With the average cost of a wedding in the UK at a whopping £24,716, (September 2014) many couples save for years to be able to afford their dream day. But what if you can have an equally as special day for £20,000 less? Bride Shelley Richmond did just that and proved that getting married doesn’t mean a future of debt and loans.
In fact they planned their whole wedding and got married for less than £4000. Sticking to a strict budget can be a challenge in this article we discuss how to manage your wedding budget and what your likely to spend your money on.
Shelley from Terrington in Yorkshire, whose jobs include wedding photographer, artist and founder of Pretty Thrifty, a budget wedding blog for ‘couples with more sense than money’, spoke to KTB about her own ‘pretty thrifty’ day.
What part of the wedding did you save the most money on?
I think the bit that we saved the most money on was probably the catering, we only bought the ingredients which came in at about £5 per head. The food was exceptional, a sit-down 3 course menu designed especially for us which would have normally cost around £50 per head.
Tell us a bit about your dress…
My dress I made myself, from fabric I sourced at wholesale prices and it cost around £75 with all the thread and fastenings in there too. I saw an image on Pinterest that I fell in love with but I couldn’t find anything similar anywhere. When I tried on a few dresses in boutiques felt that I couldn’t find anything that suited me so I decided to have a go at making it myself. It was a complete DIY as I didn’t use a pattern but I did have an old tea dress from Primark that I liked the shape of so I used that as a bit of a template, added sleeves, extended the length and added a little volume at the back. It took me a fair old while but I was so pleased with it in the end.
What part of the day cost the most?
We spent quite a bit on booze (about £1000) because we wanted to have a free bar for everyone (120 people) I didn’t want any of my friends or family to have to be put out financially by attending our wedding.
What was your favourite part of the day?
What tips would you give to other brides who want a wedding on a budget?
Would you recommend tying the knot this way?
Yes absolutely! Have the massive party that you want but don’t spend a fortune on it, it won’t make you feel any happier that you already will be, you will have a brilliant time regardless if you’re marrying someone you love and spending the day with all your favourite people I promise!
We love Shelley and Paul’s thrifty day, did you do something similar? Let us know!
Photos courtesy of www.djbp.co.uk
Shelley’s blog – www.prettythrifty.co.uk/