Welcome to this weeks Budget Beautiful.
A place to admire and inspire beautiful weddings on a budget of less than £12,000!
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 my gorgeous blogging buddy, Natasha and her beautiful baby pink & white colour scheme. Natasha writes the blog Martha Mother. I love her blog! She has a very witty way of writing, but also writes some really emotionally moving posts too, go and have a mooch!
So welcome Natasha!
Tell us about the proposal?
We had been talking about getting married, so there wasn’t really an element of surprise to it, but instead, my partner took me to a wonderful jewellery designer in London, who specialised in engagement rings, and I got to sit down and design my own and have it made to measure. It was really special and made me feel like a million pounds for the day!
Did you have a set budget? If so, what made you choose that budget?
Yes we had a budget of around £5000. This was because we already had our first daughter and were set on not getting into debt for our wedding when we had already started a family.
How long between proposal and wedding day? Was this due to saving the money?
Not long, only 3 months!! We were moving away from our home town, and I really wanted to get married in the church I grew up next to, so we decided to plan it whilst we still lived there to save doing it from hours away!
What was your theme/colour scheme? And what made you choose it?
It was white and baby pink. quite a classic combination. I did think of going for something more ‘out there’ but actually, those were the colours I loved so we went with them. plus my favourite flowers were white roses. Pink just complimented it so well.
Many magazines advise you to pick a couple of items which you do not want to compromise on, did you have any?
Not really, we compromised on most things seeing as our budget was quite small. We didn’t compromise on our venues though as they were more important to us than the little details.
What was the item you spent the most amount of money on?
Our reception venue, which was a beautiful vineyard in a small village. Our wine was made and bottled by them too with our own personalised labels which was a lovely touch.
What was the item you spent the least amount of money on?
Probably my dress and hair/makeup! My dress happened to be the last one in stock and so was on sale for £300! I had a trial makeup session but wasn’t keen so I did my own, and used a local hairdresser rather than a specific ‘wedding hair’ business as it was far cheaper. About £35.
Where did you pull in favours from friends and family? Were they offered or requested?
My father-in-law was our wedding car driver and we used his Mercedes too instead of hiring a car. My mother-in-law made all the nibble food for when we arrived at the reception and our best man played DJ at the reception! All were asked, but everyone was more than happy to help.
Was there any moment you had to really remind yourself you had a budget to stick to?
Yes, decorating the reception marquee. It was massive! We originally booked the smaller one but they offered the larger one to us for the same price as we had ordered our wine and food from them. It was so difficult knowing how to decorate it as bunting/flowers etc becomes very expensive really quickly. We went for simple, hired a bouncy castle for £40 for the children invited and bought tea lights for tables outside.
If you had one piece of advice for others trying to pull off a beautiful wedding on a budget, what would it be?
Search forums! Think outside the box! We contacted our local university and asked if any music students fancied making an easy £30 to come and play at the church as guests arrived. They were happy to help and we had a brilliant cello player come to play for everyone, a lovely touch but so cheap! Also we searched photography forums and found a professional portrait photographer looking to move into weddings, so his charges were a fraction of the normal cost with the deal being he could use our photographs for advertising. No problem to us! And wedding cakes…! shop around your local bakeries! we saw some stunning cakes at half the price of wedding companies, I adored our white chocolate cake that looked like a white rose (it wasn’t meant to but I thought it did!) Just research, research, research! There is so much help out there!
So there we have the gorgeous Natasha’s Baby Pink & White colour scheme…all I have to say is… £300 dress that beautiful?!??!!? Madness!
Thank you again Natasha for letting me share your stunning day!
Keep an eye out for Thursdays post where I will help inspire you to pull off a similar look for a similar cost!
Did you use this colour scheme? Come share your photo’s on my Facebook page (here) I would love to see them!
Coming next week: The gorgeous Kati & her striking blue & orange 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)
Get in touch: Clare@sonssandandsauvignon.com