Budget Beautiful #3 A Chilled, Summer Garden 2

Welcome to this weeks Budget Beautiful.

A place to admire and inspire beautiful weddings on a budget of less than £12,000!

Budget Beautiful

So, how does Budget Beautiful work?

I have interviewed several gorgeous ladies (and men) who’s weddings have been beautiful but have been pulled off with some incredibly low budgets. And let me tell you now, the weddings I have seen so far…STUNNING!

Each interviewee has then supplied me with a selection of their photographs to include for your viewing pleasure!

We are sharing some of the tips and tricks each bride/groom have used to keep their weddings to an affordable budget.

Each interview will be posted on the blog on a Monday morning!

But it doesn’t end there…

On a Thursday I will then provide you lovely lot with a second post that includes inspiration/mood boards and ideas to inspire those looking to achieve a similar look for a similar budget!

This week I bring you the lovely Alice from the blog Toast for Tea. A blog that shares the lovely parts of life! And Alice documents it beautifully with her photo’s.


So, welcome Alice! Thank you for letting me share your special day!

Let’s start at the beginning,

Tell us about the proposal?

We were in Beirut, Lebanon visiting my Mr’s home country for the first time since his adoption in 1996 and we decided to take an evening trip up the mountain to watch the sun set over the city. We were at a monastery, sitting on a bench when he said, “Do you want to stand up?” to which I replied, “No, I’m alright thanks”…he then said something along the lines of, “So, will you marry me?”. We’d talked about marriage a lot so I just thought it was another of these discussions, then when I realised it was for real, I asked him to do it again! He got down on one knee and asked me again, and I of course said yes.

Alice wedding

Did you have a set budget? If so, what made you choose that budget?

We set our budget based on what my Dad very kindly contributed, which was £5000. I was 20, my fiance was 23 and although I had savings I didn’t want to spend them on a wedding if possible. So, when Dad said he’d give us that amount, that decided our budget.

Alice wedding

How long between proposal and wedding day? Was this due to saving the money?

We got engaged on the 23rd of April and married on the 7th of July the following year…so about 14/15 months? This was more due to circumstances than money, as we wanted to get married as soon as we could, which was 6 weeks after I returned from my year abroad in Morocco.

Alice wedding

What was your theme/colour scheme? And what made you choose it?

Hmm..I’d say our theme was a chilled, summer garden theme (this sort of came about rather than being intentional!), with loose colours of navy, yellow and pink. Bridesmaid dresses and ties were navy, then flowers and cake decorations in pink, yellow and white. We (I say we, mostly I) chose this because…Well, I wasn’t sure what colour flowers to go for, so I chose navy dresses which meant I could go for pretty much any flower colours! Then sort of chose the flower colours after deciding I wanted something bright and cheerful. We had bunting too, but didn’t stick too closely to our colours for this.


Many magazines advise you to pick a couple of items which you do not want to compromise on, did you have any?

Not really…I was on the hunt for bargains everywhere! We did want a good photographer though, so when we found ours at a small wedding fayre, their price was very reasonable (£750 for the whole day) and they were awesome, so thankfully we didn’t need to compromise.

Alice wedding

What was the item you spent the most amount of money on?

Food, definitely. It came to about £800, just £50 more than the photographers..I imagine that to be the same for most people though, apart from maybe venue.

Alice wedding

What was the item you spent the least amount of money on?

I just checked the wedding excel spreadsheet (definitely helped me stay organized!), and the cheapest thing was straws – 90p for about 200. I don’t think they were that exciting in all fairness, but cheap as chips.


Where did you pull in favours from friends and family? Were they offered or requested?

We pulled loads! Even our venue was a favour, and we requested it but gave them a donation (it’s the holiday centre where we met). Others included; the fruit layer of the wedding cake (Nana), bunting (my Mr’s step mum), cakes (friends), music (friends), making invitations and orders of services (my girls), a wedding car (family friends), decorating the church hall for tea and cakes (my girls again!), decorating the venue the night before (family), make-up and bridesmaids hair (my girls #3)…a mixture of offering and requesting. My hubby was the main man behind requesting favours, I was a bit more timid, but I was so glad that he encouraged me to ask, ask, ask. Everyone was willing to help.


Was there any moment you had to really remind yourself you had a budget to stick to?

It was mostly when looking at the little things, like decorations and cute extras that are so so lovely, but they quickly add up. Like I saw these plant crates that you could get with your names and wedding date on them, and even though they were only about £40, that was still £40 that could pay for a few more guests.

Alice wedding

If you had one piece of advice for others trying to pull off a beautiful wedding on a budget, what would it be?

Get creative! Be that through yourself, Pinterest, or getting friends involved, you can save so much by doing it yourself. My hubby designed our invites/orders of service, we got them printed at a stationery shop, then added ribbons ourselves.

Alice wedding

For flower decorations, we collected wine bottles then bought fresh flowers from a market the day before the wedding. I wasn’t brave enough to do the bouquets myself, but it could definitely work. A beautiful wedding on a budget is totally possible, go for it!

Alice wedding



Alice wedding

So there we have the gorgeous Alice’s beautiful Chilled Summer Garden wedding! And what a simple, totally gorgeous theme!

Alice & her hubby spent around £5000 to achieve this beautiful day!

Thank you again Alice for letting me share your wedding day!

Keep an eye out for Thursdays post where I will help inspire you to pull off a similar theme for a similar cost!

Did you have a summer garden themed wedding? Come share your photo’s on my Facebook page (here) I would love to see them!


Coming next week: My gorgeous blogging buddy Natasha, and her Baby Pink & White colour scheme.


Do you want to be involved with Budget Beautiful?

The rules are simple:

  • It needs to be beautiful (what wedding isn’t?)
  • It needs to have cost less than £12,000 (without honeymoon)

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