Last week we featured a blog by Y Bont Parents Group from Penygroes, Gwynedd, where they discussed ideas on how to plan a wedding on a budget. The inspiration for this blog was the wedding of one of their members, who planned her own wedding on a budget. Here’s her story.
Lianne and Stephen’s wedding
Lianne and Stephen recently got married and wanted to share some of the positive and negative experiences they had when organising a wedding on a budget.
What was stressful about organising the wedding?
We organised the wedding within 6 months and we found this to be very stressful. It was the little things that were stressful i.e. looking for cake toppers, sweets, shoes and outfits for the children, tiara etc. The big decisions were actually easier to make! We organised everything ourselves which meant all the stress was on us.
We stressed about deciding the final number of guests who could attend the wedding and also we allowed guests to stay at our house but they kept on changing their minds!
Finding a venue at short notice was difficult; we also had to find someone to make cheap alterations to the dress. On the day also we had a problem with our cake, it was undercooked and we had to get a full refund.
I admit that Stephen and I argued a lot during this stressful time.
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What did you enjoy about organising your wedding and your wedding day?
I organised most of the things for the day but we enjoyed looking for all the little things that made the day unique to us. We decided to make our own wedding favours and created personalised sweet jars and keepsakes.
It was also nice to create our own invitations and the orders of service.
The whole day was fantastic; it was lovely to see the guests’ reaction to it. Stephen fought to hold back the tears as I walked down the aisle. It was special that we could share this day with our family and friends and now we can enjoy being Mr and Mrs Burton-Hughes.
What would you do differently?
I’d definitely have more time to plan and organise the wedding, about 12 to 18 months would be ideal.
I would also search for a venue that can cater for the amount of guests that we decided on and I’d shop around more for my wedding dress.
Keeping in budget was hard as the little things can add up and cost more than the bigger items and can soon spiral out of control. You also need to budget in petrol costs when travelling to see or purchase different things for the day.
When buying also you need to check out the reviews for any purchases you make and if you’re using various businesses make sure that they are legitimate as a lot of people just advertise services on Facebook.
I wouldn’t worry either about having children at the wedding as things worked out OK on the day and the party games were great. We both felt totally stress-free after saying ‘I Do’.
Congratulations Lianne and Stephen and all the best for the future. The FamilyPoint Team wishes you much happiness in your married life.
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