Beauty And The Blogger
I’ve said before I always envisaged myself getting hitched on the seashore or in jeans in Vegas or something, just me and my husband. wave I always thought that the cost of weddings was ridiculous and was cash that could possibly be a lot better spent elsewhere – plus being the centre of attention isn’t really either of our sort of thing. I blame Pinterest for the fact I ended up having an actual wedding day!
We have been each determined that we would keep to a reasonable funds (a quarter of the average UK marriage ceremony), although just that in itself seems like a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a day, and we managed to stick to it by making a few compromises without making the day look ‘budget’. This meant we could spend more on the honeymoon – we spent more on the honeymoon than the wedding – and not start married life with a ton of debt. Sorry this is an extended submit!
I knew that an enormous hotel kind of marriage ceremony in all probability wouldn’t be for me in terms of fashion or numbers. I wanted something smaller and more intimate, in a barn type of setting but most that I might discover in the area were method exterior of our value vary or not in the prettiest setting . Some of the prices were astounding but remember you may always haggle (attempt for extras thrown in fairly than money off if you’re not getting anywhere) and winter weddings/weddings in the week and even later weddings can work out cheaper.
We acquired married at Leicester Warren Hall in Knutsford, a venue which I could find very little about online, but fell in love with in person. It is in a lovely setting, barn-style and has a bit ceremony room on site which is very Church-esque and form of unusual. I’m planning a assessment on this shortly to help others who might be thinking of getting married there – I’ll replace with a link when that is stay
I didn’t want a big wedding but in total we had about 40 day guests and eighty evening company – we may simply have had extra although neither of us has big families but outre rose hair we prioritised spending the day with our nearest and dearest. For the venue we had, it was the appropriate sort of amount I believe.
Invitations and marriage ceremony stationery printing
All of this was carried out online using PaperShaker – absolute godsend!
Most of my decorations came from Ebay, online or from cheaper retailers. I had sequin tablecloths which I ordered from China (from here) for the same price as it might have price to rent them, photobooth props from Ebay, candlestick holders from Matalan and photoframes from Poundland ha! I didn’t do marriage ceremony favours either as they only end up in the bottom of someone’s hadbag or kitchen drawer in my opinion, unless you give food, I acquired some little custom hearts printed from Ebay with our names and marriage ceremony date which a lot of people ended up taking dwelling. I was actually pleased about this as I might thought about giving them as favours but didn’t think anyone would want them!
Image from Ebay
I had actual peony bouquets and buttonholes but my funds simply wouldn’t stretch to table arrangements and many others – and i made the decision only to spend for the wedding on gadgets where I could recoup the spend to some extent – so I made the decision to go for fake peonies in my marriage ceremony colours (from Ebay). You possibly can find a centrepiece tutorial here.
I had two bridesmaids, Matt had a best man – no little flowergirls or ushers or extended, convoluted bridal parties. One in every of my associates had seven bridesmaids because she just could not choose and the thought of what she should have spent on our hair, dresses and jewellery alone makes me wince. Her wedding was fab though!
My cake was from Vanilla Nova after buying a Residing Social deal – the cake was absolutely amazing, we saved money but we didn’t must compromise on buying a bog commonplace cake from the high street that I’ve read some disappointed reviews about. We had strawberry, vanilla, lemon and chocolate orange tiers and truly managed to take some dwelling. I had a few folks text us after the wedding specifically to say how nice the cake was! Topper is a custom design from funkylaser.com.
Wedding ceremony Car
No wedding car for me – just a few hundred pounds for a 20 minute journey (I bought married and had the reception and so forth in the same place) was just not feasible so my bridesmaid’s boyfriend drove us all up in his fancy car. It worked out better practically in the end anyway. And solely the photographer noticed us arrive as everyone was already inside.
My dress was from a wedding warehouse place (this one in Stockport). I spent about half what most people I know paid for their wedding costume and I was really really proud of the one I found, it was exactly what I needed. Okay so it is not as glamorous or pampering as getting fawned over in a conventional bridal shop and if they do not have your size that’s it but that’s where the money’s saved. It wanted no alterations however I could not wear heels with it (boo) so I just wore some Primark flip flops for comfort as you could not see them, so classy.
Calling in favours
Matt’s a instructor so we had his colleague, who teaches images, doing our wedding photos and we were so happy with the end results! He normally does arty stuff somewhat than weddings however he is now’s considering of branching out to do a bit extra industrial pictures. He even put collectively a selfie station for our friends which has produced some hilarious photographs! Another one that really helped us out was a household pal who sewed my crystal belt to my gown.
I do not really feel sentimental about something I purchased for my wedding ceremony – I am a bit anti litter so at the tip of the day it is simply stuff that had a goal and now it does not. I’ve Ebayed all my decorations and that i plan on promoting my gown as quickly as it’s again from the dry cleaners which a great deal of persons are completely aghast at. I am going to keep a few bits in my reminiscence field like an invite, the tablecloth samples, Matt’s speech and many others. however realistically I won’t wear my costume again and there’s not much call for a sequin tablecloth in my day by day life..
The only spend I’d change
The only factor that I felt like was a little bit of a waste of cash was the large fancy lodge we stayed in on our wedding night – we got there effectively after midnight and checked out at about 10:30am, most of which was spent asleep so it’s not like we appreciated the room/made full use of all the swanky amenities and so forth. Matt did not even get up for breakfast he was so hungover tired. We could have stayed somewhere nice for half what we spent and had the same experience easily. But in order for you a really fancy resort..then go for it!
In the long run..
I cherished our marriage ceremony day, what we had was perfect for us, all of our company really enjoyed it and I don’t feel like that by making these little tweaks we lost anything in the method or that it felt bland/low-cost, our associates and family all had an amazing time (as did we!). Plus our marriage ceremony and honeymoon has now been totally paid for in full, phew, so no debt hanging over us while we move into the next stage of life as Mr and Mrs.
My greatest advice to brides is to remember it’s your marriage ceremony day, don’t get too caught up within the hype or what other people suppose you must do. You will discover lots of people have loads of opinions on what’s proper/what’s an absolute wedding Should, just let it wash over you and have the wedding you want. Oh, and it’s ok to have a few meltdowns alongside the way in which, trustworthy.