My daughter and her partner are extremely frugal, even though they are both on good wages. This way they can spend their income on what they want and therefore have a camper van and do activities that other people might feel are extravagant. They also hope to buy a home soon without a mortgage. This last weekend they were married, and it cost less than £1,000.
Invitations These were digital and so free.
Venue. They found a beautiful wedding venue near them. Instead of having the ceremony there they had a registry office wedding (which is £50 on a week day) and then booked a ‘birthday party’ in the restaurant which has a meal deal of 2 courses for £17.99 on a large selection of dishes. We arrived early for the meal and had all the photos taken with the hills and beautiful scenery behind us, the same as any bride who had been married there would have done. If they had mentioned that it was a wedding party the cost would have been a lot more.
Outfit Her dress was not a typical white wedding dress, but an off the peg dress that was in a style that she loved. She likes a vintage look. The shoes she had bought 10 years previously and announced that these would be her wedding shoes (before she even met the guy). The groom wore an outfit that he already had as well.
Photographer The professional photographer was a work colleague who usually takes portraits, and so did not charge very much, but he had photographed weddings before and knew where all the good spots for photos were at the venue.
The Cake. Mr S and I made the cake. Mr S is a chef and we have sold cakes in the past. We made it for free and made the flavour of cake that they wanted. We made fondant roses for the top and they got a free wedding day topper using a voucher.
The Flowers. These were bought from a market stall and my daughter made her own bouquet and we made the button holes together after watching a YouTube.
Guests Only immediate family were invited.
The wedding ceremony was streamed so that close family could still attend the wedding virtually.
Night time event. A BBQ was held in their garden. We had fairy lights and the garden was dressed to look nice with bunting etc. All the meat had been bought on yellow sticker and frozen over the last month and the vegetables were homegrown Guests all brought garden chairs. Music was from a phone to a speaker. Alcohol was what they already had in their cabinets, guests brought, and wedding gifts. We had a roaring fire to keep warm, and we had a lovely relaxed evening
Makeup We all did our own hair, nails and make up, and helped each other.
Wedding favours These were homemade fudge in little cellophane bags, and everyone was offered a flowering tomato plant to take away.
The event was not stressful at all. There was absolutely no pressure as it was just immediate family. They have some gorgeous photographs as memories and we all had a relaxed and fun time together with no stressful, awkward speeches, or expensive bar bills. The event has not drained their savings as family were able to chip in without it breaking the bank. My own wedding was similar and so she is a chip off the old block! I must say I am slightly relieved as the average cost of a wedding in the UK is £19,184 according to bridebook.com.