We didn’t scrimp and save too much, but there were certain things that we decided to do ourselves making it cheaper and also more personal. Our Hope St Hotel venue and designer dresses 👗 made it easily look like a £20k wedding! I’d been in and out of hospital with severe endometriosis, so to have such an amazing wedding really after everything we had been through really was a dream come true.
Here’s how we did so well on such a small budget….
1. Ask friends and family to do your Photography
My Aunty, Debbie Mears Prince offered to do our wedding photos as our wedding present and they are quite easily the best I’ve ever seen! She was thrilled when the registrars said that they would let her photograph any part of the service.
The likelihood is that someone you know will do photography professionally or at least semi professionally. Don’t be afraid to call in the favours or ask for reduced rates. Not paying for a photographer saved us in the region of £1000 to £1500 and the outcome was stunning.
2. Do the flowers yourself
I say do the flowers yourself, but admittedly my mom stepped up to this role! It’s easy to buy silk flowers from your local florist. Some of ours were from John Lewis and others were from local florists in Liverpool and Oxford. The benefit of silk flowers is that you don’t need to pick them up the morning of the wedding or worry about them dying.
3. Trade in the formal wedding breakfast for a meal at your local restaurant
We booked in at La Tasca on Queens square where they decorated the tables to perfection before we arrived. We love tapas and the pre booked menu could be ordered for meat eaters, Vegans and veggies. We even had speaches as the place was pretty much empty on a Saturday afternoon.
4. Bridesmaids can buy their own dresses and shoes
I gave my bridesmaids the colour scheme (pinks and lilacs) and let them choose, buy and wear what they wanted. I didn’t even bother co-ordinating, and damn they looked good! I will be more than happy to buy my own dress when I am bridesmaid for my sister at her wedding next year.
5. Skip the three tier cake
If your guest list doesn’t exceed 100, you don’t really need to get a three tier wedding cake. We went for the Millennium Falcon. This was complimented by Adventure Time cupcakes!