Budget bride pulls off wedding day for just £1,000

Emilyrose Fitzpatrick cut the costs of her wedding and still managed to have the perfect day.

A budget bride has revealed her secrets to having the wedding of her dreams for just £1,000. She says she did it by shopping in sales and calling in favours from her friends and family.

By calling in these favours Emilyrose was able to rid of big-ticket costs on items that weren’t necessary to her special day.

The 29-year-old tied the knot in September last year to husband Rory. She spent just over £60 on her dress, only £70 on wedding flowers and an impressive £590 on their venue, food, drink and entertainment.

Originally from Sydney the bride said: “We didn’t want to spend a fortune and I knew we could still have a fantastic day without breaking the bank.

“It was a challenge on such a tight budget but we were determined to stick to it. I hunted for the cheapest rose petal confetti and made an eight-hour wedding playlist.

“Thanks to Rory’s contacts in the hospitality industry, he bagged a great deal on a function room in a pub for our 100 guests. I found a lovely strappy wedding dress on Asos for £60 and, the day before the wedding, I ran around Glasgow foraging flowers and picked foliage from outside my window. I bought cheap bouquets from the high street and added thistles and eucalyptus leaves.”

The average wedding costs roughly £20,000, and so the couple were keen to save some pennies and keep outgoings to a minimum.

She added: “I picked up florist’s tape, wire and ribbons, and made a stunning bouquet and headpiece, as well as two corsages for my best friends.

“We hired a photographer for two hours for £200 to capture the ceremony. At the reception, we put disposable cameras on the tables and everyone took pictures with those and their phones.

“The pub did canapés of calamari and pork pies and we had a £30 cheese tower with crackers instead of a cake.

“It was the most perfect day and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

The bride was studying in the UK when she met her husband in a nightclub. Rory proposed a few months later, to which Emily didn’t hesitate to say yes.

She said: “Originally, we planned to elope with two witnesses but when my parents said they were visiting, I knew I wanted them there.

“We had less than four months to plan as Rory was busy in his job as a restaurant manager so I had to do it alone. It was stressful and I missed not having my sister or mum around to help.

“My advice to anyone would be to think outside the box.

“There were times I wanted to throw money at a situation but I’m glad we didn’t.

“We want to go on honeymoon to Asia later this year and saving on the wedding means we can push the boat out on a dream trip.”

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