Win the £40,000 Wedding of Your Dreams from Confetti.co.uk!

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I’ve heard way too many stories from people who’ve had to postpone or even cancel getting married simply because they couldn’t afford it. That makes me so very sad. Of course the amount you spend has less than zero indication on how awesome your marriage will be, but if you have little or no savings, even a completely budget wedding can be out of the question.

I’ve been championing budget weddings for years but just because you can’t – or don’t want! – spend thousands of pounds on one just day of your life, doesn’t mean you won’t spend hours dreaming about what you’d do if money was no object… right? Which is why I am so completely held over heels, hearts in my eyes, back flipping down the street excited to share this contest with you all today!

When Confetti got in touch to tell me they wanted to give someone a wedding prize package worth over £40,000 I jumped at the chance to share it with you! They are offering one of you the chance to win everything for your wedding. From the your choice of Marriott hotel venue to the entertainment, the hen and stag dos to your wedding dress and accessories, the photography, videography and a photo booth… oh and even a luxury honeymoon to Cyprus!

This amazing prize includes:

♥ A wedding reception at your choice of one of the 11 Marriott Hotels in the UK (subject to availability, see the venue terms and conditions)
♥ A luxury honeymoon from Kanika Hotels and Resorts in Cyprus.
♥ Your wedding dress from Eternity Bridal.
♥ Shoes from Crystal Bridal Accessories.
♥ Tiara from Fabledreams.
♥ Dress storage from Empty Box Company.
♥ Groomswear from Stephen Bishop Suiting.
♥ Up to four bridesmaids dresses from Alfred Angelo.
♥ Wedding rings from Bands of Love.
♥ Pre-wedding spa break from Ardencote Manor.
♥ Wedding photography from Douglas Fry Photography, Charles Glover Photography or Monir Ali Photography (your choice!)
♥ Videography from If It Moves.
♥ Photo booth from PictureBlast.
♥ Wedding cakes from Sweet Hollywood and Waitrose Ltd.
♥ Silk flowers from Sarah’s Flowers.
♥ Speech writing help from Great Speech Writing.
♥ Live entertainment from Warble Entertainment.
♥ Stag party entertainment from Grosvenor Casino.
♥ Hen party entertainment from Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa.

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Wedding Day Survival for Introverts

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Dear Kat
I’m sure this isn’t something you struggle with but I was wondering if you might be able to use your infinite wedding wisdom to help me none-the-less. I am a painfully shy introvert. I suffer from crippling social anxiety and although I desperately want to marry my fiancé, the thought of being the centre of attention for the day fills me with dread. I’m worried about so many things especially what our guests will think about the wedding. We don’t have a huge budget and I’m worried it will be boring because we can’t afford more than an iPod playlist as entertainment…

I was just hoping you might have some tips or advice you could share?

The wedding industry is pretty much built around the idea that your wedding is supposed to be this big entertainment circus where you are the main attraction. It’s enough to make even the most extroverted of us hyperventilate with stage fright. Of course this couldn’t be further from the truth and if I try to do one thing more than anything else with this blog, its to demonstrate to you that you can – and should – do YOUR wedding YOUR way!

For the record, as you probably guessed, I am not an introvert. While I love spending time at home with my husband and my cats, I adore nothing more than being surrounded by people – laughing, chatting and catching up. I feel energised by talking to others and much prefer to be with someone else than spending time alone.  

You probably know this already but while extroverts draw their energy from others, introverts recharge their batteries by being on their own. Gareth is a classic introvert by the way (which actually works well for us, I can be out doing my thang while he’s perfectly content to hold the fort at home!) The fact the we are at opposite ends of the extrovert/introvert spectrum is not a problem for us, as long as we respect each other’s needs.

But I digress…

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Here are a few simple tips for those introverted babes amongst you who are feeling worrisome about being the centre of attention on your wedding day:

Realise that it’s not all about you

The notion that this is “your big day” can be terrifying for introverts but weddings are as much for the family and friends of the couple as they are for the couple themselves. Weddings bring people together. In fact your wedding day will probably be the first day in a long time that everyone you know and love is in the same room.

Your family and friends are not there to be vicious energy sucking vampires. They simply want to share in your joy and to show their love and support for you and your marriage. The bride and groom do not have to be constantly at the centre of everyone’s attention. You are but the reason for everyone to be there together.

Most of your guests will be perfectly happy catching up with each other, reminiscing, laughing, drinking, dancing… I promise, you do not have to put on a massive show for them! For many people forced entertainment is a lot more annoying than the old classics anyway – flowing wine, good tunes and a little bit of dancing!

Have a small wedding

If having all eyes on you is something that fills you with dread then why not have a small wedding? Or at least keep the ceremony (often the most nerve-racking part) intimate? Legally, you only need to have two witnesses at a wedding ceremony (in the UK) and there is no law saying you have to invite everyone you know along for the ride! If a full on elopement is out of the question for whatever reason, a low-key ceremony followed by a more casual reception might be the way forward.

Take the focus off the bride

There are definitely small adaptations you can make throughout your wedding so you are not the focus of everyone’s attention. Have a think about what parts of the day are making you the most anxious – is it walking down the aisle, saying your vows in front of everyone, the first dance? Then change them!

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Whimsical, Colourful and Vintage Inspired Austin Wedding: Alisha & Marc

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Alisha and Marc were married in Austin, Texas at The Palm Door, a super cool events space in the city. Their day had a whimsical and natural feel, which reflected the two of them perfectly. The reception was also littered with homemade vintage-inspired touches and lots of pops of colour.

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“Marc and I like to have fun and like old stuff and nature”, began Alisha. “So, we included things in the wedding that we already had – an old typewriter, family photos, old suitcases and a mounted deer head given to Marc by one of his students years ago… which I don’t think you’ll see at every wedding! Also, we picked up a lot of stuff from Goodwill, such as the books on the tables, a lot of the frames used, little knick-knacks. Marc has an obsession with knives (they are scattered all over our house), so we used one of his absurdly small knives to cut our cake.”

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“We had Marc’s uncle ordained through the Universal Life Church (which you can do in a few minutes online) so he could marry us. We  basically tried to make the wedding a representation of us; nothing too fancy or uptight. We also like having our friends around, so we rented a house for the weekend so we could all stay together.”

“Marc and I made our altar together”, she continued. “We cut down a branch from his parents’ backyard and used chain to hang little colorful vases and blue mason jars from it at different lengths. We then put fresh flowers and plants it the vases/ jars for the ceremony. We plan to hang it up at home as well. It turned out really well!”

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Eclectic, Handmade Wedding With A Bride Who Knitted Her Own Dress: Stephanie & Rob

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Stephanie and Rob’s wedding was nearly all handmade. They wanted it to have a laid back and unfussy feel but for it to be a little bit fancy. One of the biggest projects for the wedding was Stephanie’s dress, which she knitted herself!

“I designed and hand knit my dress from linen and cashmere yarn”, she explained. “I used some turn of the 20th century gowns for inspiration, particularly for the shape of the skirt, and combined a variety of related lace patterns. I was really, really happy with how it turned out, but I think the mirroring of the pattern on the waistband is my favorite part.”

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“After the wedding, I hired a pattern writer to work with my notes and the dress itself to write a pattern for the dress for anyone who’d like to knit one themselves. It’s not for beginners, but it really wouldn’t be that complicated for someone who has a few sweaters under her belt.”

To avoid wedding planning stresses, the couple called upon their talented friends and family to help out where they could. “Wedding planning has a terrible reputation for turning women into either monsters or weepy stressballs (or both!), but I didn’t really experience any of that”, she continued. “In fact, one of my bridesmaids started referring to me as a ‘bridechilla.’ That’s not to say that I didn’t have a pretty clear vision for what I wanted. I did, and I put a lot of work into executing it. But the projects I took on were all things that I really enjoy doing, including the organizational aspects and problem solving. And we really took advantage of the skills and strengths of everyone we know to a degree that I think is pretty unusual.”

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Comic Con Themed Wedding: Harry & Vanessa

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Harry and Vanessa’s barn wedding took place in September. The day was relaxed, fun and geeky, they also had a cheerful blue and yellow colour scheme. “We gave up on picking or really sticking to a particular theme”, wrote the bride, “instead we just used anything we liked – it was much easier that way, and felt a lot more personal!”

“Firstly, we obviously looked at Rock n Roll Bride a lot for ideas! It was really great to see that other people wanted to have weddings that were different, as to begin with we felt a bit of pressure to ‘fit in’ and have a very typical wedding. After a lot of false starts, we realised that we just wanted to throw a big party with our friends and family, and have a day that was personal to us, lots of fun, and informal.”

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“We ended up doing a lot of DIY and tried to include tons of references and things that we enjoy and love, regardless of whether or not it ‘belonged’ in a wedding! We handmade Super Mario star decorations (and my earrings matched!), Lego heart centrepieces, pictures of comic book couples, yellow and blue Claptrap robots as bride and groom cake toppers (from the videogame Borderlands), Pokémon inspired place names and table names, brightly iced cupcakes, and Star Wars recessional music. We also brought our vinyl Batman and Robin toys to celebrate with us – they go everywhere with us!”

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Intimate Wedding at Home in Spain: Ames & Tel

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Ames and Tel met when they were twelve, at school. Needless to say it wasn’t love at first sight! However eleven years later they virtually bumped into each other on MySpace and saw each other on a few nights out. Shortly after that they started dating.

“We didn’t set out with a theme in mind for our wedding, we just knew we wanted a laid back relaxed do with close friends and family”, Ames explained. “We didn’t have much money to spend (our budget was £3000) so we wanted to do as much ourselves as we could. I think in the end we had a laid back, homemade vintage feel to the day.”

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The wedding was held at the bride’s parent’s house in Spain. It was important to the couple that their day was small and stress-free. “I’ve struggled for years with depression and social anxiety so much so that I even ducked out of being a bridesmaid at my sisters wedding because I just wanted to blend into the day, rather than be part of it”, the bride continued. “At the start we spent hours looking for inspiration for our day. We wanted something really understated that our budget could stretch to (I have a large family who would travel far and wide to go to a wedding so we needed to take those needed to keep numbers in mind). We toyed with ideas of parties in marquees and village halls and even booked and paid a deposit for a venue in Scotland (close to my Scottish family).”

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