Alice and John (who is non-binary), married on December 21st in an orange meets boho meets 70s themed day. Armed with a budget of £10,000 they actually underspent, with everything coming in for less than £3,000! They did this by deciding to cut their guest list way down, buying their outfits from independent and Etsy sellers and changing their venue from a traditional wedding venue barn (which would have cost £4k) to Craven Cruck Barn in Appletreewick which was only £400 for the day!
“We got married on the winter solstice but absolutely didn’t want a Christmas themed wedding”, Alice told us. “We tried to draw ideas from the more pagan side of the solstice with the greenery. A lot of the inspiration came from our personal styles, we wanted to keep it true to ourselves!”
Having just 20 guests not only saved money, but made the planning process much less stressful. “It was absolutely perfect and I don’t think many people realise how special smaller weddings are! We didn’t have a what is classed as a traditional reception after the wedding, we are actually throwing a big party in the summer of 2022 for that.”
Alice walked down the aisle to Le Vie en Rose (the Celeste version), they wrote their own incredibly personal vows. They made promises as best friends and well as as a couple. Alice’s mum did a reading which she wrote herself, too.”
Above anything else, Alice and John would advice other couples to consider having a small wedding, “Don’t let other people tell you how your wedding should be or guilt trip you about it”, they concluded. “If something doesn’t feel right with your grand plans, maybe a smaller wedding would be better for you!”