As you probably know, I got married back in September and we received our wedding photos this weekend so I thought I'd share a few photos and let you know a bit more about the day.
As someone who likes to spend a lot of money on high end makeup and Michael Kors, you would expect that I'd want an expensive wedding. That was not the case at all! My husband (still feels weird saying that!) and I have been together for 11 years this year, engaged for 5 of those years and what was putting us off actually setting a date and planning a wedding was the fact that we didn't want a massive ceremony.
I can be quite a shy person and don't like being the centre of attention so I wanted very little fuss. I also, not being a cheapskate, didn't want the day to cost an absolute fortune. I totally get that people spend so much on their day and it looks beautiful and amazing but that just wasn't for me. In the year that we were about to become homeowners and turn 30, I made the decision to get the wedding booked (back in April I think it was) and we decided a civic centre ceremony was what we wanted. All we needed was to get married and have our close family with us.
This isn't a hugely exciting post but I wanted to show that you don't have to spend a fortune if you don't want to. We spent a few hundred pounds on the actual ceremony so that bit really doesn't have to cost much. We chose not to have a proper wedding reception. I didn't see the point with so few guests and not wanting the speeches/first dance etc so we settled on having a few drinks in a nearby pub to celebrate.
I didn't want a super fancy wedding dress. I wanted to buy a high street wedding dress from somewhere like BHS or Monsoon as I had seen some on their websites before however I didn't realise that this stock is seasonal (ie. Spring/Summer) so when I waited until late Summer (wanted to lose as much weight as possible!), I struggled to find anything. It was quite scary for a while but then I found this dress on Boohoo, of all places, for £30! I knew I wasn't going to spend a fortune but I really didn't think I'd spend that little. I guess if you widen your search and keep an open mind, you can probably find something you like on a budget.
My shoes (noooo they are half price now here) and bag (reduced as well now here), neither of which were really on show cost more than the dress but I can actually reuse those items for other occasions anyway so I didn't mind spending more on those. I found a necklace and matching earrings in Debenhams that went with the jewels on my dress so I didn't spend much on those. I didn't feel that I needed diamond studded jewellery for that one day.
I wasn't too bothered about having a bouquet but with my auntie being a florist, my mother and her arranged making a silk rose bouquet with pearls and matching buttonholes for the groom and guests. It's quite handy having someone like that in the family as I'm glad I had those flowers in the end, they were beautiful. Being artificial flowers, it also means I can keep my bouquet.
The rings are something we are going to wear forever so I wanted to spend quite a bit on these to get something high quality and that would go with my engagement ring. Goldsmiths was where my engagement ring was from so I guess I knew I wanted our wedding rings to be from there too. They staff are really helpful and give you prosecco and everything so it's a great choice if you're deciding where to buy rings.
We paid just over £300 to have our ceremony photographed and some group/couple shots afterwards as I didn't want to rely on photos taken by our family. I wanted to have some special photos to look back on to remember our day.
We also spent rather a lot of money on our honeymoon, despite it only being a 4 day holiday but we stayed in a 5 star hotel in Nice, France that was very luxurious and worth the money. I've got lots of photos from the honeymoon so I'll share those in a post too.
Hope you didn't mind seeing/hearing a bit about my wedding even though it wasn't the prettiest pinterest-worthy day! I thought it might be helpful to show where you might be able to save money on certain parts of your wedding without sacrificing the things you really want. Obviously choosing each aspect of your day is very personal to you though so as long as you are doing what you (and your partner) want, that's all that matters :)