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UKbride Member Request 1 Mar 2018

Hey lovely brides to be. So our wedding was meant to be next June in cyprus...

Hey lovely brides to be. So our wedding was meant to be next June in cyprus however my future father in law has found out he is terminally ill and has upto 12 months to live. So we are cancelling cyprus and having a uk wedding within the next few months, to ensure that he is going to be here. We have lost a lot of money with cancelling our original wedding and I’m after any money saving tips you may have, or any advice if your a bride that’s arranging a list minute wedding too. Thank you

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

Don’t spend lots of money on things like invites. Vistaprint is great for things like this & ask for a text reply ... saves postage !

Amee Goulding
Amee Goulding 1 Mar 2018

Make your own table decorations, and invitations. Shop around and dont be afraid to haggle. Use local suppliers.
Check out wedding items for sale pages on facebook a lot great stuff at fab prices. X

Dannii Boniface
Dannii Boniface 1 Mar 2018

Perhaps cut down on guests if you have loads, you could DIY centrepieces/ favours/ artificial flowers can look just as good 🙂 thoughts are with you at a difficult time 💖

Heather Perry
Heather Perry 1 Mar 2018

Diy centrepieces, you can get flowers foam for next to nothing, if you have any creative people around to do your cake, favours invites :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

Look at sites which sell 2nd hand. You might be able to pick up some bargains for decorating. Ask Friends and Family if they can help with certain things. You might have an Aunt you can bake etc.

Sophie Pollard
Sophie Pollard 1 Mar 2018

Sorry to hear about your father in law. As the other ladies have said- 2nd hand shops are great, I’ve found gorgeous silk flowers from various charity shops and online. 😊 also Facebook selling pages for decorations and bits like that. We made our invitations which cost a lot less than paying some else xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

Get wedding insurance

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

i planned my wedding in just over 2 months due to my godfather being terminally ill. the big time and money saver for me was getting married later and then just having the one reception with a buffet for everyone instead of the day/night time thing. also meant that my godfather was able to stay for the whole time without getting uncomfortable/tired. I also got 5 tiered cake from m and s for less than £100 and my florist added flowers to it for us to decorate it. please feel free to pm me if you need any help as loads of resourses and advise xx

Sarah Sharpe
Sarah Sharpe 1 Mar 2018

We made all our own invites, decorations, favours. Shop around, when you find what you want, search until you find a price you like. It takes time but saves a fortune! We had our ceremony later in the day, only one lot of food needed. Found a venue which isn't normally open in the evening, lower minimum spend. Don't waste money on things you think you should have, spend on what you want to have. Ask friends and family to hrlp. It's amazing what can be done. Good luck xxx

Michelle Rew
Michelle Rew 1 Mar 2018

Oh wow you're going to have an emotional day bless you!! How lovely bringing it forward. I would literally go simple. On everything. I wouldn't waste a penny on invites - get on the phone, it's great to chat with people and we all do less of it - set aside a day or spread the calls over a week? Have you anything already set you need to incorporate? Go with the really important people and make it a memory you can all enjoy with your father in law to be. Easy foods (picnic, afternoon tea, buffet?), background music, enjoy each others company. I'd do anything to have my dad at mine (he died 8 yrs ago, totally accept that but the big day looming is a tough deal), you've brought me to tears. I genuinely hope you all enjoy a beautiful day and definitely get a photographer, one thing worth spending out on in your situation in my opinion. The dress, rings, food, and entertainment are just things. Wedding flowers aren't cheap - chat to your local florist for what's in season and grab a few bunches. If you're having bridesmaids etc I'm sure if you just ask them to wear something pretty it'll look beautiful. Any friends that can help with the little touches, or cake, have some shoes you could borrow, have a great singing voice? Best of luck xx

Suzanne Devlin
Suzanne Devlin 1 Mar 2018

Have close family there keep bridal party small if you having one cake m&s you can get flowers from there too invitations zazzle.uk they are reasonable venues do wedding. Packages and if you stay in a hotel the night b4 you can cut out cars hair and make up don’t tell salon it’s wedding and it could be cheaper or if your friends are good doing make up get one of them photographer go on bark.com someone might give a reasonable price and have family and friends take photos too video hire a camera and do it or stand hope some of this might help x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

I've got a lot of decorations from aliexpress, the quality has been great and so cheap! I'm also going to use it for my flower girl dresses.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

My friend did hers in 3 weeks for similar reasons. E-mail invites (they did texts and that was a tad pricey) to people and then speak to a venue about a last minute deal. I'm sure they'll be able to help. So long as you have rings, each other, the family members who you want there then you're sorted. I would advise a decent photographer and a videographer. You truly only have one shot at getting these photos and memories and you and your partner may well want a video to look back on. I know everyone has camera phones but the reason wedding photographers charge what they do is because they're specialists and you're paying for the editing work. Good luck xx

Kayleigh E Alman
Kayleigh E Alman 1 Mar 2018

Think whether your guests will need canapés on arrival etc and if you would rather have a 2 course wedding breakfast instead of a 3 course, we saved over £600 with no having canapés because we didn’t think people would want them and we’re saying over £700 just by having 2 courses instead of 3, second hand stuff is fab to. Artificial flowers last longer than real ones and are so much cheaper than real ones, hire suits instead of buying them? Buy bridesmaids dresses of eBay (so so so much cheaper) and really good to! Do you really need favours? I’ve found most guests leave them at the venue anyway and don’t bother taking them! Just little things you can save so much on and you don’t even realise.. I’ve noticed a lot of venues don’t include centre pieces, table covers, chair covers etc but the venue me and my partner has chosen literally includes everything so I don’t need to worry about anything like that, including DJ etc and dance floor! Look into everything and make sure what’s actually included and see where you can save money xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

B&m currently have silk flower bouquets, button holes and reefs for weddings along with many other bits if that’s of any use xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

eBay has very cheap stuff, wedding favours and sweets to go inside, bouquets cheap too

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

I got loads of stuff off wish.com and off Amazon and eBay all for really low cost. Supermarkets often do plain white iced cakes in both sponge and fruit cake really cheap and you can decorate yourself. I made my own invitations and centrepieces too. If you want any help message me xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

Use companies based from home rather than shops e.g. Cake makers, venue dressers (if you're Manchester way pm me I have a great venue dresser recommendation), photographers etc as this keeps cost down as they don't need to pay costs of a shop. Utilise skills of family and friends. My Aunty made our bridesmaid dresses (cost £120 for 4!) and invites/stationary plus church flowers - saved us an absolute fortune. Ask a venue what alternative they have to an evening buffet - ours only had that advertised in their brochure at £16/head. Asked and they did sausage and bacon butties and chips for £7/head

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

If the guest list is going to be 100 or less have a look at pubs and restaurant venue rooms, mine only cost £100, some you can get for free if you meet a certain bar spend (which is easily done at a wedding) simple buffet for food, some places are as cheap as £3.50 a head. Keep decorations simple, there’s some really beautiful DIY ideas that would be really cheap to make and can recruit bridal party to help. Look in charity shops and online sales for dresses, accessories and flowers. I’ve seen weddings with similar situations and as decorations they just had family photos set around the room, really easy to do and wouldn’t cost a thing. Google freebie sites too, you’d be amazed at what some people will give away for free. Good luck xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

Wish app shopping I have got beautiful silk bouquets for my girls n button wholes ring pillow loads of decorations invites all for under 30 quid it all stunning to xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

You can get pretty invites, some decorations etc from places like Paperchase and they tend to be about £5 for a pack of 10! (A good deal when compared to a quote of £150 for 20 I’ve had!!)
Go small on the invites and look at really basic venues you can decorate yourself on the cheap! Summon friends and get crafting - check places like eBay for the odd random bits like table cloths.
Fake flowers are so much cheaper and can be just as nice!
And check out local registry offices for a cheaper ceremony venue option

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

Totally agree with the silk flower ideas etc but if you are really keen to have real flowers then look to the supermarkets for cheap bunches and make your own arrangements rather than going to a florist. A friend for her wedding did this and only spent £50 for the whole wedding, she made her own bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets and just put a few flower stems (use jam jars!) on each table. A splash of colour, cheap, simple and effective.

Rachel Jackson
Rachel Jackson 1 Mar 2018

Maybe set up a just giving page, I'm sure there is plenty of people that under the circumstances would help or even ask for money instead of wedding gifts and ask on invitations if people could give it early to help pay for things. If you've got 100 guests and every even just gives £10 that's £1000 which could esily pay for the venue

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

Sunday weddings are cheaper and get everything you would have and have it all in one venue saves transport colleges do fab flower centre prices half the price along with hair makeup photography hire suits babe xxsorry about your father in law all best xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

Sorry to hear about your circumstances. You can get fabulous things on Ebay. Got my invites etc off there also hired table decorations which reduced the cost

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 1 Mar 2018

If you want a band for your evening entertainment, get in touch with Stuck in the Groove - we still have some availability over the next few months, and I'd love to help you out :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Mar 2018

We brought ours forward by 8 months for similar reasons.
Made my own invites and all stationary. We had our reception at a golf club that did a fab carvery, my dress was 1/2 price in a sale, fabulous flower lady who also decorated our venue ( kept flowers to the minimum of my bouquet, MOH posy, flower girl wands, button holes for immediate family). EBay for the flower girls dresses, online for MOH. EBay got other bits and pieces too. It can be done and be a fabulous day.
Good luck

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Mar 2018

We brought ours forward by 8 months for similar reasons.
Made my own invites and all stationary. We had our reception at a golf club that did a fab carvery, my dress was 1/2 price in a sale, fabulous flower lady who also decorated our venue ( kept flowers to the minimum of my bouquet, MOH posy, flower girl wands, button holes for immediate family). EBay for the flower girls dresses, online for MOH. EBay got other bits and pieces too. It can be done and be a fabulous day.
Good luck

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Mar 2018

Ok so firstly x my best friends daughter went through vertually the same thing.
I'm so sorry as it puts more pressure on you both and is also heart breaking xxx xxx
Now for the wedding.
It depends how crafty you are.
If you can you can make your own invites.
The Works is fabulous for deals incl blank invites.
Or the Card factory and Clintons etc have lovely pre made ones you just fill in. You could always add to these with stick on gems or glitter etc to make them your own?
Or some designers offer a DIY option where they print them but you cut and tie/stick them together
dragonfly print - special celebration stationery by kelly jones
These are one we are looking at.
Decor. Decide what style you would like.
Eg we are marvel fans so having an Autumn theme with characters hidden everywhere.
It's still your wedding. So still make it about the two of you in little special ways that don't cost much - when you look back it will be important.
Vertually all the stuff I have bought has been second hand off wedding Facebook sites, Charity shops and shops like Home bargin, BnM stores.
Look for sales. Visit charity shops as often as you can as it's then you get the deals also Tell them why your there. Most charity shops will help you, either by giving you a better deal or saving items for you x
Get your wedding party involved and on the look out.
We bought loads of silk flowers from Home bargins to decorate with. Silk leaves from ebay from China and grape vines too.. these are going to be put together as it decorations and candles that's it. Candles are a fab and cheap way to decorate - Battery all the way if you haven't checked with your venue about naked flamed candles.
Where are you based?
What sort of things do you have or need at the moment as I'm guessing somethings may already be sorted..? Message me if you'd like any help or advice x I've planned three of my friends weddings and my own.
(One friend I did decor and location finding the week before as their venue let them down!) X
Most of all if I don't hear from you
Write it down.
Make lists of wants and got and sorteds
Still make it your day - it sounds selfish but it's what he'd want too and it will make the photos and memories sweeter x
Good luck and stay safe in the weather too xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Mar 2018

I am a wedding & event planner. I would happily help you to get your dream Day, within budget!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Mar 2018

Please get in touch #lovetosparkleuk I would love to help xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Mar 2018

Been married twice for pennies. You can buy flowers from supermarket & get coloured florists tape from online for a few pounds - you’ll save loads on flower costs. Favours can be something simple like organza bags with a tea light or chocolates - doesn’t need to be anything extravagant & again you can buy the bags on line quite cheaply. Instead of canapés you could have any children attending go round with trays of chocolates - again roses/milk tray/thornton’s in bulk. You can check for clearance wedding stock if you haven’t got outfits yet - I got a £2000 dress for £100 & accessories can be costume jewellery which is just as nice. Make your own invites or email them & don’t bother with order or service etc. Ask everyone to make or bring a cake or desert. My sister in law did this & it was a brilliant idea as there was so much variety for desert & loads of quantity & was a lovely personal getting everyone involved touch. you can buy your own balloons & weights in bulk too & buy confetti for the tables in any colour or theme for table decs too. Remember it’s your day with your family & nobody is going to remember the finishing touches or care so don’t worry too much about it & just look forward to what it’s all about - a celebration with friends & family & love xx Wishing you all the best for your day xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Mar 2018

Hi.
I'm Rubie Adams on FACEBOOK... if you want to message me I might be able to help.. x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 3 Mar 2018

So sorry to hear that x have it ASAP so he can enjoy it too x thought we had 4 months with my dad, lost him after 8 wks xx hope all goes well xx

Julia Sweetman
Julia Sweetman 4 Mar 2018

To save money you could have the wedding done in the week as venues are much cheaper than weekends X

Mary Green
Mary Green 2 Apr 2018

Sorry to hear, some venues have cheaper packages as you are planning a last minute wedding! So will give lots of discount, check it out and ask for discount!!

Michaela Sharp
Michaela Sharp 2 Apr 2018

Sorry to hear about your Father in law. Do as much as you can yourself. Remember it doesn't need to be extravagant to be special. Also ask your Father in law if he would like to help in making things I'm sure even if he doesn't he would appreciate the gesture. Hope things go well don't forget lots of photo's.

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