Real-life bride Kayleigh Hughes reveals how she cut back costs, without compromising her celebration
A bargain-loving bride has revealed how she planned her dream £10k wedding - for just £2,000.
Kayleigh Hughes tied the knot with her childhood sweetheart Dave in July 2015, and owing to months of planning and bargain-hunting, she organised their dream wedding for just £2,000.
Kayleigh - who shares her money-saving tips on promotionalcodes.org.uk - managed to trim the costs of the big-day essentials from £4,500 to £480, and was lucky enough to receive flowers worth £3,000 for free owing to her husband's job.
Over to you, Kayleigh!
"I had a clear idea of what I wanted for my wedding, but when I totted up the figures it would have set me back around £5,000. I’m a full-time mum with two young sons so splashing out on a big wedding just wasn’t realistic. I wanted to see how I could achieve the wedding of my dreams without breaking the bank. It’s amazing how much you can save on an event like a wedding as soon as you start putting some feelers out for help. It’s like that old adage, don’t ask, don’t get".
"My biggest saving was definitely my flowers. I wanted big floral bouquets and decorations. Some quotes I received were around £3,000. However, my husband is a manager of a flower wholesaler and his boss kindly gave us all the flowers as our wedding gift. It saved us a fortune and they looked beautiful. For our venue we went with our local village hall, which had the total hire cost of £80. We were able to decorate it exactly how we wanted and it was all we needed".
"Next it was the dress. I’d had my eye on a gorgeous one, which was £900, but I waited until it was on sale and managed to snaffle it for just £300. My tiara and shoes were also in the sale, I paid just £30 for the two. The shoes were £90 originally before being marked down. My veil was my ‘something borrowed’ from my aunt. My family were brilliant with chipping in to help. My aunt made my wedding cake and my mum decorated it. I got 50% off the figures on the top so just paid £5 for it in total".
"My 100 guests were fed for just £300 thanks to my friends and family all contributing to the food and my parents contributing towards the rest. Everyone brought their own dish and we had an amazing buffet. My transport was also free, my aunt lent us her flash Land Rover to arrive in style to the church. One of the best things about the day was the ice cream van. I really wanted to rent one but they quoted £150 which I didn’t want to spend".
"However on the day, an opportunistic ice cream man saw all the cars by the village hall and decided to come and see what was happening. So I got my ice cream man free of charge. Other savings include hair and make up where I was quoted £230 for six people, but found a non-professional who was juts as good and charged me just £60. Other little touches I made myself. I saw online that marshmallow trees were £30 but I found a tutorial and made my own which barely cost anything".
"We also had homemade pink lemonade in cute drinking jars that we decorated ourselves. All of these added extras and the fact that everyone had come together to make our day so special made it just perfect. Even better the total spend was around £2,000 – a lot less than I expected to do it for".
It just goes to show: utilising contacts and not being afraid to ask for help can reap dividends! And those numbers in full...