-invitations x 120: £108/$166 from Vistaprint Too much for me, I wish I’d waited for discounts
-venue: £1120/$1725 Ceremony room in City Hall, nightclub space for reception & 2 bedrooms for 2 nights,
-food: £2294/$3530 Fish n’ chip buffet for 130, midnight bacon rolls for 120
-alcohol: £577/$888 We’re only getting arrival drinks… 120 glasses of Prosecco & 35 glasses of sparkling elderflower
-decorations £253/$390 We’ve gone minimal, candles, signs, frames and 2 uplighters and bunting, all from eBay/Amazon
-flowers £173/$266 Foam bridal flowers from eBay, 5 x bridesmaid posies, bridal bouquet and table arrangement. H2B requested real rose buttonholes for himself, the groomsmen and our parents
-your dress £280/$430 Dress made to measure from Honeypie Boutique, alterations, corset ribbon and petticoats.
-accessories: £150/$230 haircomb, bolero, jewellery, shoes, underwear & shapewear
-gifts: £193/$297 7x cufflinks, 7x bracelets & glassware for parents & a personalised plectrum for my brother who’s giving me away. All personalised and all from eBay
-how many people did you invite? Ceremony: 90 Reception: 150 (don’t expect them all to turn uo)
-anything else I forgot!
Bridesmaid dresses: (x5) £132/$203
Grooms & groomsmen outfits: £495/$761
Hair & make-up (inc. Trial): £215/$330
Photographer & videographer: £435/$670
Rings: £590/$908 for both
-any outside help: Not financial help, no. We’ve borrowed the odd thing, eg. Easel, camera, tripod and my Mother-In-Law2B bought our guestbook. Otherwise, we financed it ourselves.
-was anything DIY Not really, I used eBay to keep costs down rather than try and make anything myself.
-how long you saved for the wedding: We didn’t really. We refinanced a loan to come up with a smaller budget than we originally planned. We got the loan at Christmas and H2B added in his commission. Our wedding was rebooked for September so technically we only saved for 9 months.
-where the wedding was and its significance to the cost: We’re getting married in Cardiff, Wales, UK. We were going to get married in a countryside hotel outside the city but the costs were astronomical because we were going to have to pay to get both our families there and for them to stay. We changed it to a city centre location to remove that obligation and cut the cost down by half, very chuffed.