Red, Polka Dots & An Ice Cream Van – A Budget-Friendly DIY Wedding: Kelly & Matt

August 17, 2012

With a budget of just £8500, Kelly & Matt pulled of a wedding that perfectly encapsulated everything about them. From the cute red colour scheme, the DIY details and the relaxed photography, their wedding was one to remember. “We did absolutely everything ourselves for as little money as possible!,” began the bride. “We wanted the day to represent us as a couple and to be really personal. We wanted to make it a really relaxed atmosphere and make sure all our guests and we had fun. The theme was slightly retro, with red as the main colour set around black and white polka dots and loads of red love hearts! Everything looked exactly as we had imagined and seeing it all for the first time was one of my favourite parts of the day. All the details looked amazing and we were glad we put so much time and effort into them.”

The bride bought three dresses (third time lucky!) before finding her perfect gown. “The first was ordered online from America and was not the size described”, she explained, “the second was a ‘settle for’ dress and then I fell in love with the third and final dress which only arrived a week before the wedding!! It was by Marc Le Carr – the ‘Kelly’ dress – and I got it from Berketex Brides in Bristol.”

The couple also wanted to have a few surprises throughout the wedding for their guests to enjoy. After the wedding breakfast, an ice cream truck showed up for dessert, which also provided some great photo ops as well as being a delicious alternative. Then for the entertainment they had ‘bandeoke’ which, to their delight, everyone got involved in!

Big B’s Ices provided the ice cream van for after the meal. Also for our favours we had some mini photo cards made from Moo with each guests photo on as their name place, we also had our invitations printed from here and our thank you cards… I love Moo! As gifts for the bridesmaids they had name necklaces from Miss Cake (who also made our cake topper) and a Tatty Devine necklace for my maid of honour. For our drinks reception we had Mojitos rather than champagne and these went down a treat!”

Gorgeous! Thank you so much to Kelly & Matt for sharing their wedding with us today!

Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Leigh Boardman Photography
Venue: Dodmoor House, Northamptonshire
Bride’s Dress: Marc Le Carr
Bride’s Shoes: Leg Avenue on eBay
Bride’s Headpiece: eBay
Bride’s Jewellery: Vivienne WestwoodTatty Devine
Groom’s Outfit: Next
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Vivien of Holloway
Flowergirl’s Dresses:
Cake: DIY
Cake topper: Miss Cake
Flowers: Homelands Florist, Northampton
Band: The Sparks Bandeoke
Stationery: DIY
Caterers: Sergeants Butchers of Northampton
Ice Cream Van: Big B’s Ices