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    • CordeliaC
      CommentAuthorCordeliaC
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Mar 1st 2015
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    Hi Guys,

    I'm new on here! My fiance proposed on Christmas day so now the planning begins!
    Moneys quite tight as we have recently brought our first home..
    We are setting a budget of around £10,000. Should this be enough? We want a church wedding, wedding breakfast for 60 and 150 roughly in the evening. I'm in the Birmingham area, do you know any nice venues that aren't overpriced?

    Also, i was wondering what kind of price is normal for wedding flowers, i have 6 Bridesmaids and there will be roughly 11 buttonholes and one corsage.

    Any suggestions/tips or advice would be so helpful.
    Thank you!! :)
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    • MrsMaherToBe
      CommentAuthorMrsMaherToBe
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Mar 1st 2015
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    It completely depends on you. Iv known people to have weddings on £3000 budgets others on £15000. Sounds about average ours Was £6000 but because we're better financially we've upped it to £9000 but It's more than enough for what we have planned. Also you can do a lot of bits and pieces yourself to save yourself on money in certain aspects to your wedding. Good luck with the planning its so much fun xx

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    • AmandaK74
      CommentAuthorAmandaK74
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Mar 1st 2015
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    I totally agree with MrsMaher our estimate budget began at £3000 but we are now at £5000, our wedding is small and intimate but we wanted the finer things to make it personal to us. weddings can be acheivable on any budget really it depends what you want out of your day

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    • CommentAuthorMrsRobson2Be
      Posted: Mar 1st 2015
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    We planned to spend 8k but are now at 10k, not including our honeymoon.
    Regarding flowers we have my bouquet, 2 adult bouquets, 3 children bouquets, 14 button holes, 1 corsage & 3 thank you flower arrangements, this has come in at £299. This price is based on the bouquet below, certain flowers are more expensive like calla lilys.
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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Mar 1st 2015
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    Hiya and welcome to the site. Enjoy your planning.

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    • CordeliaC
      CommentAuthorCordeliaC
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Mar 1st 2015
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    Thank you everyone! I'm really trying to so hard to find things suitable to the budget. Fees for the church are quite high and then the venue takes up a considerable amount of the budget. I'm trying to think of things i can do myself but at the moment my head seems to be one big mess!
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    • MrsMaherToBe
      CommentAuthorMrsMaherToBe
      Got married 5 years ago
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    I was exactly the same!! There's so much you never know where to start. I started by writing down everything so venue, photographer, decorations ect ect. And then approx costs by each. Once I got into it I realised I could save money on invites for example by doing them myself instead of paying someone to do it. You'll start seeing how you can save on certain areas and that way spend more money on a photographer or food ect. Once you've found how you look at it best it's really fun jumping into planning everything xx

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    • CordeliaC
      CommentAuthorCordeliaC
      Got married 3 years ago
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    Aww, thats good!
    I'm glued into planning at the moment, every day back from work straight on my laptop :) I have several folder with planning! Finding it hard to choose the venue, found an amazing church which is outside out my parish but hoping they can marry us! I'm really not artistic so the thought of making my own invitations scares me a little!! xx
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    • MrsMaherToBe
      CommentAuthorMrsMaherToBe
      Got married 5 years ago
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    I know there's so much choice! We picked ours because we were on a tight budget but have actually changed venue when we realise we could afford something we wanted. And I'm rubbish with diy stuff I started doing a button bouquet and bodged it but Thers a really good website with free invite templates to use and print if you want me to post it on your wall? That's what I'm using to print them onto card xx

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    • CordeliaC
      CommentAuthorCordeliaC
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    Yeah that would be fantastic, thank you that;s a great help :) xx
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    • MrsMaherToBe
      CommentAuthorMrsMaherToBe
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    Posted on your wall, I think someone on here gave it to me. But everyone's super friendly and it's brilliant because everyone is helpful and has loads of ideas. Good luck planning :) xx

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    • Sarah D
      CommentAuthorSarah D
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    Hello and welcome

    We had set our budget to start at £10,000 I think realistically we will be closer to 15,000, I am looking at ways to do our own things too and now plan on doing our flowers, button holes, invites, seating plan, name place cards, centre pieces, favours, sweetie buffet, guest book & post box ourselves and the cost is so much lower than paying someone, im not very artistic either but luckily my MOH is and she will be helping but ill be involved and am really looking forward to having a personal touch on things.

    I think if you give these things a go or look for cheaper alternatives for invites then you will save money and not have the stress of making yourself, ive seen lots of invites on the Bay of E and they are lovely but not expensive.

    Sarah Xx

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    • EmmaH444
      CommentAuthorEmmaH444
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    Hello and welcome!

    Originally I was hoping to stick to £5000 budget but it's more likely to be around £8000.

    We are making our own invitations etc (pics of STD in my profile) and I'm hoping to do some of the decorations.

    Good luck :)

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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    We never actually had a budget to stick to, I knew roughly where I wanted it at though whichw as around £5k. We did go over but that was mainly down to venue costs. We did get some things cheap though on the bay which helped in being able to spend that little extra on things like the venue.

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    • Madge
      CommentAuthorMadge
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    Hello! and congratulations!!

    What time of year are you planning on getting married?

    Our budget is around the £26,000 marks. I started by googling average wedding costs. This gave us a good starting point for things. I think also you should spend on what is important to you.
    Our flowers are costing £1290. I am getting married in the autumn so to bring the bridesmaids flower costs down they are just having a simple bunch of pussywillow. For the church you could do something simple of the ends of the pews like a bunch of babys breath, or have flowers for the church that can then be transferred for use at the reception.
    Our groomsmen are having feathers as button holes. We got them from etsy but there are so many tutorials online showing you how to make them. Plus they are a bit different to your usual flower button hole.

    Car boot sales - We are having a candle lines aisle with mismatched vases. We have got so many from car boot sales and charity shops for super cheap!!

    Wedding fairs - Go to wedding fairs and enter the competitions, you might get lucky! I won a bridal bouquet by entering one, although unfortunately it is from a different florist so I wont need it..

    Invitations - I made my own invitations, the pre-folded cards were £2 for 10 from hobbycraft and I found a design I liked online and copied it in Publisher. There are also heaps of invite templates that allow you to just enter in your details and voila done!

    Sales!! - Shop around for a bargin! I got our battery operated fairy lights from a B&M store for about £4 each. Also join Quidco. You get money back or vouchers for things that you buy. Collect tesco clubcard points, I seen that you can swap £10 for £30 worth of goldsmiths vouchers, could be good for gifts or rings! Use boots advantage card points for beauty products. Sign up to newsletters for shops or websites, sometimes you get an email for free delivery or a % off.

    Ebay is a great place to get favour boxes and bits and bobs too.

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    Ok I'll stop now!! Hope at least one bit of my waffling helps!! xxx

    Just remember,its not how much you spend. The important thing is that you and your guests have fun!
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    • Flossie
      CommentAuthorFlossie
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    You can absolutely do it for £10k! Our budget is £12k but that's being generous - I made sure I over estimated the cost of everything so I knew that if something did go over "budget" then it would still be ok. And if it comes in under then happy days!

    To cut costs we are doing the following:
    - making our own invitations. I am printing them off at work so using their paper and ink (hehe), then just bought some card to back them onto to, some lace to go round the edges, some twine to tie them together and some keys to tie onto the twine. Worked out about £10 for eveything I think.. Ordered the bits from China so we're really cheap and wasn't worried about everything getting here quickly as still have ages yet!
    - doing our own favours. I am asking my auntie to save the glass baby food jars for me and she is soaking the labels off, then we are going to fill them with sweeties. I have bought material tops for the jars to match our colour scheme which were cheap from China, and again some twine and locks and keys
    - making my own bouquets. I am going to attempt to make them myself but not sure if it will work yet.. We will see!! Again the flowers can be bought very cheaply from the bay. If you want artificial flowers then this can be a real money saver.
    - bridesmaids dresses. I ordered all my bridesmaids dresses online - 2 of them were from a Chinese seller on the bay and they are fab!! Only cost me £35 each. So this might be an option to consider rather than buying expensive bridesmaids dresses from bridal or even high street stores.

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    • CamilaL
      CommentAuthorCamilaL
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    My budget is £8k And I'm paying for a place for some of my brazilian guests, my bridesmaids dresses will cost under £10 each (China!), my dress costs about £220 (she who cannot be named), I'm making all our stationery and it's supposed to cost 0.58 per invitation.
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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    Hello, congratulations on your engagement. I think our wedding was between £12 and £14 thousand, but we had about 100 full day guests, and spend £2,500 on the honeymoon. What you do for the reception will make a big difference, as that was far and away the biggest part of our spending. Try to look for venues that will give you some flexibility on what you serve and what you pay for. Ours was a flat rate per head, which suited us as we knew we could manage it. The bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids were artificial, and I think came to about £150. The flowers for the church, button holes and corsages came to about £250, but we had five male and one female usher, plus we got corsages for the mothers and my aunt. We also had five bridesmaids and a flower girl. You can get cheaper dresses of excellent quality by looking at sample sales and charity bridal suites, but be careful about China dresses, they can be great and can be dreadful. DIY what you can, and get family and friends to help where possible. MIL did our invitations, place names, table names and table plan, all matching, and my Dad did our orders of service. We had friends who could provide music. and shopped around for car, DJ and photography. Use QuoteMe on here as well, we got a good deal on our photographer by using that.

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    • GemmaS8204
      CommentAuthorGemmaS8204
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    Hi and Congrats Cordelia,
    I think 10k is enough for the amount of people our guest numbers are practically the same give or take. I think it also depends what you want eg. Designer dresses / suits. Also if the 10k excludes your honeymoon I think it's do-able x
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    Welcome to the site!

    That sounds like a healthy budget to me if you're creative with what you have and are prepared to be flexible.

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    • CordeliaC
      CommentAuthorCordeliaC
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    Thank you all for the comments, they're really helpful!

    I just want everything to be beautiful, what you dream of, but everything is so pricey!
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    • CordeliaC
      CommentAuthorCordeliaC
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    Madge: We are planning on marrying on the 29th July 2017 so plenty of time i guess! I also know it will be more expensive. Ive been to a number of wedding fairs theyre are some really good people at some but some are so overpriced. But its still nice to get a feel for things and ideas! :)
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    It can be done on a budget but £10k is a healthy budget.

    Have you set an actual date yet and booked the ceremony and reception?

    If not you'll get more bang for your buck if you avoid peak season and Saturdays. Maybe consider April or October and a mid week wedding as everything tends to come in cheaper apart from attire.

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    • CordeliaC
      CommentAuthorCordeliaC
      Got married 3 years ago
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    Thank you! It does exclude the Honeymoon its not something I've thought about so much yet. I don't want a designer dress or suits, we just want everything to be perfect as does everyone.

    We definitely want a Saturday wedding so that everyone can make it etc... i know it can be more expensive these months :(
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    • WelshBrideBethan2015
      CommentAuthorWelshBrideBethan2015
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Mar 2nd 2015
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    I would say just look around to see bargains and deals . We wanted a Saturday and in July so knew it would be more expensive than say a weekday wedding. So far our budget has gone from £10k excluding dress and honeymoon to about £15k again not including dress and honeymoon.
    Another thing is make sure everything you want is listed down, we use excel and this has given us the chance to compare prices and get some bargins :)

    Also use people ... Not in a bad way but if you know people that provide services or know people for wedding stuff use them to get discounts or advise on cutting costs :)

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    • Whovianbride
      CommentAuthorWhovianbride
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Mar 3rd 2015
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    More than enough in my book. There is a under £10k budget thread showing how much petiole spent on most things. Will bump it up.

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    • Velcro
      CommentAuthorVelcro
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Mar 3rd 2015
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    we spent around £16K including honeymoon, had we not had the most bloody expensive venue EVER we could have easily done it for half of that, less even, it depends on you as a couple though, if you are crafty you can save a fortune, I made all my flowers out of paper so paid less than £20 to make 5 pomanders, loads of buttonholes and my bouquet, I made my invites which worked out around £26, made most of my centre pieces, sourced the rest off ebay which all but one were under a tenner and one worked out at summat daft like £1.88 lol, dress was off preloved (was a sample dress) shoes were off ebay. Hired the suits from slaters, hire 4 get the grooms free. The photographer was expensive at £1600 as was the venue as it was at our favourite museum (science and industry in manchester) Oh the cake was £450 as well.

    We did the whole bridesmaid dress shopping thing but we ended up with Lindy Bop dresses off the net for £30 each, we broke one on the day though, I can laugh about it now lmao, bridesmaids shoes were no more than 20 as well, can't remember how much

    I also wish I had just done my own hair and make up looking back now as well, could have saved some cash there as I didn't want an up do, didn't like it on my trial as it wasn't 'me' so she just ended up doing my hair and make up pretty much how I always have it anyway haha

    Got my chair covers with sashes for £1 each as well, and they looked fab

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    • MrsThomson2B
      CommentAuthorMrsThomson2B
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Mar 4th 2015
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    we have budgeted £12k and it looks like we will be on track with that. at most if we go over it will be by around £500-£1k but i am not too worried, once I am back working again I will be able to start throwing money back into the savings account and it will be fine xx
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    • Myranny
      CommentAuthorMyranny
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Mar 5th 2015
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    £10k is a decent sized budget, you should have no trouble :) Take advantage of putting your details on here for local places to quote, including venues. Also where invitations are concerned, depending on what you want, take a look at [email protected]!nt. They have LOADS on there and also presently have an offer of 50% off, though usually they do at least 25% off *all* the time and we can get 30 day invitations (we're having more guests than this but obviously families and couples cut those numbers) 20 evening invites, 50 Thank You Cards, 50 RSVP cards, 150 matching envelopes, 50 Save the Dates, Matching envelope stickers (which are unnecessary, but why not?) and 100 place cards for £150.
    P!nt3rest searching budget tips for weddings and where you can save has helped me :) xx
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    • GemmaS8204
      CommentAuthorGemmaS8204
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Mar 5th 2015
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    No problem, we're the same as you we want everything we want but reasonably priced! Our budget is 10k without honeymoon, I found the national wedding show useful for loads of discounts it did take us 4 hours to walk around it all as well as talking to the people we wanted to but I think it was well worth it for ideas and prices. Don't forget also be cheeky and see if you can get things for cheaper, if you don't ask you don't get xx
 
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