A Sun Dappled Vintage Wedding Shoot at Barton Hall

I’m really pleased to share this vintage themed wedding shoot with you today, brought together by a team of passionate wedding suppliers in the East Midlands. Amanda from Something Borrowed Bridal talked us through the ideas behind the shoot…

“So much work and preparation is put into planning a wedding and huge amounts of commitment and organisation are required even when it is a wedding photo shoot! Then there is the weather, will it rain or will the sun shine gloriously down upon us to produce images the photographer can work with to dazzle us with in years to come?  Well on this occasion the gods were feeling generous as we arrived at Barton Hall to create the most perfect day, a wedding photo shoot to inspire all brides to be!"


“We had all worked together as a team, a collaboration of some of the best wedding suppliers in the local area to produce awe inspiring wedding scenes to whet your appetite!”


“We decided to use the incredible venue of Barton hall with its handsome and bold house frontage; delicate and beautiful orangery with fabulous intricate iron work on the glass panels and breath-taking glass domes in the ceiling, creating rainbows of light throughout.”



“This fabulous architecture is topped with the beautiful sloping Gardens.  I am a bit of a romantic and was bowled over by the natural beauty of this venue, even the stone benches under the ancient trees added glamour to the garden. The beautiful trees within the grounds added stunning focal points to the gardens and added beautifully to the photos taken by Sarah-Jane of Daring to Dream Photography.”



“We had a selection of ladies modelling who all were made all the more lovely by Ainsley and Gracie Lou who worked non stop during the day, whilst simultaneously watching her two toddlers who were intent on escape. They really showed their talent at remaining calm and turning already beautiful ladies into movie stars, just as all brides to be deserve.”


“Five of the models were dressed by Carolyn’s Collection in mother of the bride outfits and sported some incredible outfits and spectacular hats.”


“Our handsome male models were dressed by Vickers Menswear, as was the younger member of the wedding party. they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the wedding shoot with plenty of time for mischief and climbing trees!”


“One cheeky member of the wedding party even ran off with the bride!”



“We had three unique beautiful brides who were all styled in wedding dresses from Something Borrowed Bridal.  The focus of the day was a Vintage theme and each of the dresses was planned to encapsulate that.

The beautiful co-ordinating flowers were created with love and attention by Charlotte Davies. From the magnificent vintage headdress that makes such a statement, to the loosely tied vintage bouquet. The scent of the blooms filled the room beautifully.”


“We had a gorgeous little bridesmaid for the wedding photo shoot who worked the role of princess perfectly!”



“The bride arrived in style in a Vintage VW Camper van from Fun Dubbin Occasions perfect for the vintage theme.”



“The bride crossed the breath-taking lawns for the ceremony shoot to take place in the orangery, which had been styled in a vintage fashion by Through the Looking Glass Events and Charlotte Davies Flowers, with a beautiful aisle laid with vases of flowers at each end.” 

“I love how the models truly got into part – look at the emotion in this picture!”



“The Orangery was once more transformed by Through the Looking Glass events into the reception venue with round tables adorned with vintage china, candelabras, and bunting decorated the walls.”



“Everything about this wedding shoot spoke of charm, nostalgia and elegance. The incredibly styled wedding cake was a perfect touch - in a duck egg blue by Cakes from the Heart.”



“For the evening shoot, the wedding party and guests relaxed in the opulent Vines Restaurant, after what had been a brilliant day and certainly one to remember for everyone involved!”




Thank you so much to Amanda from Something Borrowed Bridal for sending in this Vintage themed photo shoot! I hope that it has given you some great inspiration for your wedding day.


The Team who made it happen…

Dresses: Something Borrowed Bridal  www.somethingborrowedbridal.co.uk

Photography:  www.daringtodreamphotography.co.uk

Styling: www.throughthelookingglassevents.co.uk

Make-up:  www.makeupbyainsley.co.uk

Flowers: www.flowersbycharlottedavies.co.uk

Cake: www.cakesfromtheheart.co.uk

VW Camper Van:  www.fundubbinoccasions.co.uk

Occasional Wear: www.carolynscollection.co.uk

The Venue: Barton Hall: www.bartonhall.com

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

Phase 8 Wedding Dresses

Today, I have been looking through the online wedding boutique at Phase 8. Their wedding dress collection includes beautiful floaty frocks ranging between £130 and £750 and in sizes 6 to 20.

I like the elegant lines of the dresses – very modern and non-fussy. I can imagine that staying in one of these dresses for the whole of your wedding day would be a breeze, with lightweight silhouettes and beautiful lacy fabrics.

Here are some of my favourite wedding dresses from their collection…


This Mariette Wedding Dress is £650 and is covered in delicate lace with shimmering beads – so pretty. I especially like the length of the dress, so that you can show off your shoes!


The Eliza Wedding Dress is £750 and has gorgeous capped sleeves and a crystal bead finish.



The Carolina Lace Wedding Dress is £550 and has a beautifully detailed design. Your waist will be cinched in with the satin bow – very feminine.


I can’t get enough of this Daisy Embroidered Dress - £250. On the site, it is down as a Prom Dress, but I think this make a beautiful wedding dress to walk down the aisle and party the day away in!


I’m also impressed with the other options available at Phase 8. There is a colourful and well-priced selection of Bridesmaid Dresses as well as gorgeous accessories to choose from including fascinators, handbags and shoes.

Happy Shopping!

Laura xx

Wedding Guest Outfits on a Budget

2013 is turning out to be a wonderful year for me wedding-wise. So far, I have not one, not two, but THREE weddings to attend, which makes me a very happy girly indeed!

Along with all of the excitement of the wedding preparations - the girly telephone conversations, the planning of the hen do’s and helping out with themes - there is also the best excuse EVER to go out and treat yourself to a new outfit to wear on the day.

As a confirmed bargain hunter and eBay addict, I always relish the challenge of putting together an amazing new outfit without upsetting my bank balance too much.

I went for an open minded mooch around the shops to get some inspiration and after finding a dusky pink feather fascinator in Accessorize, I knew that the theme for my first outfit was decided!

Chocolate brown and dusky pink are a match made in heaven, so I was over the moon when I won this gorgeous barely used Coast  dress on Ebay – an absolute bargain at £41 (around £135 new).



And the dress even comes with a separate net underskirt to add volume, if you want it.



And these Karen Millen heels blew me away! I knew that I wanted a peep toe and when I saw the strap and the snakeskin, I knew that they were the perfect match for the dress… I won with a bid of £19.99 on Ebay and am now the proud owner of a practically new pair of Karen Millen heels worth around £140.



And to top it all off, what do you think of my fascinator? It is very easy to wear as you just slide it into the side of your ‘do and you’re away! I will be wearing my hair in a chignon for this wedding, so a feather head piece should go perfectly! This was a bit of a splash at £17 from Accessorize     but I think that I have saved enough on the dress and shoes to make it ok!



I wanted to go for a really pretty clutch bag to compliment the outfit and so that no bag straps would ruin the lines of the dress. I found this little satin clutch bag on Ebay for £19.99 – I love the little crystal flower details.



So my entire first wedding outfit might look like I have spent over £300 but has actually come in at under £100 – outfit number one sorted!

Is 2013 a big wedding year for you as a guest? Let us know what look you will be going for!


Laura xx

Sumptuous on Saturday – Just for Eve

We were so pleased to welcome the gorgeous Just For Eve to The Budget Bride Company this week. Just For Eve is a couture bridal underwear company, specialising in creating bespoke embroidered knickers and fabulous garters.


We love the luxurious look and feel to the pieces created by Just For Eve. By using the best silk, lace and tulle’s, you can be sure that your garment will be a really special touch on your wedding day.



We had a catch up with Ali Simmons – the founder and director of Just For Eve, to find out a little bit more about the lady behind the brand!
How did Just For Eve come about?

I launched Just For Eve in April 2012. My friend was getting married and I wanted to give her something different and personal – something that she could keep as a special memory of her wedding day. The idea came to me when I was standing in a Marks and Spencer lingerie department! A pair of bridal knickers with her new married name embroidered on the back. I created the underwear for her and she loved them! Word spread and other friends started to request the embroidered knickers for their wedding days too; it was then that I realised this would make a perfect business for me to run.

What inspires you in your work?

Inspiration comes from all around me. It can be a particular shade of colour, or a sparkly pair of earrings, a pattern in a wall paper, or a wedding photograph. It can be anything that fires my imagination!

Do trends have any impact on your design?

Because all of our garments are bespoke, it means that we aren’t restricted by trends. We can tailor a garter or add an embroidery colour that matches the brides wedding theme.

What has been your greatest achievement?

So far my greatest achievement has been creating the Just For Eve brand. It has been completely out of my comfort zone and a huge learning curve.  If you had said to me this time last year this is where I'd be now I would have laughed and probably had a nervous breakdown! It has been stressful, tiring, hectic but overwhelmingly I have loved every minute of it.

What is the future for Just For Eve?

The future is to keep developing and adding new garments to our collections.  I’m very excited about the year ahead, as I have some great new lines coming soon. We will also be developing the website further and we will look forward to seeing Just For Eve grow!



You can find Just For Eve listed nationwide in our Accessories Category. Their Knickers start from £28 and Garters are available from £25.


Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at this week’s Sumptuous on Saturday! It is possible for all brides to have a bit of lux on a budget…

Laura xx

Sumptuous on Saturday – Oliver Bonas Jewellery

I’m sure that I have no need to remind you of my massive appreciation and love for the range of boutiques that are Oliver Bonas. Since discovering them at Kings Cross St Pancras last year, I have become a huge fan of their gorgeous array of bohemian and feminine dresses, their beautiful print t-shirts and their soft knits. I adore the home ware and I could literally buy their entire jewellery collection if I could!


But the thing that I love most about Oliver Bonas (apart from the style) are the prices. I love the fact that you can buy a really kooky, beautifully cut dress for £50.


And the same goes for their jewellery range. With prices starting at £8, I know that it would be my first stop off for sorting out my wedding day jewellery.


With branches dotted all over London and now a couple of boutiques in Bristol and Cambridge as well as their fantastic on-line ordering service, you don’t have to miss out.


Here are some of my current favourites from the Oliver Bonas Jewellery collection:



These Silver Cyndy Earrings are £18


Ju Ju Pearl Stud Earrings are £9.50


This Silver Love Bird Necklace is £38


Add some drama to your wedding day look with this Elpida Bracelet - £22




Pearls are a girl’s best friend! This faux pearl bracelet has a pretty pink finish and is a steal at £5.


Enjoy looking for your gorgeous bridal jewellery on a budget! Hope you have liked the little bit of Sumptuous on a Saturday today!


Laura xx

Old School Glamour Wedding Inspiration

When I was a little girl, my Grandmother seemed like the most glamorous woman in the world to me. Wafting around in a cloud of Chanel Number 5, wearing beautiful fitted dresses and wrapped in fur coats (and always with a cigarette in one hand), she was the pinnacle of Glamour to me.


We had to get our number one Hollywood Glamour Lady in pretty quickly, right? There’s a reason that Marilyn Monroe became such an icon. Playing up all of her womanly assets to the max and knowing how to dress, style her hair and her strong make-up combined packed an amazing punch.


Women in the 40s, 50’s and 60’s had it sorted style wise. Hair in curls, slicks of red lipstick and feline black eyeliner with a smudge of rouge, the look was pure bombshell – especially when teamed with the beautifully fitted dresses and stilettos that were the rage over these decades.


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Today, old school glamour has made its comeback in a big way. Dita von Teese, Gwen Stefani and Scarlett Johansen all now how to work this feminine look to its max – what’s not to like?!


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This year, old school glamour is big news for weddings. A fantastically flattering look teamed with incredible opportunities for venue decoration, favours and music, this theme is definitely one to pick up and run with!


 The Look

So as a bride, the style opportunities here are too good to miss: bombshell hair, make-up, dresses and shoes. This is one fantastic way to rule the roost on your big day!! And the retro vibe to this style means that you can go crazy for shopping in charity shops and on ebay – keeping costs down and your look unique!


£499 on http://www.preloved.co.uk/adverts/show/107542793/beautiful-ronald-joyce-chanel-59061-wedding-dress.html


 1940s style wedding shoes: £30 from Girls of Elegance.


Magic Ink Black Eyeliner £14.50 from Benefit

Rouge Edition Lipstick from Bourjois


The Transport

Opting for old school glamour makes choosing your wedding transport a lot easier. This will narrow down your options and means that the most cost effective option will stand out easily for you. Or perhaps you know someone with a classic car? Whatever you choose, make sure you arrive in style!


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The Photography

Choose your photographer carefully. You will need to be as comfortable as possible with your photographer and will need to be reassured that the quality and style will totally show off your incredible day. Talk about your theme with him or her and see what suggestions they have for pulling the Glamour theme through into your photographs.


 Image courtesy of Laura McFarlane Photography – packages from £500


The Favours

To pull your glamour theme through to your favours for your guests, how about a gorgeous red lipstick for each of the girls and a bow tie for each of the boys?! We love the red lipstick here for £1.25 each and the bow ties from here are only £1.75 each!


The Venue Decoration

Old school Glamour = roses and lilies, twinkly lights and red carpets. We love the idea of old styled champagne glasses – how about creating a display?

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The Hen Do

We love the idea of a fun burlesque class for you and your hens – dress up and learn some new slinky moves before heading off for some old school glamour cocktails! Try The Academy of Burlesque and Cabaret


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Let us know if you are going full on glamour for your wedding day – we would love to hear all of the glossy plans!


Don’t forget your beauty spot girls!

Laura x

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

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue – Part 2

Last week, we started off this series of blog posts on the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on your wedding day. You can catch up with the Something Old post here and today we go on to have a look at my personal favourite – something new!


Part Two – Something New…

Finding your Something New to wear on your wedding day should be a complete treat! If you have time on your side, you can pull together lists of your favourite things to choose from, or save pictures on your Pinterest  page from all of the different catalogues or websites that you have been checking through.


I think the best Something New that we could start with is probably the most obvious one; your Wedding Dress! We absolutely adore this Trudy Lee knee length taffeta dress from Calm Weddings for £500


Jewellery is another great area to incorporate Something New into your look. Perhaps your beau is planning on buying you something new to wear on the wedding day? How about hinting for this stunning pair of handmade cluster pearl earrings from the gorgeous Supernova Gold - £23


Are you going to be investing a gorgeous new pair of shoes to complete your outfit? Choose a fantastic pair that will be both glamorous and comfortable on the day. And if you are able to dress them down to wear again perhaps with a pair of jeans another time, then all the better justification for buying a new pair for the big day!! We’ve fallen in love with these Jenny Pacham Peep Toes for £35 from Debenhams.


Is your wedding hair do going to be up or down? We love this pretty daisy hairclip; with a Swarovski crystal centre, it will add a gorgeous bit of sparkle to your wedding hair style at £10.80 from Flutterby Weddings.


There is nothing quite like the luxury of indulging in new makeup! Going to a makeup counter can be a great idea as you will benefit from the assistants knowledge. You might be able to get a free makeover along with some expert advice on how to apply the makeup. You can also ask for guidance on what colours will work best with your skin tone and the colours you are planning to wear on your wedding day. It is also worth checking out on-line tutorials like the Beauty School at Benefit to get some inspiration on colours and how to apply. For the best prices, shop around on-line on sites such as Pique Perfumes and The Cosmetic House.


Do you want to make sure you make it to the church on time? A brand new watch will be a lovely reminder of your wedding day that you can wear every day after the big day if you want to! We love this delicate stone set silver watch by Oasis for £19.99.

I hope you are enjoying shopping for your Something New… Let us know what you will be including with your wedding day outfit!


Laura xx

Budget Beautiful Wedding Shoes

It’s no secret that shoes in general are one of my favourite things in the world. My love affair started in the pram, and as my Mum can testify, my very first word was ‘Shoe’! I then remember getting a pair of Clarkes ‘Magic Steps’ when I was about seven years old – I truly believed that I was the girl in the ad! Remember this?!



Growing up, my love affair with shoes has carried me through first purple, then black and finally flower covered Doc Martens, Adidas Shell Toe trainers, through to fake croc skin loafers and now my absolute favourite – Irregular Choice shoes. I have always been on the hunt for a great deal and will happily scour the internet for hours to find the best deal if there is a specific pair that I just HAVE to have in my life.

Did I mention my love for fake animal print and online bargains?! Here is a selection of some of the favourites from my own collection…



It’s so important to get your wedding shoes right. You have to take look, feel and price into consideration. As a massive flatty fan, I love the thought of rocking a pair of beautiful white pumps or perhaps a pair with a nice kitten heel. White wellington boots if you’re getting married in a rainy month (hold on – isn’t that all year round in the UK?!) are a great kooky look!


It is so frustrating though, when every pair of wedding shoes that you come across have a ridiculously high price tag. You need beautiful (and preferably comfortable!) wedding shoes that you make you feel like a princess (but maybe not the one from the Magic Steps ad!!) that will leave you with plenty of wedding budget to spend on other elements of your big day.


For that reason, we have searched the web high and low for you and have found these absolute gems – all for £50 and under. Hope you love them as much as we do.


These beautiful cross strap heels have something of the Art Deco about them. I love the pearl and crystal detail. £50 from With a Touch of Sparkle Budget Collection.

These rhinestone detail wedges are amazing! I’m a big fan of wedges due to the comfort factor whilst keeping some height. These beauties are currently on sale with Light in the Box for £19.28 (usual price £41.79).



These snub toe court shoes are classic and classy and would pair well with a more detailed dress. At £30 from Next, you can’t go wrong.


Are you going for a prom style knee length wedding dress? These gorgeous patent red heels would really make a statement. £40 from Schuh.



If it’s flats you’re looking for, you’ve just got to love these Ballerina style shoes. The lace detail is so pretty and check out that bow! £40 from Not On The Highstreet.Com


Wow, these quirky purple Converse sneakers would be a real talking point! Colour flashes are always so great to see! £45 from Bank Fashion.



We would love to know about your wedding shoes – have you bought yours yet or are you still looking for the perfect pair? We’d love to share shoe stories!!

Love from Laura xx