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    • By MSE Archna 3rd May 11, 9:28 PM
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    MoneySaving Weddings Article Discussion
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    • 3rd May 11, 9:28 PM
    MoneySaving Weddings Article Discussion 3rd May 11 at 9:28 PM

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  • jac2603
    wedding cakes
    hi im a wedding cake designer nobody ever asks me what i could to for a price instead they always pick what they want and ask the price if you have a buget i would be wilingl if given notice so that when im quite i could be making flowers and would be quite willing to do a cheaper price for the following year its much better to have a designed cake than a shop machine cake
    • sugargurlie
    • By sugargurlie 11th May 11, 2:49 PM
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    sugargurlie
    Tips
    Hi, I got married last May and managed to have a lovely wedding on a budget. We did everything quite last minute as we got engaged at New Year, and had a holiday booked for May, and decided to make it our honeymoon. But it worked out perfectly!

    Venue
    After trying the local usual suspects and finding most of them booked or overpriced I tried to think of where wouldn't be booked and decided to try new venues. There were a couple of hotels opening in our area and they were both desperate for business. We picked one outside the city, and got a brilliant rate for a Friday wedding by letting them talk us into it, reducing the price as they went! We got added extras for free, like the honeymoon suite and a toastmaster, and reductions on the food, buffet, and dj. They had special rates for the first year to get their name known, and the day was superb, we couldn't have hoped for better. So I'd suggest see if there are any new venues near you looking to drum up some business, and see what they'll reduce to get it.

    Invites
    We made our own, we kept them simple and they looked lovely. We also hand-delivered most of them.

    Decorations
    I liked the idea of flowers but the cost was too much. Our venue suggested using candles as centrepieces, and put them together ourselves using bits and pieces from Ikea and M&S. We gave them away to female friends and relatives at the end of the night as a keepsake. Candles were also the daytime favour (cheap and lovely, without the obligation for guests to keep them) and bought wooden roses from ebay for the ladies at night (which cost about 8 for 200!)

    This meant we could spend a bit more on other things, like my hubby bought his kilt rather than hiring (future moneysaving, as he's saving 150 for a kilt hire for every wedding we go to now), and we got a good photographer which we are really glad about as our album is a work of art.
  • 123lgoldie
    wedding abroad
    hey guys -

    new to the forum sites but recieve martin lewis's emails all the time and clocked that he had discussion and tips for weddings. I only got engaged 3weeks ago and we're deciding to get married abroad in Mexico as we went there for a holiday and fell in love with the place.

    our wedding for a 2week all inclusive in a 5 star hotel in cancun (flights etc all included) is costing 1300 each and then the wedding itself is 1000 (this includes blood tests as its abroad they want to make sure your not diseased, wedding co-ordinator, venue set up on beach or different area, champagne toast for 30 guests, cake and food for 30 guests, boquet and buttonhole and marraige and licence etc) so all in 3600 and we'll just make that our honeymoon! :-)

    Only downside is people who are wanting to go some can't as asking them to pay a grand for a holiday (to see the wedding) is expensive. But it will be a small intimate wedding like 5 family members from each side and a handful of friends between us.

    I'm trying to do everything so cheep as it'll be in summer 2013 and we're just saving right now eeeeeek! But I feel 3600 all in is actually reasonable after reading some tips and reviews and the average wedding costs 15k!!!!! but we dont want to start our marraige in debt or have the pressure of huge bills.

    I'm going to use pebbles from the beach and write people's names on them for the seating arrangements so it's FREE!

    I'm getting my creative head on to make up wedding favours, I'm thinking the nuetral coloured candles (ivory/white/beige/brown) scented from Ikea which are under 2 for 36 in a pack, get a few of them and get ribbon to tie round (take it out the silver tin) and print off in card our own personalised message and attach to the ribbon. I've also came across fantastic favours on Ebay like retro sweets like love hearts and they sell them as favours with personalised massages but thinking could cut costs down again to go into a cash and carry and buy them myself and either just but the personalised lables off ebay and stick them on or print them off myself.

    My cousins wedding, she had small bottles of perfumes as wedding favours (the ones out of the boots xmas girt set hugo boss, chloe, ghost etc) which was a really nice favour and she bought them in the new years sales after xmas so they were alot cheaper.

    I'm not sure yet if I'm going for the typical wedding dress or a nice beach dress probs a wedding one (but light) as it is my first and will be my only wedding ever. Been eyeing up ones from Ebay which are amazing.

    Thinking to have a party or not when we come home (for the people who couldn't make it abroad for the wedding) but the reception is the bit that costs the most rather than the wedding (in the UK) as it includes food, dj, venue, decorations etc.

    So I don't know what to do with that one.

    I can't wait (at the moment when the stress levels are ok )
    • jemb
    • By jemb 13th May 11, 12:10 PM
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    jemb
    We just got my OH's wedding ring and were VERY suprised at a tip we were told. So, we went in to Goldsmiths looking for a bracelet for his Sister's birthday. And I saw a bracelet (funky one with leather and silver) and so that's cool (for him, not the sister, shiny things always lead to a diversion, yes I may have been a magpie in a former life). And I saw a load of Titanium rings. Now, my OH didnt want gold, was looking for a metal one, paladium, titanium etc and we'd budgeted 500 as we'd seen one by gerschner. So, I saw a few rings by this bracelet, only 99 -150 when the others further on, still Titanium but branded as wedding rings for 250- 300. The lovely lady explained as it's branded as 'wedding ring' they think they have a captive audience so the prices are higher, the same (ish) rings in the none wedding section are cheaper as not aimed at the Wedding market. Typical of him (not me, i think i'm the more expensive one of us) he chose the one he fell in love with that was just 99! So, wedding ring for him 99! Saving of 401! Hope that helps someone!
    Married the lovely Mr P 28th April 2012. Little P born 29th Jan 2014
    • ixwood
    • By ixwood 15th May 11, 12:03 AM
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    ixwood
    ..

    Only downside is people who are wanting to go some can't as asking them to pay a grand for a holiday (to see the wedding) is expensive. But it will be a small intimate wedding like 5 family members from each side and a handful of friends between us.

    I'm trying to do everything so cheep as it'll be in summer 2013 and we're just saving right now eeeeeek! But I feel 3600 all in is actually reasonable after reading some tips and reviews and the average wedding costs 15k!!!!! but we dont want to start our marraige in debt or have the pressure of huge bills.
    Originally posted by 123lgoldie
    To be fair, getting married abroad moves a lot of the cost to the guests, so although the wedding is only costing you 3600, it's costing your guests 15k say, making it closer to 20k in total.

    • ixwood
    • By ixwood 15th May 11, 12:10 AM
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    ixwood
    We just got my OH's wedding ring and were VERY suprised at a tip we were told. So, we went in to Goldsmiths looking for a bracelet for his Sister's birthday. And I saw a bracelet (funky one with leather and silver) and so that's cool (for him, not the sister, shiny things always lead to a diversion, yes I may have been a magpie in a former life). And I saw a load of Titanium rings. Now, my OH didnt want gold, was looking for a metal one, paladium, titanium etc and we'd budgeted 500 as we'd seen one by gerschner. So, I saw a few rings by this bracelet, only 99 -150 when the others further on, still Titanium but branded as wedding rings for 250- 300. The lovely lady explained as it's branded as 'wedding ring' they think they have a captive audience so the prices are higher, the same (ish) rings in the none wedding section are cheaper as not aimed at the Wedding market. Typical of him (not me, i think i'm the more expensive one of us) he chose the one he fell in love with that was just 99! So, wedding ring for him 99! Saving of 401! Hope that helps someone!
    Originally posted by jemb
    Good plan. Not mentioning the W word before booking/buying anything can't hurt.

    PS Titanium isn't generally recommended for rings, as it's too strong and won't give before your finger does if it gets caught in anything and also can't be cut off by the fire brigade. And it can't be resized later either.

    • jemb
    • By jemb 17th May 11, 11:35 AM
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    jemb
    Good plan. Not mentioning the W word before booking/buying anything can't hurt.

    PS Titanium isn't generally recommended for rings, as it's too strong and won't give before your finger does if it gets caught in anything and also can't be cut off by the fire brigade. And it can't be resized later either.
    Originally posted by ixwood
    He's had a titanium just fashion type ring before and it was fine. It's a perfect size too so should be ok. Lets just cross our fingers he doesnt need to borrow the fire brigate or we could be up whatist creek sans paddle or his finger could!
    Married the lovely Mr P 28th April 2012. Little P born 29th Jan 2014
    • angelcakes_smw
    • By angelcakes_smw 29th May 11, 1:35 PM
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    angelcakes_smw
    I cant stress this website enough to brides to be, [B]lightinthebox.com[B] do all sorts but mainly dresses that would be of interest to most people. They are based in China but have fantastic reviews (and dont delete the odd unhappy review so they are genuine and they also resolve any issues quickly which people always comment on). I was recommended this site by a friend who only accepts the highest standard, and she was blown away with them! I'd risk using them over ebay but ultimately it's a personal choice I guess, just check them out and see what you think.
    • schofield8883
    • By schofield8883 30th May 11, 2:07 PM
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    schofield8883
    hey guys -

    new to the forum sites but recieve martin lewis's emails all the time and clocked that he had discussion and tips for weddings. I only got engaged 3weeks ago and we're deciding to get married abroad in Mexico as we went there for a holiday and fell in love with the place.

    our wedding for a 2week all inclusive in a 5 star hotel in cancun (flights etc all included) is costing 1300 each and then the wedding itself is 1000 (this includes blood tests as its abroad they want to make sure your not diseased, wedding co-ordinator, venue set up on beach or different area, champagne toast for 30 guests, cake and food for 30 guests, boquet and buttonhole and marraige and licence etc) so all in 3600 and we'll just make that our honeymoon! :-)

    Only downside is people who are wanting to go some can't as asking them to pay a grand for a holiday (to see the wedding) is expensive. But it will be a small intimate wedding like 5 family members from each side and a handful of friends between us.

    I'm trying to do everything so cheep as it'll be in summer 2013 and we're just saving right now eeeeeek! But I feel 3600 all in is actually reasonable after reading some tips and reviews and the average wedding costs 15k!!!!! but we dont want to start our marraige in debt or have the pressure of huge bills.

    I'm going to use pebbles from the beach and write people's names on them for the seating arrangements so it's FREE!

    I'm getting my creative head on to make up wedding favours, I'm thinking the nuetral coloured candles (ivory/white/beige/brown) scented from Ikea which are under 2 for 36 in a pack, get a few of them and get ribbon to tie round (take it out the silver tin) and print off in card our own personalised message and attach to the ribbon. I've also came across fantastic favours on Ebay like retro sweets like love hearts and they sell them as favours with personalised massages but thinking could cut costs down again to go into a cash and carry and buy them myself and either just but the personalised lables off ebay and stick them on or print them off myself.

    My cousins wedding, she had small bottles of perfumes as wedding favours (the ones out of the boots xmas girt set hugo boss, chloe, ghost etc) which was a really nice favour and she bought them in the new years sales after xmas so they were alot cheaper.

    I'm not sure yet if I'm going for the typical wedding dress or a nice beach dress probs a wedding one (but light) as it is my first and will be my only wedding ever. Been eyeing up ones from Ebay which are amazing.

    Thinking to have a party or not when we come home (for the people who couldn't make it abroad for the wedding) but the reception is the bit that costs the most rather than the wedding (in the UK) as it includes food, dj, venue, decorations etc.

    So I don't know what to do with that one.

    I can't wait (at the moment when the stress levels are ok )
    Originally posted by 123lgoldie
    could i ask where you got this package from? what the website was im interested in doing something like this for my wedding but im unsure what websites to trust as its a lot of money and dont want to lose it.
    3600 is a great price and if its not being cheeky would like to have the same or similar



    Also for brides in the uk have a look on facebook for hairdressers, nail, tans, flowers makeup cakes etc there are some great deals someone in my local are is charging 20 for a cut and styling for a wedding and they even come to your house with tans at 10 even flowers are cheap on there. there are tons of cake makers around my area that dont charge too much for a wedding cake and you can send them a picture and they'll give you a quote unusual place for searching but i supose without the overheads of shops etc they can make it cheaper.
  • sammy_wheeler
    ben---- please remove-- you are spamming- you are not allowed to advertise
    Is a married woman!! 23rd July 2011 Best day of my life!

    TTC first baby Jan 2013
    • casiopeia
    • By casiopeia 30th Jun 11, 9:57 AM
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    casiopeia
    wedding single use cameras
    One thing i have noticed is that everyone is now on the disposeable cameras bandwagon It is a great idea and means you dont need to worry about missing out on any fun stuff while you are chatting to gran etc

    however the market now only has 2 options buy cheap unbranded cameras and risk them being worthless or buy expensive branded ones that look lovely and will work fine but are a little too expensive, Kodak ones (best on the market) are 7.99 each.

    I remebered the days of my youth (1990's) when you'd buy a disposeable camera from boots for 3 and take it on holiday and get great phots so i checked the boots website and "whoa!! buy one get one free on all single use cameras!!!". I get good quality cameras from a reputable dealer at what is essentially half price and as I can collect from my local store i dont need to pay for shipping!!! and I get advantage points for the cameras and eztra points if i develope them instore so i get around 15 worth of points in total.

    Now all I need is some stickers to brighten them up and i have halved my camera budget!!!!
  • wild_cascara
    Wedding dress
    Hi all

    We've just started planning our wedding for 1 June 2012 but we're all a bit back to front.

    For those who do have a budget for a wedding dress but can't afford 'the dream one' it can be worth asking shops whether they have a sample in your size and if so whether the sample is for sale. Make sure you check the dress in the sunlight to check for marks!!

    I've just bought my dress from a shop that was relocating and so all dresses were half price as they were samples. The dress I've chosen is silk and I would never have been able to afford it unless it had been in the sale - it is even from the 2010/11 collection. The shop has had it professionally cleaned (looks like new), and have thrown in the veil, tiara, shoes and fitting in the half price cost of the dress - I'd have never have got all of these extras if my mum hadn't asked - top tip - ask!!!

    Also if you see your dream dress it can be worth calling around a number of bridal shops to compare prices. When I was considering what dress to buy I found the difference in price could be as much as 100!!

    I'm definitely going to be looking on here for more top tips and if I discover anything more I'll be sure to post!!

    Thanks Moneysavingexpert for starting this. A forum I can relate to If there starts being a lot of advice perhaps would it be possible to start a few seperate threads?

    Good luck all!!
  • wild_cascara
    I'm going to use pebbles from the beach and write people's names on them for the seating arrangements so it's FREE!
    Originally posted by 123lgoldie

    What a fantastic idea!! I'm getting married by a lake and I think that would be a really nice and unique touch!!

    Thanks for the tip!!
  • clubv
    Cheap wedding venue
    Anyone looking for a cheap wedding package/venue.Try Fareham football Club.M27 Links. Fab facilities, and you wont have to book a package, you can just hire it for an evening reception.
    Food prices are great too...hog roast/cld buffet just 6 pounds per head or you can have caterers in.
  • Daisies
    If you're after rings don't forget to check with relatives whether there are any heirloom rings already in the family. Even if you don't like the style you can get them altered.

    We already had rings (both of his parents died several years ago, as did my Dad) so my engagement ring had been his grandmother's, my wedding ring was his Mum's and his wedding ring was my Dad's. The only cost was having my Dad's ring altered slightly, so it was a much much cheaper way of getting the rings, plus between them our parents clocked up about 60 years of very happy marriage, so it seemed like a good omen!
  • lindamarchena
    my beautiful cheap wedding
    Hello, just wanted to do a little post on my super cheap wedding, we got married 6th aug this year and i would only change one thing, The bouquets! they where the most expensive thing i bought costing 250, my total wedding cost just over 1500, hard to say exactly as i was collecting things for months, it is easy to do and is great no starting married life with a debt of a one day event, so shop around it is quite easy and fun x
    • LEJC
    • By LEJC 3rd Oct 11, 12:43 PM
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    LEJC
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  • danni2611
    hey guys -

    new to the forum sites but recieve martin lewis's emails all the time and clocked that he had discussion and tips for weddings. I only got engaged 3weeks ago and we're deciding to get married abroad in Mexico as we went there for a holiday and fell in love with the place.

    our wedding for a 2week all inclusive in a 5 star hotel in cancun (flights etc all included) is costing 1300 each and then the wedding itself is 1000 (this includes blood tests as its abroad they want to make sure your not diseased, wedding co-ordinator, venue set up on beach or different area, champagne toast for 30 guests, cake and food for 30 guests, boquet and buttonhole and marraige and licence etc) so all in 3600 and we'll just make that our honeymoon! :-)

    Only downside is people who are wanting to go some can't as asking them to pay a grand for a holiday (to see the wedding) is expensive. But it will be a small intimate wedding like 5 family members from each side and a handful of friends between us.

    I'm trying to do everything so cheep as it'll be in summer 2013 and we're just saving right now eeeeeek! But I feel 3600 all in is actually reasonable after reading some tips and reviews and the average wedding costs 15k!!!!! but we dont want to start our marraige in debt or have the pressure of huge bills.

    I'm going to use pebbles from the beach and write people's names on them for the seating arrangements so it's FREE!

    I'm getting my creative head on to make up wedding favours, I'm thinking the nuetral coloured candles (ivory/white/beige/brown) scented from Ikea which are under 2 for 36 in a pack, get a few of them and get ribbon to tie round (take it out the silver tin) and print off in card our own personalised message and attach to the ribbon. I've also came across fantastic favours on Ebay like retro sweets like love hearts and they sell them as favours with personalised massages but thinking could cut costs down again to go into a cash and carry and buy them myself and either just but the personalised lables off ebay and stick them on or print them off myself.

    My cousins wedding, she had small bottles of perfumes as wedding favours (the ones out of the boots xmas girt set hugo boss, chloe, ghost etc) which was a really nice favour and she bought them in the new years sales after xmas so they were alot cheaper.

    I'm not sure yet if I'm going for the typical wedding dress or a nice beach dress probs a wedding one (but light) as it is my first and will be my only wedding ever. Been eyeing up ones from Ebay which are amazing.

    Thinking to have a party or not when we come home (for the people who couldn't make it abroad for the wedding) but the reception is the bit that costs the most rather than the wedding (in the UK) as it includes food, dj, venue, decorations etc.

    So I don't know what to do with that one.

    I can't wait (at the moment when the stress levels are ok )
    Originally posted by 123lgoldie
    could i ask where you got this package from? what the website was im interested in doing something like this for my wedding but im unsure what websites to trust as its a lot of money and dont want to lose it.
    3600 is a great price and if its not being cheeky would like to have the same or similar



    Also for brides in the uk have a look on facebook for hairdressers, nail, tans, flowers makeup cakes etc there are some great deals someone in my local are is charging 20 for a cut and styling for a wedding and they even come to your house with tans at 10 even flowers are cheap on there. there are tons of cake makers around my area that dont charge too much for a wedding cake and you can send them a picture and they'll give you a quote unusual place for searching but i supose without the overheads of shops etc they can make it cheaper.
    Originally posted by schofield8883

    This exactly what where doing and for the same price. 1300 each for the holiday and 1000 for the wedding. As there is 2 Adults and 2 Children it will be just under 6000.

    Ours is through Thomsons to Playacar, Mexico October 2012.

    We had trouble finding a venue for the wedding party for family and friends when we return as most venues want ridiculous amounts of money but last week we managed to find a pretty much perfect venue for our needs with everything in under 1000.
  • MSB
    Saved 33% on my Justin Alexander dress.
    I found my dream dress in a bridal shop who were selling it for 1200. I then went on the designers website and contacted every single supplier in the country (there were 9 pages but it was worth it). Managed to get a bridal shop to do it for 800 which was under my 1000 budget - bonus. I also found the Money Saving Bride website really helpful
  • Katwag
    Hi, sorry I don't know how to do a new one so who knows if this works!

    We've been planning a real budget wedding, and I have a couple of tips...

    Save The Date cards:

    The English stamp co does personalised stamps with your names and the date. It was 21.99 and we used luggage tags that were 1.99 for 20, then next pack half price from wh smiths. We posted in Christmas cards so saved on postage! They look really nice, and seem fairly "in" at the mo.

    Invites:

    Vista Print have loads of designs you can use, and when you order some they send lots of offers. We have one for 25% off and they change regularly. Excellent quality.

    Shoes:

    NEVER look for wedding shoes! So overpriced! I got mine (silver strappy flats) in the debenhams sale for 20

    Hair accessories:

    Amazon have nice ones, as do Turquoise Weddings online, 12 for head bands similar to ones selling at 79!

    Hope these help!
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