- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I was looking up the average costs of a wedding and I realised that the total of my wedding is nowhere near that, in fact, it doesn’t even cost £300.
So, I was wondering, how much did or will your wedding cost?
When we first started planning our wedding we decided that we would not have a budget and that we would spend as much or as little as was necessary. Despite this, I am not a big spender and can spend hours searching online for the best bargain and so ended up unintentionally budgeting just about everything
-Firstly, I am extremely feminine, I do not recall the last time I wore jeans or flat shoes and I had originally planned on wearing a ball gown, but after a lot of thought I realised that I could not pull off a ball gown and would not feel comfortable at all in one. Instead I will be wearing a strapless tea length dress which cost £31.
-With the exception of my work shirts I never wear white and thought that it would be a waste to spend a fortune on shoes that I would never wear again. I ordered white heels which were £12 reduced from £60. Before I had decided that I would not be wearing a gown I had been set on wearing my cornflower blue cowboy boots underneath as I felt that it was very me -I’m still considering wearing them even with the shorter dress, though ^^
-Our rings are extremely cheap, £20 for both of them, though in my opinion you could never tell. I still don’t know the cost of my engagement ring, but we both decided that we would wear simple Titanium rings. I know this is extremely cheap and it probably seems like we don’t care much, but I didn’t want an expensive ring for myself as I work weekends maintaining aircraft at a museum so didn’t feel comfortable with one. I had no problem splurging on my fiancé’s ring, but he wanted us to have matching rings and so I let him choose the rings.
-I wanted to be married in a church and had dreamt of it from when I was a little girl, but my fiancé is not religious at all, in fact he is not baptised and didn’t feel comfortable with it, so we are getting married in a registry office about an hour from my hometown. This cost the standard £125 and it is in a lovely Victorian house in a nice, quiet town and as soon as I saw it I got the feeling and knew it was perfect.
-Despite me having wanted him to order a new one my fiancé is wearing his own suit -he’s even more stingy than I am!
-I always knew that I would not have fresh flowers at my wedding as I wanted to keep my full bouquet, so I ordered a large bouquet of white silk roses from eBay which cost only £6 but it looks beautiful for the low price.
-Growing up I had decided that I would wear my mum’s wedding dress, but that was not for happening as I am much taller than her, so instead I opted for wearing her veil.
-As we are having few guests we are not having a reception, but of course we will be having a cake and decided early on that it would be a nice touch to make and decorate our own cupcakes together.
-In addition to not having a reception we will not be having a photographer and instead will have our parents and his siblings -our only guests- take pictures of us before, during and after the ceremony.
-Of course we will not be having a band or a DJ, but no wedding is complete without music so we instead made our own playlist which will be played during the ceremony. Our song choices are definitely not traditional as ‘Blonde, Bad and Beautiful’ by Airbourne will play as I enter the room, and ‘The Aviators’ by Helen Jane Long will play during the ceremony, which we think is fitting as we met on an Aeronautical engineering course. We will have our first dance later on at the hotel to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ by George Davidson.
-The first drink that we had together was Pabst Blue Ribbon and, as silly as it may sound, we knew immediately that this would be our drink of choice. We are not big drinkers so we ordered two bottles each which cost £6 in total.
-For our first official date we went to a football match and afterwards to an Italian restaurant in a city two hours away and we thought that it would be nice to go back on our wedding night. This will be paid for by my fiancé’s family.
-As I have worked for a large luxury hotel chain for several years we will be staying in a five star hotel in the same city for only £50, which was a lovely gift from my work.
So, there you go, my £250 wedding. We will be splitting everything making it only £125 each.
I am aware that my wedding is certainly not to everyone’s taste or up to their standards due to its simplicty and that some aspects aren’t particularly suited to a wedding, but it is absolutely perfect for us.
I’m sorry for how long this post was!