A Budget Wedding & A Pregnant Bride: Emilie & Antony

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Emilie & Antony spent just £3000 on their wedding. They were married on a Friday and were really lucky to have a friend who worked at Lains Barn in Oxfordshire, who was able to get them a really cheap deal on the rental and food costs. “Lains Barn is perfectly charming and was perfect for our shabby chic wedding!” wrote Emilie. “We chose to have a hog roast. It was served with buns and apple sauce. My grandmother didn’t seem a big fan of the way it was served, but not everyone agreed – one of my friends said ‘Burgers at a wedding – genius!’ with a big smile on his face and a couple of burgers on his plate!”

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This wasn’t where the money saving stopped though. Emilie found her dress for just £30 on eBay and Antony’s suit was from TK Maxx. They also didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen, the bride’s mother did the flowers and they kept the reception décor minimal. “The venue already came partly decorated”, she continued. “The main barn had long flowing fabric hangings which I thought looked perfect as they were, so I just added the flower arrangements to decorate the tables. The second barn, where the bar is, already had fairy lights and greenery decorating the animal troughs. I hung lots of silver stars along the wood beams to add some shabby chic whimsy to the room. I made them myself using the inside cardboard from toilet rolls, cutting each roll into 5 roundels. I flattened each roundel to make it a little pointed, and then hot-glued them in the middle to make stars! All that was left to do after that was spray-painting them silver.”

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“The tables in the second barn were decorated with sweet jars and sweet bags, along with little puzzles with Antony’s and my face on them. I made those at work thinking they would be a great little thing for people to take away from the wedding! On the outside, I decorated the entrance path with old jam jars filled with tea lights. As guests entered the barn, the first thing they would lay their eyes on were two vintage hat boxes; one for gifts, one for cards, and one that held a load of disposable cameras. The idea behind it being that anyone could pick up a camera and take some photos, as long as they left the camera at the end so I could get them developed.”

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9 comments

  1. Belen

    Lovely wedding! Very personal! However I am thinking that photography must be at least 1/3 of the £3000 budget!

  2. I love this! Just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a lovely day. The couple looked amazing. Love that the bride got her dress from eBay, as that’s where I also got my own. Gorgeous photos from Laura. :)

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