Runaway Brides…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2015 by budgetguide4brides

Lets raise a toast…to the Best Man’s Speech

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2015 by budgetguide4brides

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imagesWhen organising a wedding, the Bride has so much on her mind to organise, she will sweat buckets over seating plans, who to invite (or not to invite), what colour scheme to go by and “will I fit into that dress?” but lets not forget that there are three men out there having sleepless nights about delivering the right speech, so lets give them a big “awwww” and help them out with the one “tiny” little job they have been left to organise.

I have been focusing initially on the “Best Man” speech.  Whoever the lucky guy is, he is under a lot of pressure nowadays after that bloody McFly guy who had all the woman in tears and all the men wanting his blood.  So the bar has been, and nowadays there is a lot more expected of the wedding toasts (no pressure!).

If you can sing, your laughing, if…

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Wedding Flowers

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2015 by budgetguide4brides


As spring is not too far around the corner, here is one of my favourite blogs from 2012….

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Your Wedding flowers are an important part of your day, often resulting in your whole wedding theme being designed around the flowers.  I myself, ended up having my whole wedding theme being based around Cala Lillies as these are my personal favourite, and come in a variety of colours. 

I was quite surprised at how cost-effective flowers were at the time of my wedding.  I find that your local florist is your best bet, as often family and friends have recommended them, often resulting in a good, fair, price.

I discovered that it was cheaper and more practical for my bridesmaids to have wrist crossages, which were much cheaper than the bouquets.  This meant they were free to take care of the page boys and help with my dress!! (purely selfish reasons!).

Speak to your florist they may offer a “package”, I was lucky enough to receive my button holes for the groomsmen free…

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That’s what friends are for!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2015 by budgetguide4brides

Originally posted on Budget Guide 4 Brides:

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As soon as he slips that ring on your finger, that’s it, the visions commence.  Before you know it you’ve imagined yourself sitting on that golden throne, surrounded by a “pack” of diamond encrusted Bridesmaids, and a guest list that would fill Wembley!  what you haven’t considered is what your hubby to be would like and how large the bank loan would need to be to achieve the so-called “wow factor” wedding.

Well just stop right there, “Keep Calm” and realistically set yourselves an achievable budget.  Now I don’t enjoy being the one that destroys your confetti pinnate (yes they do exist!), but as I’ve said repeatedly “If you look after the pennies, love will look after itself”.

Now by sticking to your budget, by no means do you have to lose your dream wedding, you just have to prioritise what’s worth compromising and what isn’t.  That’s where the friends come in, and…

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The Hen Do

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2015 by budgetguide4brides

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This one is for the Chief Bridesmaids out there who need a little inspiration!! We have got into the habit now of a large amount of hen and stag nights being held abroad, and although this a fantastic way to get a fab tan before your big day, it also means you lose out on close friends and family who cannot afford to join you!

Why not organise a “themed” hen party, the choices are endless, but I do have a favourite idea, and again “I wish I’d thought of this” crops into my head.

Why not hold an “Alice in Wonderland” tea party (with cocktails of course!), you can have so much fun here with the saucy costumes. There are vast amounts of Alice, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Rabbit, TweedleDee and Twiddle Dum, etc., etc., costumes on, which are not for the faint hearted, so you…

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The Wedding Cars

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2015 by budgetguide4brides

Originally posted on Budget Guide 4 Brides:

ImageIt is completely unnecessaryto order a full fleet of wedding cars to get your party to the venue. One large stretch limo will get everyone to the venue on time. I used a local company who offered me the choice of not having flowers or ribbons, this reduced the price believe it or not!!, they usually chargemore for a wedding.I used the limo to get my full wedding party to the venue, the driver done a few trips back and forward but it saved a lot of money. UnfortunatelyI wasted money on a large vintage car to pick myself and my father up. Big mistake, the car didn’t arrive as the driver was at the wrong address. Had I gone in the limo with rest of the party then my husband wouldn’t have been left waiting at the altarfor over 40 minutes!!, and I could have had that extra glass…

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Valentines Wedding Ideas

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2015 by budgetguide4brides

Originally posted on Budget Guide 4 Brides:

Well it’s that time again when all those hopeless romantics fall for all the hype of Valentines Day. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t say no to a slap up meal, however it doesn’t have to be all hearts and flowers and expensive Jewellery. The day should be about celebrating the time you and your loved one have been together, and spending quality time together.

So if you are planning a valentines themed wedding then please keep this in mind or before you know it, you’ll even end up with heart shaped ice-sculptures, and that could end up tacky.

Nevertheless, this is still a popular theme, just don’t go overboard. Now is a good time to start scavenging all the department stores for discounted valentines items, to use as table centres, favours etc.

Now is also a good day/weekend to go ring shopping as many jewellers have special offers on…

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