June 21, 2017

9 Tips to Save Money on your Wedding Budget

Do you have a tight wedding budget? Most couples do when planning their wedding and everyone has different priorities. I, personally, would never compromise on quality photography, videography or wedding rings because these are the things that last forever. Other couples would not compromise on the venue, the dream dress, the decor or THOSE shoes!!!

These are a few ways I believe you can save on your wedding budget without any compromises on quality or style.

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  1. If you’re green fingered, you could grow flowers and ask your florist to use them in your bouquet and centerpieces. Your florist can buy more to top them up if you can’t grow enough.
  2. Buy your bridesmaid dresses from the high street. There are plenty of options available to choose from including Debenhams, House of Fraser, Monsoon and Coast.
  3. Ask family members to chip in. If you have anyone crafty in the family they could help with the table plan, decorations or even the cake!
  4. Ask married friends and family if they have anything you can borrow for your wedding. It’s amazing what people keep from their own weddings, I borrowed my best friends garter!
  5. Send e-invites rather than paper invitations. This not only saves on the cost of invitations but also on postage which can add up to more than £50 these days! Back of Wedding Dress, wedding budget
  6. Buy a pre-loved wedding dress. Brides can pick up a designer dress for less than half price and who’s to know it was worn before?!? Or you could buy from the sale rail, many bridal boutiques have end of line dresses at a greatly reduced price.
  7. Get married on a weekday; you can save money on your venue and suppliers, especially if it’s also in the winter months (not including Christmas and New Year which are peak times).
  8. Forget about favours. You’ve already paid for food and drink for your guests, do you also need to give them a present for attending too? Some people spend £300+ just on favours, so ditch them if you’re on a tight wedding budget.
  9. Have a fork buffet rather than a 3 course sit down meal. You could save around £10 per person compared to the average of £35 per person for a sit down menu.

If you have any questions about saving money on your wedding, you can leave a comment, contact me or tweet @BewilderedBrid3 with #BrideAid

August 27, 2016

Wedding Hair: The Long and Short of It

By Natalie Willingham – Bridal Makeup & Hair Specialist

Short hair doesn’t need to be boring on your wedding day. In the last year I’ve styled a number of gorgeous ladies who have all had short hair (above the shoulders). So to give you a little bit of inspiration here are a few tips to take your wedding hair from now to wow!

Pixie cutWedding Hair pixie

If you have a really short pixie cut style then texture can be your friend. Using straighteners or wands you can create texture to provide lift and shape to your cut. Having short hair also means that non traditional headpieces can look stunning. I have had brides with percher style hats with personal features such as a treble clef, feathers, all sorts. A shorter style means you can showcase your individuality and confidence. Bird cage veils work best with this wedding hair style. Continue reading

July 2, 2016

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

By Natalie Willingham – Bridal Makeup & Hair Specialist

Wedding day emergency kit I hear you cry, what on earth’s one of those and what do I put in it? More frequently I’m meeting brides who have a wedding day emergency kit for on the day not just for themselves but for their bridesmaids and guests too, containing all those extras, just in case they are needed. I’ve heard of all sorts of weird and wonderful items being collected, there is no hard and fast rule, just add what you think you might need.

Wedding day emergency kit

Your wedding day emergency kit items might be stored in a cosmetics bag in the toilets (if you have exclusive use of your venue) or they might be stuffed in a bag under a table in the reception room. Basically anywhere you can get your hands on it at short notice.Continue reading

VW Campervan Vintage Wedding Picnic

Today I have the pleasure in featuring Nathalie Selvon-Bruce from Buttercup Bus VW Campers and her Vintage Wedding Picnic ideas. Buttercup Bus VW Campers offer retro campervan hire for wedding transport, self-drive adventures and photo booths set up inside a campervan. Operating from Croydon on the South London, Surrey and Kent border, they have a selection of six pretty pastel campervans and a soft top beetle.

Vintage Wedding PicnicNathalie has some great ideas on how you could use a campervan apart from transport on your wedding day, including a Vintage Wedding Picnic.

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