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UKbride Member Request 18 Jul 2018

Hi everyone stupid question but any ideas how can save money quick to get...

Hi everyone stupid question but any ideas how can save money quick to get married me and my partner have been together nearly 8 years and have been talking about marriage for last couple of years but never got chance with having hectic past two year. In the last 18 months I have lost My brother, mum, nannan and grandad and feel like my perfect wedding slowly disappearing as the people I want there most slowly been taken from me and feel there is no time to loose so want to save quickly so can have my perfect day with the people I want there sorry if sound like an idiot but just how I feel x

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Bethan Roberts
Bethan Roberts 18 Jul 2018

Either book a last minute package or have a registry office with a golf club reception x

Natasha Luck
Natasha Luck 18 Jul 2018

A lot of places do winter deals! Also, sounds silly but we cut out the takeaways and meals out, saved quite a bit that way x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jul 2018

Just cut out the things not needed... I did mine in three months. Set the date jumped in. And I loved my day.... x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jul 2018

Honestly, at this stage I'd have another think about what your perfect day involves. If, as it sounds like, the main thing is that the people who are important to you get to share your special day, I'd look at ways to compromise on the floofery and organise a day that's within your finances right now. It can be done on a budget, and within a relatively short timescale, if you can be flexible and prioritise. We decided to do this after my aunt died in March; my fiance's mum had died last year and my own mum was diagnosed with cancer at Christmas (now happily got the all clear). We brought the whole thing forward and organised it in less than 6 months, because we felt that we'd rather compromise on the day and have our loved ones present, than have the most amazing wedding in the world, and have them miss it. You absolutely can have a beautiful day without spending a small fortune :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jul 2018

As far as saving goes, check out Martin Lewis on moneysavingexpert.com. Loads of ideas about making the most of your money :)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jul 2018

First thing I thought of, is perhaps do a pot luck? I don’t know if it’s ever been done, or if it’s a laughable idea...

I’m sure given the loss you’ve had, those you will invite would be happy to contribute, to help towards your special day. I wouldn’t mind attending a wedding and taking a dish or two with me xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jul 2018

I planned our wedding in 12 weeks! We got a late availability deal at Clearwell Castle, it is all inclusive to the highest standards. They bits we did have to pay for we got in closing down sales etc. Here is the venue https://www.clearwell-castle.co.uk and here's a write up our band had done! https://www.warble-entertainment.com/blog/cathy-and-michaels-gloucestershire-castle-wedding-with-bring-the-noise/

Katie Pearson
Katie Pearson 18 Jul 2018

Registry office. Can cost 40 quid for just the 2 of you or 100 (depending on registry office) if you want people to attend.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jul 2018

Whatever you both decide I wish you a long happy marriage and a fabulous day.. be kind to yourself, never get over these horrendous losses..in your heart and thoughts forever I'm sure

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jul 2018

As someones suggested if you just really want to get married with your nearest and dearest do what my friend did and have a statutory ceremony at the registry office, you are allowed two witnesses and then just say we are going to the pub to celebrate our marriage please feel free to join us. You can always find places that do free room hire and normally will let you do your own food but if no food oh well x

Bethan Heron
Bethan Heron 18 Jul 2018

Just an idea for at the reception we are going to have a table of photos of everyone we wish could be with us. It could be seen as morbid but we are celebrating our families unions and remembering all our loved ones and embracing life x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 18 Jul 2018

We are getting married at 3pm so we only have to feed people once as food is costly xx

Kim Domican
Kim Domican 18 Jul 2018

You get deals offered on Groupon. Or phone around in your area for short notice weddings at much cheaper prices where they have gaps to fill. Quick register office do with two witnesses off the street then spend the money on a honeymoon instead ?

Sharon  Fowles
Sharon Fowles 18 Jul 2018

Were having a small registry office wedding, & pub function room reception.. Mil2b is paying for hog roast... We saved by not having take aways and not having beer every weekend... Made decorations & our flowers myself, and got an amature photographer, biggest expence was the cars, decided to travel in style.. Also got my gown off ebay for £47 encluding p p... i have lost so many of my loved 1s & completely understand you sence of urgency.. Sadly my h2bs uncle and my dads cousin have been diagnosed with cancer &🤞they are both well enough but will have to wait & see... We only 22days b4 our big day, nearly done just tieing up loose ends... Best wishes...

Julianne Heffernan
Julie Heffernan 18 Jul 2018

I've saved a bit of money by doing online surveys in my spare time and earning vouchers which have payed for a few bits. X

Sarah Pollard
Sarah Pollard 19 Jul 2018

Just buy your dress in a sale at debenhams & get officially married so your close family are there .... Have another one in a years time as a wedding blessing after saving up .... But important thing is do something now ... It will mean a lot & ask a friend whose photos you have always admired to take them as your wedding present .... Ask someone else good at cooking to make you a cake as a gift .... Big hug (((( ❤️ ))))
Love sarah xx

Laura Hallas
Laura Hallas 19 Jul 2018

Is there something you do either daily or weekly? For example buy a coffee on the way to work, buy lunch at work, or get a takeaway at weekend?? If there is then just while you save for the wedding do you best to stop and put the money you would have spent on it in a jar so you can’t fritter it away on anything else!! You’ll be amazed how quickly the money adds up!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Jul 2018

I got a proper wedding dress worth £1000 off ebay, worth looking for second hand dresses seeing as they've only been worn once. We booked the day for a Wednesday, luckiest day to get wed and cheaper than weekends. I made my own bouquets for me and bridesmaids, cost £50 for everything instead of over £80 for just one bouquet from the florist. Found a photographer for £275 which is half the usual price, chose a registry office wedding but it's in a town hall so still a grand venue just much cheaper. The whole thing including outfits flowers car etc was just under £2k

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 19 Jul 2018

Artificial flowers and diy anything u can.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 21 Jul 2018

The floofery is what you make it.... more important you want to be married... have a small registry office ceremony with your nearest and dearest.... and party hard after..... Don't be ashamed to ask for contributions for food.... people who love you will understand.

Gwyneth Bland
Gwyneth Bland 24 Jul 2018

Have bought dress on ebay £34.89(incl p p ) ,small bridesmaid (dress ebay £7 80 Incl p p (buying 2 adult dresses on ebay for around £25 - £46 for 2),rings online for £47 .48.(HTB paid for). We are printing own invitations. Will be searching web sites for low priced favours & boxes/bags . May also go to Hobby Craft to look at prices of wedding décor ( or DIY décor) theme is cats . Asking friend to make a cake(sponge),cousin/sons girlfriend to take photos, church members/daughters cars, asking church to provide Afternoon Tea after ceremony in my church (a hall ).

Dina Gregory
Dina Gregory 28 Jul 2018

poundland, make stuff yourself, amazon, charity shops, could do food and cake yourself or ask family/friends to do it as a wedding gift and or at a discount price. do make up yourself go to free wedding fayres can usually get goody bags and ideas from there. me and my partner are buying our accessories/shoes (well cowboy/girl boots) as birthday/christmas presents. we are asking bridesmaids flower girls maid of honer etc to buy their own shoes (the kids parents will buy their childs footwear and some of them will just use their new school shoes) also we doing our own make up and hairs will be done by a friend or family at discount price another option is to ask local college to have a student who almost passed course to do your hair in exchange for it to go in their portfolio. have stuff you can use again as wont feel like a waste of money. getting married on a weekday is cheaper then on the weekend. check some pubs etc out as some offer free hall hire (not sure where u are but The Crown Erdington Birmingham have a free room if you want a bigger room it will cost though. x

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