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 🙂

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Laura xx

Photographs by Ali Khan