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‘My DIY Wedding Saved Me Thousands’: The Secrets to a Special Day on a Budget

Thursday 4th April 2019

In a Recent poll, half of us think we spend more on weddings than in the past, seven in ten of those asked blamed the soaring price of wedding venues. Nearly four in five couples choose DIY weddings over a package, and one in three held the wedding in their own home. But not everyone can fit their family into a two-bed semi. When it comes to weddings, thinking imaginatively is the key and will save you thousands. Two DIY brides share their secrets to a 'homemade' celebration Tracy and Mel, on how they saved money on their 'homemade' weddings. Tracy. We didn't just want to save money, but make it more personal. We've been to lots of different weddings and decided to avoid a hotel wedding, where you have to use their set bands and restrictions. Instead, we found a venue, Polhawn Fort on the south coast of Cornwall, just around the corner from Plymouth, with its endless coastal views. You can choose a whole weekend or a midweek wedding, it's your call. You hire the venue, then do whatever you want with it, the place is all yours for the duration. We had three days with the people we value most. They said: "Here's the keys - do what you want." A lot of our close friends stayed there all weekend, either in the Fort or in Log cabins just up the road or at the camp site. On the Friday our friends, family, bridesmaids & groomsmen had a great time helping us to customise the venue for the Saturday, it really was a lot of fun and they felt much more involved. Sunday was a chill out day eating & drinking around the BBQ - brilliant! We collected or made everything we wanted for the wedding weekend, I say we, I mean friends and family helped too! Everyone mucked in, aunty made the cake, Mum the flowers - not all real but mixed, so difficult to tell real from silk! Things like signage made by the boys from rustic old crates & pallets. We found yards of cheep muslin material, which the girls help drape around the ceremony room - looked fab! We made our own invitations. That was definitely about money - I was begrudging spending £300 when we could do it ourselves for £25 on the computer. Also, I think invitations are the sort of thing people look at, note down the date and then throw in the bin. In terms of entertainment, we were lucky to have some talented friends so we didn't spend any money - they loved playing throughout the day and the evening. The same applies to our DJ - a close friend and he was just amazing! I got my dress in a sample sale. Instead of paying £1,675 I got it for £800. Sample sales in good shops are excellent - and all very organised. They let three of you in at a time and if you find the right dress, you can take it away with you. There were some £500 shoes I wanted but couldn't afford. Then I went to a wedding fair and the shoe designer was selling them off for £100. We found the grooms suit on eBay for £60 - worn once!. Had it tailored to fit for £50. There was no staff at the venue. We set up tables ourselves the day before and worked with a local caterer. When it came to food, we had sharing boards and we put together our own dessert table bought from Morrisons. It was more laidback and it worked out so much cheaper than a posh meal. The wedding cake, made by my Aunt was a three-tier sponge with different tiers, one was chocolate! This was our dessert, with clotted cream - yummy and cost us nothing. It was her wedding present! The venue didn't have a corkage fee, so we could bring the alcohol ourselves, which was a lot cheaper. During the day our guests drinks/wine were free. However, in the evening we had an honest box where guests could chuck a quid in if they had one of our drinks, or they brought their own to drink. The point is, we wanted it to be personal, and we did it together - I was lucky my groom was really into it. We must have saved around £7,000. A wedding is the biggest party you're doing to throw with all of your favourite people, so I didn't just want to see them for an afternoon. I wanted them for the week end, and the money to be spent creatively to make it last as long as possible Mel. We got married at the registrar office the day before, a quick ten minutes in and out. We had a blessing ceremony on the day - loved it! I had such a clear image of how I wanted the day to look and feel that the thought of having a package wedding didn't really appeal. One place wanted £17,000 just for food and hiring the venue for the day. I am quite a creative person and wanted to be as hands on as possible. It was great because the money we saved on the venue, invites and cake that we were able to spend more on making sure everyone had a good time. We asked some local farmers if they had a barn we could borrow, and got lucky! it was a blank canvas and we could decorate it pretty much how we liked. We bought all the flowers from our local superstore and then arranged them in jars, bottles and buckets. I was even still arranging bridesmaids flowers on the morning of the wedding. We had so many compliments on the flowers. My mum did an amazing job. She isn't a florist - she just has a natural ability to create beautiful bouquets. My dad and I designed the invitations - we drew a picture of the Barn and even a hand-drawn map. I was lucky enough to have my dress made by my friend. Between us we designed the dress and then she created it. We opted for a barbecue instead of a sit down meal as we wanted to be able to relax and mingle with all our guests. It also worked out at more than half the price. We had a cake table and asked some family and friends if they would mind baking something nice. The table was overflowing with carrots cake, chocolate cake, meringues, cupcakes, lemon drizzle and flapjacks. We even had a dairy free option. My sister made the wedding cake. As we didn't have to pay corkage we provided the booze ourselves. It was great because with the money we saved, we were able to spend more on making sure everyone had a good time. Having done so much ourselves we really wanted a lasting memory of it all, especially a video. We thought about asking friends to do it, however we took their advice and got a pro, and what a good decision that was. However even here we saved some money, by promising to water and feed him for the day and he was local, so no travelling expense etc. Gil gave us a good deal. You can save £££££ if you think imaginativelyFriends & Family would love to be involved - just ask!Look for the unusual venue - It may be just a field, or an empty old rustic barn - and it may be free! -Just ask! Make it Fun and Personal…

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Why it pays to DIY at your wedding

Monday 4th February 2019
Gil Gilroy

DIY weddings are one of the most cost effective ways to say "I do", however, that isn't the only reason why a DIY wedding might be the ideal choice. Let's take a look at some good reasons why it pays to DIY your wedding. You can make your wedding hugely personal DIY means that you take charge of all things related to your wedding and make sure that it is exactly what you want it to be. Get help from Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Family etc. they will love buying into and feeling much more part of the day. There is nothing better than having a personal wedding that is the perfect reflection of you as a couple. Don't just rely on the wedding coordinator to get it right. It can give an incredibly relaxed vibe Some couples may like a formal wedding, but there are planty who are going to enjoy a relaxed and informal wedding too. Taking a DIY approach on your wedding day is going to give you an incredibly relaxed vibe, which your guests are going to love just as much as you will. You can be creative Even if you don't think of yourself as hugely creative, organising a wedding is going to bring out a creative side that you may not have realised that you had. You are going to need to think outside the box and come up with ideas that need some careful consideration. In the end you may surprise yourself by what you can come up with. You can do it together Another great benefit to DIY weddings is that couple can do it together. You can make the big decisions together, you can try your hand at crafty bits together and of course you can sit down together and talk about the ways that you can DIY. It saves you money One of the biggest positives about DIY at your wedding is that it saves you money. You can think about the areas that you don't mind doing a bit of DIY and saving cash, then put this alongside the areas that you are happy to pay out for. As you can see, there are a number of reasons why it may pay to DIY at your wedding. Why not try some of the amazing DIY ideas that you can find online and see if you can save yourself some cash as well as have a brillant wedding to remember?…

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DIY WEDDINGS

Monday 4th February 2019
Gil Gilroy

DIY Wedding - Take a look at some ways for saving money on your wedding, without skimping on quality. 1 - Choose Your Dates Wisely Peak months: late summer through to autumn, prices skyrocket between August and September Why not go for a fresh springtime wedding instead? Choose a more offbeat date and save money 2 - Consider A Second-Hand Dress New wedding dresses can set you back thousands. You will be surprised what's out there! Why not opt for a less costly alternative and browse for a used dress? You'll pinch the pennies and have your choice of some stunning vintage gowns too! 3 - DIY Invitations Be inventive, Instead of forking out ££££'s for a stack of readymade invitations, add your own personal touch by creating them yourself - loads of 'know How' online & YouTube 4 - Shop Around for Rings It's easy to overspend on wedding rings - consider cheaper options. Second-hand and antique shops are treasure troves for discovering beautiful and unique wedding bands that won't cost the earth and will look just as fabulous. 5 - Borrow What You Can Every bride needs something borrowed! Save money and stress ask around for extra accessories. Maybe your Gran has a hairband from her wedding day she can lend you, or get your friends to lend you cufflinks, shoes and jewellery. You'll look just as fab and you'll be saving £££'s! 6 - Outdoor or Indoor Reception Venue? Save yourself £££'s, enjoy a marquee in a meadow with a buffet instead. Amazing what can be borrowed to personalise this, from rustic crates to straw bales, from candelabras to signage. It's a cheaper and party-friendly alternative that doesn't require an expensive catering team to pull off. There are lots of ways of having the best time on your big day, without breaking the bank.…

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Revealed: The True Cost of Weddings in the UK

Sunday 3rd February 2019
Guides for Brides

The Typical cost of a wedding in the UK is under £12,000 In the most extensive report to date, new figures from over 18,000 couples getting married during 2017 and 2018. These finding are significant as previous reports have put the cost of a wedding at £32,000, leading couples to believe that a beautiful wedding is out of their financial reach. In a recent poll, 83% said that the cost of weddings puts people off getting married. It's not that couples are spending any less, it's simply that previous reports centred around London and included some unusually high budget weddings that significantly raised the average cost, some couples are spending a very significant amount on getting married, with plenty of budgets over £100,000 and more. This news should reassure the more typical wedding consumers and lead to an increased number of weddings.…

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The Great Outdoor Wedding - in a Tree House!

Saturday 30th January 2016

The Great Outdoor Wedding Weddings today are much more creative and adventuress I felt I just had to mention this one, the couple decided to hold their wedding in a TREE HOUSE! All set in the middle of a wood, their outdoor ceremony looked -well different but very special. Think foliage, ferns, wild flowers, blankets spread on the ground. I am seeing more and more couples in the UK choosing to hold their wedding in the Great British outdoors, and why not? With beautiful diverse scenery and settings there are so many beautiful spots where couples would like to commit to one another. Sadly though here in the UK (not including Scotland) you cannot legally marry anywhere you may wish. There are certain laws and regulations in place and you can only legally marry in registered venues or religious places of worship. There are options though. Plus you can make them look really special without spending lots of money. Many venues are starting to register options to marry outdoors. Many options are in a gazebo type structure in gardens, this can be a lovely option for a relaxed ceremony. Take a look at your local council's website for local registered ceremony venues. If you have a place, which is close to your heart, then why not have a blessing or non-religious humanist ceremony there. Make this your main wedding celebration and have a low-key legal ceremony in advance. This way you make it more meaningful and you can have the perfect ceremony in your dream place. In the US and even in Scotland you can marry pretty much anywhere you like. Make sure you go through the legal process to make sure your wedding is legal and proper. But you can essentially marry wherever you set your heart, from beach to mountain or Tree House…

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A Vintage Fifties Wedding on a Budget?

Wednesday 1st July 2015

The 1950s was a time of pastel colours, patterned dresses, lace and pearls, long gloves, hats and eccentric dancing, fun, creative, crazy and retro! and a 1950s wedding theme is a fantastic way to spend the day, for both the bride and groom and the guests. The 50's jolted the world out of its crooner inspired comfort zone and best of all it's right back on trend. it doesn't matter that you weren't there, just dare yourself to be different, go for style, fun, colour and a wedding to remember. With so many great idea's and best of all it's not expensive, but looks stunning! We all want to get the best deals when preparing our wedding day - but how can we do this on a budget? Tight budgets in themselves are very 1950s, so you're definitely sticking to the theme! What really matters on your wedding day is that you have fun and that all the people you care most about are around you - two conditions that don't necessarily come with a hefty price tag. So, how can you go about saving a bit of cash on that gorgeous fifties wedding? The thing about a vintage retro 50's wedding, it fits almost any environment from a small barn to a large venue. The dressing of the venue is where you can save tons of money! If you've got a good bunch of mates with a variety of crafty and arty skills then you can definitely get them to help out with the preparations and some of the things that happen on the day. The fifties was all about people chipping in together and it's more fun this way! Don't forget the classic bunting for your fifties theme - easily made yourselves with a little help from your crafty friends! And how about the sweet trees - must have one of those! Crafty mates are usually really happy to help out on the day, but don't put them under too much pressure in case they are nervous about their input! If you've got a friend who owns a classic fifties car then you're really in luck because this sorts out your transport straight away! Or perhaps a VW Campervan - plenty online for hire. Make your own '50s playlist. Spend less on your outfits For a fifties wedding the most important thing is that you stick with the fun theme. You could really cut costs by choosing a themed fifties dress instead of spending thousands on a traditional wedding dress. This goes for the bridesmaid's dresses too and the guys need only make themselves look smart with a fifties twist. Choose a single venue or take things outdoors You might be able to save money by holding the wedding ceremony and the meal and the party all in the same venue. However, you might save even more cash if you take things outdoors after the ceremony and hire a marquee. A marquee in a field is a great idea because it gives your wedding a traditional fifties fete atmosphere and it opens up a few options in terms of supplying your own food and drink - perhaps even vintage craft beers for the occasion! Some venues can offer for a reasonable rate, such as old Victorian Baths or bandstands - see what your area has to offer. Instead of shelling out on extravagant wedding favours for all your guests, you have the ideal opportunity to add to the sense of place and reinforce the fifties theme of the day by using retro sweets instead. People don't expect much from wedding favours so it's best to keep things simple. Sweets like pear drops and rhubarb and custards go way back and people will definitely associate them with your vintage theme. Or make your guests some wonderful jams and supply little jars of them as a fabulous home-made favour. Some unusual favours such as - flip-flops and sunglasses! All wedding stationery has to reinforce your theme but you can definitely achieve this by shopping around and finding the best deal on invitations, save the date cards and thank you cards online. The internet is now bursting with retro sites to help with idea's and for you to achieve a stunning retro wedding at half the cost!!! A retro wedding video looks, well stunning! The movie is edited to reflect and harmonise with the period. It's a 50's movie! You can get the real feel of a retro vintage 50's at a number of musical festivals, check these out: The Atomic and The Hotrod Hayride 1950's musical festivals have plenty on offer, from styling to music and mouth watering 50's men & woman's fashion stalls - you'll love it! www.hotrodhayride.com email: jerrychatabox@aol.com I came across this site: http://www.honeypieboutique.co.uk…

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What's a Bride doing in my tent?

Tuesday 19th May 2015

I woke up to find myself in a tent; the sun was obviuosly out and somewhere in the distance I could hear a live band playing 1950's rock music. I looked at my watch, the time was 10am Saturday, May 2nd. It took me a few moments to realise where I was and then it hit me, the warm glow of pure pleasure and happiness that spread throughout my entire body, I was at the ATOMIC vintage 1950's Rock festival! Now, before I go any further this is not, and I really mean this is not the sort of event I had expected to find any...well resemblance or connection to weddings! I am a videographer, a wedding videographer I spend most of my working life behind a camera videoing brides, and so what was a bride doing in my tent surrounded by her bridesmaids in the middle of a rock festival? ...I knew I should have brought a camera! I'll come back to the bride... The ATOMIC vintage festival, what an incredible weekend at Art Deco Sywell Aerodrome. Thousands of like-minded people, a top draw international line-up of bands & DJs playing in spectacular indoor venues, drag racing, air displays, jiving, bopping & strolling in an historic hangar and an enormous big-top with 6000 sq ft dance floor. A 1950's car show and a drive-in movie, a poodles parade, roller-skating... and the best festival atmosphere ever! So this is two amazing days of non-stop jam-packed 1950s rock'n'roll, rockabilly music, Oh! yes and you can even by authentic 1950's vintage clothing too! ...so what was a bride doing in my tent? Would you believe it, she was on her HEN weekend at the festival and she had previously booked me to film her wedding, which takes place in a few weeks time! She had seen me arrive the day before with friends to make camp, and later that evening at the Rock party. As my friends and I were ...sipping tea (as you do at a rock festival) and having a few relaxing moments at the bar, the party was in full swing, the Rock bands were just incredible. The bride also saw me at the party but decided it best to wait until the morning before saying Hi. So there was in my tent, still half a sleep, suddenly surrounded by femailes being persuaded out of my tent, remember this is at 10am, the hen party had decided that I drink "the hair of the dog", six girls - six pints Oh! ****! I must give special mention to, and if you ever get the chance to see them live - go! A few phenomenal band's & singers: Gizzelle, Crazy Joe Tritschcler, Deke Dickerson, The Ranch Girls, Mischief, The Inteli-gents - to name but a few! Some weekend! As we are on the subject of weddings, congratulations to Crazy Joe who gets married this year!…

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The interesting new concept in weddings - the all day DJ!

Tuesday 7th April 2015

This really worked very well! As a Wedding Videographer Bristol and whilst filming a couple of recent weddings, the DJ, who would normally only be seen at the evening reception, was in attendance from the start of the day throughout the wedding ceremony to the end of the evening. So, I hear you saying "what was he/she doing? Well, Getting married other than at a church usually involves the wedding venue playing the Brides entrance & signing the register music etc. on a DVD player (come to think of it some churches do too, instead of an organ) which is fine except for the volume and clarity! Also, not all staff at wedding venue,s are very "AU FAIT" with announcements or introductions. This has to be done with confidence, clarity and in the style of the wedding that the couple have planned, especially at such critical times like the entrance of the Bride, Speeches, cutting the cake, not to mention all the other announcements & general information for guests that help to keep the day flowing smoothly - and of course playing the couples music where & when appropriate! Obviously the couple have had a meeting with the DJ, just as they would with the videographer & photographer. So the DJ knows whats happening and when. Traditionally this would have been the role of the "Toastmasters", except now the DJ not only does this job but also provides the equipment and plays the music in a less formal manner, (I am not decrying the roll of the toastmaster, simply pointing out a new development in weddings!). I understand the DJ's in question have attended and passed a special course on public speaking and announcing etc. I have to say that the two I witnessed were terrific! Not only were they good DJ's in the evening, but throughout the day very friendly and helpful to everyone at the wedding. Also, (and I'm not going to give anything away here), very innovative!!! We all want the wedding to go as well as the couple would like it go. Behind the scenes all of us do what we can to achieve "the perfect day", and the two DJ's certainly helped this to happen. I know that the couples were delighted! DJ Links: Celebration Road ShowDiscos for hire…

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Wednesday 18th March 2015

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