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Friday, 19 July 2019

Can We Have A Beautiful Wedding for Under £1000 - Hannah

With a budget of £2000 Hannah and her husband-to-be had to fine tune all their wedding planning arrangements to ensure they had the perfect day. The honeymoon was £1000 leaving just £1000 for the wedding ceremony and reception. How did they manage it?

They agreed together this was THEIR wedding and they'd do it THEIR way, and while they took some good advice they made sure to ignore the advice and opinions (sometimes negative) of others who would have had a more elaborate, costly wedding ceremony and reception. Not wanting to start married life in debt they remained true to themselves and their goals.

They made savings as follows:

  • Wedding dress sourced via Facebook for £70. 

Hannah says "I couldn’t believe it. I tried it on and it fit like a glove. It was my dream dress too!"

  • Bride Shoes - Purple Converse (non-branded) from Amazon for £8. 
  • Flower girl dresses £0  (They paid for their own at a cost of £8 each from eBay).
  • Walking Bride Down the Isle Sisters Outfit £0 (sister paid for her own)
  • Bridal and Bridesmaid Bouquets x 5 eBay £30
  • Grooms Party Buttonholes x 7 Hobbycraft £20
  • Cufflinks Debenhams Sale £5 each
  • Grooms, Best man and Page boys suits - Debenhams (bought items as 3 separates rather than as one-piece suits) totalled £90 each. 
  • Shoes - Shoezone £11 each. 
  • Wedding Invitations - FreePrints app which offers 45 FREE prints a month and you only pay delivery. This was £2.99 and they arrived in under a week. Invitations were designed using Picturecollage app.
  • Wedding Cake - Cupcakes were made to order, 100 for £60 and a Mr and Mrs Caterpillar cake £15 (self decorated).
  • Wedding Car - Free - Family members car 
  • Photographer - FREE - Family member who gave services as a wedding gift
  • Ceremony - held on a week day - £300 
  • Reception - local Bar £0 - Guests paid for own meals and drinks .

In the wedding invitation envelope Hannah put a details card which read:

 “We love that we can share with you our very special day but there is something cheeky that we feel we need to say, would you be so kind if after we seal the deal you would be able to pay for your own reception meal” . Hannah's own words

Note: They invited 80guests and 50 declined ...possibly due to wedding being a weekday, meals paid for by guest. Being able to keep everyone happy by inviting them and not having them attend for their own reasons can be an added bonus when needing to cut costs! There is always a silver lining.

Final words from Hannah:

"We stayed true to ourselves and it paid off. Everyone who came said it was the best wedding they had ever been too and they loved it. And most importantly we loved it. We had a 4 night honeymoon in Amsterdam which came to £1000 and that was the biggest spend in our budget. So all in all it came under £2000"

Amazing value, low budget wedding and a happy day had by all!

Thank you Hannah for sharing these great low budget wedding tips with us.

Friday, 21 June 2019

NEW!! Wedding Companions - Journals and Custom Sticker Sets

Wedding Companion Rustic HeartWedding Companion Rustic Heart

Making memories when you get married starts with the proposal. From then on you have your engagement announcement, party, bridal or wedding shower and all the planning that goes into making your wedding day one to remember.

You can capture those wedding planning memories in a unique way with my Brand NEW Wedding Companion Collections. 

What are Wedding Companions?

With the popularity of personalized journals growing, I thought it would be great to have companion customizable stickers (photos and text) to match the design theme of the journal. A journal designed to match your wedding colors and theme! And hence I call these my 'Wedding Companion' collections.

Custom Red Roses Gold Wedding Bridal Shower Chic Notebook
I am in the process of creating companion wedding journals and matching customizable sticker sets for my latest wedding invitations.

You can view ALL my current Wedding Companion sets via my new store HERE.


If you have a wedding color, theme that you do not see here, drop me a line as I can create a set for you to view/order at your leisure without obligation via my Zazzle store.

You can make your request via the CONTACT tab on any of my Zazzle product pages..

Friday, 14 June 2019

Luxury REAL Gold Foil Favor, Gift Tags for Wedding and Bridal Shower

Modern Foil Bridal Wedding Shower Couple Bicycle Favor Tags
Add Luxury and elegance to your wedding favors and bridal party gifts with these wonderful REAL gold foil gift tags! They come in 6 different shapes and are available with or without twine. I have designed these myself to ensure all the details can be edited to suit your exact wedding gift needs.

Each gift tag comes in a set of 12 and has real gold foil on the front and print on the reverse. There are template text fields for you to add names, event, date and a monogram and a thank you message as desired.

I am featuring a small selection here showing the front (real gold foil) and the printed background, and you can view the full wedding gift and favor tag selection HERE.

Modern Foil Bridal Wedding Shower Couple Bicycle Favor Tags
This view shows the printed reverse (not real foil).
You can use these tags to add glamor to wine and Champagne bottles, to table arrangements and decorations, to thank you favors and bridal party gifts. You can also use them at your wedding, couples, bridal shower event. The gold foil images on each tag vary so do check out the whole range to find your perfect fit.

Gold foil designs (super shiny) include bride and groom sharing a first dance, happy couple on a bicycle, love birds, hearts, wedding cake, Champagne flutes and so much more.

New designs added often. If you have a special request, don't hesitate to drop me a line and I'll see what I can do!

GOLD Foil CUPID Bridal Wedding Shower Thank You Favor Tags
This view shows the printed reverse (not real foil).

12 x REAL FOIL Modern Thank You BRIDAL SHOWER Favor Tags
This view shows the printed reverse (not real foil).

Modern Chic Real Gold Foil Bridal Wedding Shower Favor Tags
This view shows the printed reverse (not real foil).

12 x REAL FOIL Modern Thank You BRIDAL SHOWER Favor Tags
This view shows the printed reverse (not real foil).

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Combining Your Wedding Destination and Honeymoon

Safari Passport Invitation

There are travel companies that offer tailor-made exclusive wedding destinations that include safaris and tours in Africa, Asia and South America.

Post-Wedding Plan Tips

  • Make sure about the Dates - investigate local holidays. 
  • Weather  - what is the best time of the year.  
  • Transport facilities - for you and your guests
  • Venues- luxurious and affordable accommodations 
  • Language  - just in case nobody speaks English. 

Wedding Planners

Once you’ve nailed down your wedding location, the next step is finding the right wedding venue. Many resorts and venues roll out the red carpet for couples tying the knot away from home. 

If you can manage a professional wedding planner since they'll make sure everything is under control, good advice is spending more days in your destination after the wedding than before. Save as much of your time as possible for the honeymoon.

Use a reputable post-event shipping company to ship all the wedding clothing, accessories and gifts, if you held your wedding shower nearer home.

Safari Boarding Pass 2 by TerraCosmos

Big Cats Weddings There are travel companies that tailor-make exclusive safaris and tours in Africa, Asia and South America.

Coordinate your travel plans with your wedding planner or family members and choose wedding invitations that include links to your website with all the information necessary for your wedding destination. A destination wedding means lots of pre-and post-event shipping, so plenty of advance planning is of the utmost importance to create a memorable event.

Africa is an Exotic Wedding Destination

There are numerous safari lodge wedding venues to choose from. Witwater Safari Lodge & Spa is a good example. It offers breathtaking views of the Waterberg mountains and a view of the Phalala River which offers its peace and serenity to the moment.

Safari Wildlife Destination for a Wedding Getting Married in Africa

In South Africa, couples must first register an intention to marry with the Department of Home Affairs and apply for a marriage certificate at least three months prior to your intended wedding date.

In Kenya, couples need to apply for and obtain a certificate or a license from the Registrar of Marriages in order for them to have a wedding in the 'bush'.

Guests should plan to stay in Nairobi for up to 4 days for all arrangements to be confirmed. Kenya weddings have wide-ranging appeal for their luxury and affordability.

Watercolor Floral Safari Wedding

Party Activities

Participate in activities that you can repeat decades later when you revisit your memorable wedding destination.

Make sure that your Honeymoon is at a different location by changing to a more luxury hotel that is just a short drive away so you can feel you've arrived in an entirely new destination.

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Elegant Eucalyptus Leaves Bridal and Wedding Invitations

Eucalyptus is a popular plant appearing in 'Greenery' themed bridal bouquets as well as large bloom wedding flower arrangements. As such it makes perfect sense that this popular leafy item be a required feature of botanical themed wedding invitations.

Featured here is a wide range of elegant Eucalyptus wedding invites designed by myself and other designers some of which have matching stationery.

Click on the image links to enter the Designer's page to view full size and coordinating stationery (rsvp, details, seating charts) featuring ekegant eucalyptus designs.
Elegant Eucalyptus Modern Wedding PHOTO OVERLAY Invitation
Elegant Eucalyptus with PHOTO OVERLAY Invitation
by LeahG

This modern invitation has the best of all worlds! You can add your own couples photo which sits elegantly behind (via an opaque panel) the text fields and it has an over lay border of Eucalyptus!

Wordly Eucalyptus Greenery Monogram Wedding Modern Invitation
Wordly Eucalyptus Monogram Wedding Modern Invitation
This Eucalptus themed invitation features the turquoisse, sea green shades and handwriting as part of the design. It is unique and may appeal to literary fans.