We second that.
BUT, firstly. What wedding isn’t. Secondly. We wouldn’t have changed a thing. As young newly weds we had little money but some really big ideas. So here was our situation: Our families kindly help with money Vs. wanting to reduce, reuse and recycle as well as wanting to use as little if our parents money as possible.
Ways in which we managed to eliminate high costs:
1. Second hand wedding dress
2. Wooden plates and cutlery
3. Recycling used Jars as drinks
4. Having guests bring along pies for desert.
5. Using my grandmother and Mothers flowers from there garden
6. My mothers homemade wedding cake
7. Catering done by a friend
8.And loads and loads of favours from friends and family.
9.Booking venues early and picking ones that you need to fix up a little (thus making it cheaper.)
10. A Honeymoon on a budget to a close destination.
What we learnt : It’s always cheaper to do things yourself. It always turns out to have more character and we found that we appreciated our outcomes more. Let things go. True perfection must be imperfect. And that’s not an excuse for bad work. Giving things your own stamp will always give a more natural feel and will make things more heart felt.
We found that by saving money in some areas that we could allow for money to be splashed out in other areas we deemed as vital, we both agreed that that area was the photography. To us even if the day went perfectly, bad photos wouldn’t have given us anything to look back on. And as it turns out we even found that the imperfections of our day were buffered away with the beautiful ease that Nordica’s have.
We are so proud to show friends and family our photos. We look at them and are filled with the magic of that day that came and went like and dream.
And what’s comforting and heart warming all at once is to know that these photos will only hold more meaning and more power with time.
Beth & Michael
Photographer: Nordica Photography
Second photographer: Andy Gaines
Text: Beth & Michael
Enzoani wedding dress, modified by
Moss bespoke suit: T M Lewin bowtie
English hog roast company: Wholeleaf co plates and cutlery
Venues: Blake hall
The high barn: London LDS Temple