Organizing a Beautiful and Affordable Wedding

The other day I was hopping around the web, and for some reason ended up reading the first few lines of an article about the cost of weddings. I was astonished to see that the average UK wedding cost an eye watering £25,000. It got me thinking about whether it would be possible to hold a nice wedding without spending that sort of money. Fortunately, I concluded that it would be far easier than you think, and decided to write this post to share with you some of the most important ideas I found.

Be clear about your priorities
The first step is to work out your budget. You then need to identify the elements of your day that are the most important. For example, if wearing an elaborate, traditional gown on your wedding day is something that you have dreamed about doing all of your life, scrimping on the dress is not the right approach. Once you know what is most important, you will know where to spend most of your money.

Inexpensive bridesmaid dresses
If you are looking for bridesmaid dresses, it is well worth turning to the High Street stores first. Many of the larger retailers are now sell wedding outfits, and dresses. Therefore, you can easily buy stunning dresses that cost a fraction of what you would have to pay if you were to buy them from a wedding boutique.

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A memorable wedding reception
One of the biggest expense couples face is the reception. Feeding a couple of hundred guests a fancy five-course meal is not cheap. Typically, this part of the day swallows up between 30 and 50% of the budget.

Fortunately, there are ways to cater for a large group of people without breaking the bank. For example, a hog roast caterer can cook a formal sit down, hot meal for a fraction of what you would pay in a hotel, or restaurant. Usually, they also do great buffet food. All you need to do is to find, and hire, a venue that is big enough to hold all of your guests, and hire the hog roast team to do the catering. A picnic lunch is another way of doing it.

Get married on an unusual day
If you really want a traditional reception, at a large, fancy venue, being flexible about the dates can save you a lot of money. Getting married on a Monday instead of a Saturday could save you 50% on the cost of your reception. If you are worried that a lot of your friends and family would not be able to attend on a weekday, opt for a winter weekend instead. Most wedding venues slash their prices during January and February.

Negotiate the price
Regardless, of what elements you decide to spend the most money on, or how you decide to do things it is always important to negotiate. Those that provide wedding services will be used to people doing this, so do not be shy. It never hurts to ask for a discount.

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and that it will one day help those of you who are on tight budget to be able to organize the wedding of your dreams.

Disclosure: This post was written by the client. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

WISH LIST// JANUARY

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that after I turned 35 last year, I decided to finally {and permanently} make a lifestyle change. After Lucia was born, I knew needed to focus on my health again and make the shift back to healthy living. On December 15th, 2015, the day after my 35th birthday I started 21Day Fix, one year later I’m happy to share that I’m 50lbs down. With a lot of motivation, determination and hard work, I’ve achieved a lot — I’m excited to see where 2017 will take me!

To celebrate my recent successes, this month I’m sharing my favorite work out pieces and accessories. Enjoy and here’s to a happy, healthy 2017!

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2016 Holiday Gift Guides — BIRTHDAY AND CHRISTMAS WISH LIST

Alright! December is here. For me, it officially marks the start of the holiday season and my birthday — on December 14. Today I’ve decided to combine both my birthday and Christmas wish lists, I figured it would make it easier to shop two guides in one place.

What’s on your holiday wish list?

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Check it Out: Shop More, Save More Sale!

Shopbop’s BUY MORE, SAVE MORE sale is here! Shop your favorite items and receive up to 25% off.  Use code GOBIG16 during checkout  for 15% off $200+, 20% off $500+, and 25% off $800+ on all full-price and sale items — restrictions apply. Below are some items that are currently in my cart.

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Diane Von Furstenberg Dress // Madewell Ring
Cupcakes and Cashmere Faux Fur Coat
Sol Sana Slides // Kate Spade Earrings // Furla Coin Case

Sale ends on the 28th at 11:59 pm PT.

2016 Holiday Gift Guides — FOR HIM UNDER $50

Today I’m sharing a gift guide for that special guy in your life. Whether it’s your husband, boyfriend, brother or dad you are shopping for, there is something for everyone on your list this holiday season. And the best part? None of these items are over $50 bucks.

Happy shopping!

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