Shocking statistics by UK loan broker Freedom Finance show the number of people applying for wedding loans is on the rise. Between 2013 and 2015, UK couples applied for £151m in loans! In the first two months of this year, the company recorded £8.6m applications alone.
I realise weddings generally cost a fortune, but starting married life with a stressful debt hanging over your heads cannot be conducive to a happy home. We only spent seven months planning our big day, but we both worked super hard in that time to earn the money we needed as we went along, ensuring we started our new chapter with zero wedding debt. These days, it’s also commonplace to ask guests to gift money towards a honeymoon and that’s how we paid for our luxury trip to Turkey.
But, there are other ways to cut the cost of your dream wedding.
Paula Gorry of Stampin’Up!demonstrates how there’s money to be saved by getting creative, making your own invitations, thank you cards, bunting and table centre pieces.
I’ll always leap at an opportunity to talk about weddings, especially when I’m asked about my own big day!
So, when a journalist got in touch to discuss wedding traditions with me for a feature she was writing for Wedding Ideas magazine, I was obviously up for the chat.
As much as I’m a hopeless romantic and love many wedding traditions, my husband and I weren’t afraid to ditch the ones which didn’t mean as much to us.
If you’re battling with the potentially controversial decision to go against traditions for some or all aspects of your wedding, have a read of this for some inspiration and encouragement to do what suits you.
Planning has got a little bit boring for bride Lucy Smith who is still stuck in a planning “gap”. BUT, she has seen The Dress! With just eight months to go until she marries Imran to become the new Mrs Shah, let’s see how the bride-to-be is doing.
We’re two years into married life now. It does still feel so new and yet in some ways, we’re already an old married couple! Thankfully, Loyes Diamond Jewellers (http://loyesdiamonds.ie/type/engagement-rings) has come up with this humorous infographic to remind all us marrieds what to do – and what NOT to do – after the wedding…. » Read more
The look of a wedding can be made or broken on the success, quality and style of the finishing touches. But, how are you supposed to know the rights and wrongs when it’s no doubt the biggest event you’ve ever planned yourself?
So, we are two out of three weddings down for this year. Two out of three new outfits worn and enjoyed. But, it seems things have changed in the world of weddings…and that black is now an acceptable colour for a guest to wear! Who knew!
The rule has always been, you simply don’t wear black (too dull and serious) or white (that’s reserved for the bride) when a guest at a wedding. You’ve obviously always had the occasional rule breaker, but weddings have always been full of guests in brightly coloured outfits.
I admit to being a sinner myself this year. » Read more
Buying your dresses online can be a huge risk. Many a bride has been burnt by ordering what they believe to be the dream wedding dress or bridesmaid dress, only to be sent something which is nothing more than a piece of rag.
But, if you do your research and use reputable online shops, there are some real bargains to be had. I bought my bridesmaid dresses online and was amazed by the sheer quality and workmanship, despite the low price tag.
Genuine designer dresses at Divine Gowns
Our friends over at new online shop Divine Gowns (www.divinegowns.co.uk) are big advocates for protecting brides against low quality online purchases.
Director Malcolm Izatt has these Top Tips for brides… » Read more
Aside from my husband, my mum is my absolute best friend. We are super close and it was hugely important to me that my mum had the time of her life on my wedding day. Sadly, her husband – my dear stepdad – is in care with alzheimers and although he could make it along for a precious hour of our wedding, essentially mum faced the day on her own.
With such a rough couple of years behind her, mum felt she needed some professional attention to ensure she didn’t look how she had been feeling…drained, emotional and, in her words, ten years older than she was.
On the day, my mum could not have looked more incredible. Despite not being a one for make-up previously, she allowed the expert to work her magic and I’m sure she turned as many heads as me, the bride, on the day.
I’m sure my mum isn’t alone when it comes to feeling the pressure of looking her best on her daughter’s big day. In fact, wedding specialist make-up artist Celina Keywood (www.makeupbycelina.co.uk) has made it her mission to make mums of brides and grooms – and even nans – feel a million dollars on their special day.