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    • VickyB53
      CommentAuthorVickyB53
      Posted: Sep 20th 2015
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    Hi All,



    This is my first time posting, hoping to get some advice from fellow brides to be.



    My other half and I have been engaged since Christmas just gone, together 6 years. We never really had plans to get married, it was just kind of a 'one day when we are old and have more money' kind of thing, but we went to our friend's wedding reception the other day, and we are both now desperate to get married ourselves.



    We do have a couple of problems though..

    - We would only have a budget of £5000 (not to necessarily include honeymoon)

    - And more problematic, we would need a venue suitable for anywhere between 75 and 100 guests for the breakfast and everything- his family is HUGE!



    After doing some basic research.. I am becoming more pessimistic that this is never going to happen - everything is SO expensive! I am constantly on **Gr0up0n checking deals, but they are only for 50 people and are very expensive to add an additional person.

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    I know its a big ask but in an ideal world I would love to have my wedding in a hotel or something, all in the same place so you don't have to do the logistics of moving 75+ people. A hotel would also be handy as lots of people would be from out of area and unable to go home.



    We are in West Sussex, but would be happy to have our wedding in neighbouring counties. If anybody has any advice I would REALLY appreciate it!



    Thanks for reading! :D x
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Sep 20th 2015
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    Firstly, to

    You've come to the right place. All our members are full of great ideas for weddings of all budgets.

    To get you started please have a read of the forum rules, check out the brides checklist and add your date to the wedding calendar, all at the top of the forum - if you have not already.

    The thread on DIY is also great for brides on a budget.  

    Enjoy the site!

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Sep 20th 2015
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    One of the best ways to save on the venue, catering and all other big suppliers like photographer and florists is to do a wedding between October and April and also have it midweek, they're off peak and so prices can be far cheaper and you have more chance of haggling prices down with suppliers as they're less in demand.

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    • KirstyR386
      CommentAuthorKirstyR386
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Sep 20th 2015
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    As IDL says, definitely look out of season and midweek for cheaper prices on venues. Having our weddng on a Friday has saved us about a grand on venue alone than having it on a Saturday.
    I kniw the B3st W3stern hotel near us do a wedding package for £1k so there might be something similar in your local area. Three course sit down meals can be pricey too so maybe look at buffet options instead.
    My dress is from a shop that sells ex sample and preloved dresses so was half the price of the same dress new, so look out for sample sales too.
    And pull in favours from anyone who might be able to help. Do you know someone who is good at baking that could make a cake? Or maybe someone djs in their spare time?

    My best advice for budgeting though is write down with your partner the things that are most important to you both and spend more in those areas and less on things you don't care about. E.g. if you aren't really fussed about the flowers, spend less on them and more on the dj/band because you really love music. X
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Sep 20th 2015
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    Some good tips there.

    Also it's worth having a later ceremony then only needing to feed people once rather than doing a formal 3 course sit down followed by an evening buffet.

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: Sep 20th 2015
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    Keep your bridal party down to a minimum too, maybe just one or 2 bridesmaids then a best man and 1 Usher. The more you have in the bridal party the more you have to spend on dressing them and all the other bits that go with it, like hair, makeup and gifts.

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    • StephanieM158
      CommentAuthorStephanieM158
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Sep 21st 2015
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    Hey hey hey!!
    We're getting married next year a guest list of 100+ peeps and it's come under £4000. So it can be done!!
    I have 1 bridesmaid, 1 flower girl,
    1 Photographer
    BBQ evening buffet
    We're getting married at 3:30pm thus skipping a wedding breakfast
    and all decor is totally d.i.y
    Watch for hidden costs when finding a venue. Chair covers and bows etc are a bug cost and they arent needed!!
    just be smart and dont be afraid of upsetting people when it comes to bridesmaids etc. xx

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    • princesspixie
      CommentAuthorprincesspixie
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Sep 21st 2015
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    write down two lists one of the things you need and one of what you want once you've covered the things you need just start looking at the things you want to see if they really are necessary such as centrepieces or chair covers certain decorations aren't needed they just seem like the "done thing" these days xx

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    • Mrs Jones
      CommentAuthorMrs Jones
      Got married 4 years ago
      Posted: Sep 23rd 2015
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    Hi - I'm over the county in East Sussex.

    The venue where I am having my reception is offering % off winter weddings, so you could save money by looking at a non-summery month. Also, rather than a Friday or Saturday, go for a Thursday or other day in the week. Think hog roasts are usually better value for money and start looking at dresses now - most shops will be starting to get their 2016 ranges in, so you may find a bargain :-)

    Good luck.

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    • lala "mod" bunni
      CommentAuthorlala "mod" bunni
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Sep 26th 2015
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    DIY DIY DIY ..... I made loads ..

    My invites
    Place cards
    Confetti cones
    Confetti
    Bouquets
    Button holes

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    • MarieC65
      CommentAuthorMarieC65
      Posted: Mar 3rd 2016
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    • Wundatigga
      CommentAuthorWundatigga
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Mar 3rd 2016
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    Loads of great advice above...

    I would also take a good look at your guest list - just because someone if family does not mean the MUST be invited. My family is huge (I have over 30 cousins and a lot of us now have several children!) but most of them I rarely see anymore so they will not be invited. I know it seems mean but if you need to keep costs down less people to feed and less invited to have made/make etc) will definitely help. So write down a list of everyone you really want there, then everyone else can go on the possible list.

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