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.
So, how completely thrilling to receive an email from someone who said they had discovered A Real Bride’s Guide via a list of the UK’s top 50 wedding bloggers! I, of course, immediately went searching and found that yes, there I am, featured on Go Hen! Go me!!
Thanks so much for the mention, I’m super chuffed to have been featured and for the recognition for this little blog.
Time is ticking, ladies! Monday is THE day when it’s tradition for a woman to propose to her man. And, according to The Stag Company, there’s no need to panic as he’s likely to say yes!
The stag do organisers have done the leg work for you and asked around the male population on their thoughts on Leap Year – February 29 – proposals. It turns out, more than 50% of men would accept a proposal from their girlfriend, but make it low-key girls as all they want is something small (26%) or a nice meal out (21%). Simple creatures, really.
But, what about the bling? Men traditionally propose with a sparkler, but is the same expected round the other way?
It’s now just three months until Noemi and Chris head to beautiful Puglia, Italy, to become Mr and Mrs Pearson. With the most special trip of their lives ever approaching, it’s time to check in and see how the planning is coming along.
After a couple of months of twiddling her thumbs and feeling frustration at the planning “gap”, bride Lucy is suddenly enjoying a whirlwind of wedding activity! In just seven short months, she will marry her best friend Imran and become Mrs Shah. Check out what has had her so busy this month.
Handing over the blog to Lucy…
I can’t believe how fast this last month has gone! How is it October already? » Read more
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.
This time next week, my good friend Charlie Smith from Truly I Do (http://trulyido.weebly.com) will have tied the knot once again to husband of nine years, Dan. They will have seen all their plans come together and declared their never-ending love in front of their family and friends – including myself and Mr Robertson.
Checking in to see how Mrs Smith is doing with one week to go until her vow renewal… » Read more
It’s now just eight months until Noemi and Chris head to beautiful Puglia, Italy, to become Mr and Mrs Pearson. With time flying by, Noemi is in the thick of planning for their dream wedding.
Handing over the blog to Noemi…
Eight months until the big day!! It’s getting really exciting. We attended the last wedding of the year for Sara and Tony at the hop farm and now it’s full steam ahead into planning our own.
Since I last posted, we have been to see the planner and started our mood board, booked and chosen our photographer and I am currently on my way to meet three of my bridesmaids to try on some beautiful ghost dresses. » Read more
Bride Lucy Smith is down to single figures with just nine months to go until she says I Do to Imran and becomes Mrs Shah. Planning has quietened down slightly for the couple, but time is flying and the big day fast approaching. Mind “the gap”…
Handing over the blog to Lucy…
I can’t believe how fast this year is going! How on earth is it August already?
Wedding planning is not really happening at the moment. We have organised and booked all the big things and until I take my bridesmaids shopping in October, there isn’t much more I can do. I’ve heard other brides talk about the “gap” before. Once all the big stuff is organised, there is a gap until anything else needs to be done. From what my friends have said, you should use this gap wisely! » Read more