couple of smaller ones for your guests to take home – one with their name and one with a keepsake reference to your wedding day on it? You can buy the machines for under £10 on Amazon and you will probably have to buy a refill pack to ensure you have enough materials to make the badges for all of your guests. You'll have SO much fun making them!

 

Badge from http://www.zazzle.co.uk/mr_mrs_1_pin-145521120965714858

Happy favour making!

Laura x

Elderflower Champagne – A wedding toast alternative

 

The idea of creating your own home made champagne from something that might be growing in your garden is something that really appeals to me. Not only will you have taken the time to create something that your friends and family can drink and enjoy at wholesale mlb jerseys your engagement party or wedding, you will have saved LOTS of We’re money whilst doing it!

With current trends for all things simple, pretty and retro, this recipe for Elderflower Champagne is quite fitting. cheap mlb jerseys It’s best to make up in plastic drinks bottles the first couple of times that you make it, but then afterthat, you might want to try some strong glass bottles with sturdy stoppers that will look gorgeous at your wedding. Check in with your venue to find out if it is OK to bring your own drinks or if they charge a corkage fee.

What you need…

4.5 litres of hot water

1.5 lbs. white sugar

7 heads of Elderflowers (apparently picking them on a sunny day helps! Make sure the flowers are nice and white and not dropping any petals)

2 thinly sliced lemons

2 tbsp. white wine vinegar

 

How to make it…

Get a BIG pan or totally clean bucket в and pour in the hot water, then add the sugar and stir until dissolved.

Leave the sugar / water mixture to go cold and then add the lemons, elderflower heads and the vinegar and give a good stir.

Cover Mu the pan or bucket with a clean tea towel and leave somewhere undisturbed for 24 hours.

Strain the mixture through a very fine sieve or through a wholesale nfl jerseys clean cloth – this will get rid of all of the little bits, leaving you with a nice mixture ready to turn into the elderflower champagne…

Pour the mixture into bottles – plastic drinks bottles with screw-able lids should be fine. Screw the lids down – but not too tightly. Place the bottles somewhere that you can keep an eye on them.

Every couple of days, check on the bottles. The pressure will start to build up causing bubbles in the mixture so very gently unscrew the lids to release some of the air, and Магнолия-Волга then screw down again. Keep up this process every couple of days for one to two weeks to ensure that the bottles don’t burst.

Once the bubbles have slowed down (usually after about 10 days) screw the lids on the bottles down tight and place the bottles somewhere cool for a few days to DE allow the champagne to carbonate.

After a few days, chill your bottle of elderflower champagne in the fridge. When you are ready to open it, please do so over the sink and point away from you – the pressure will Participation have built up in the bottle and you don’t want to lose all that lovely champagne on the floor!

Serve over ice and lemon – nice 🙂

 

The bottles of champagne should keep for several months. I think wholesale jerseys that this one is definitely worth doing a few practice shots at before your big day, to cheap jerseys online make sure that you’ve got the hang of it. Good luck and let me know how you get on!

Laura x