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Finances: DIY your way to a debt-free marriage

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.

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Wedding diary: 7 months to go for bride-to-be Lucy!

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.

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I can’t believe how fast this last month has gone! How is it October already?
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Wedding diary: 8 months to go for bride-to-be Lucy!

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.

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Wedding diary: Vow renewal for Charlie from Truly I Do

Many of you will already know Charlie from Truly I Do (http://trulyido.weebly.com). If you’re following her page on Facebook, you will be regularly entertained by her wonderfully humorous posts and photos of her beautiful, handmade garters.

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Charlie was my best friend at school. She made my hen and wedding garters and is the go-to person for any bride looking for an ultra special, bespoke garter.


But for now, it’s time to turn the attention onto Charlie: the bride. Married already to Dan and with three children completing their family, the Smiths are planning a vow renewal for September this year to cement their “gang”.


We will be following Charlie – Mrs Smith – on her vow renewal planning journey!


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Guest post: Save the date the eco way with Paperless Wedding

Although I was always going to have my dream wedding, no matter the cost, I wasn’t willing to blow money on things which weren’t important to either of us. Save the Dates, for example, were not something we spent any time considering. A simple text to our nearest and dearest had our wedding date secured in the important diaries. But, it turns out, there is a middle ground, with Paperless Wedding (www.paperlesswedding.co.uk) offering online save the dates – simple AND eco-friendly!

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Testimonial: “Great feedback” for Paperless Wedding

It’s always fabulous to hear when people who have invested their time and/or money into this blog get something back from it. After all, the whole idea of this wedding blog is to give a little extra exposure to the many suppliers out there doing a wonderful job.

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So, when I received this email from advertiser Emma from Paperless Wedding (www.paperlesswedding.co.uk), I was thrilled: “I had great feedback from your article you did on me earlier this month. People loved it and it got lots of clicks on Facebook.”


How lovely is that!

Meet the Expert: Emma Taylor of Paperless Wedding

Meet…Mrs Emma Taylor.wedding stationery

Back in 2008, Emma married Jim, breaking away from tradition to have the very first Paperless Wedding (www.facebook.com/paperlessweddinguk). They ripped up the traditional rule book and got online to invite and plan their big day. The following year, they launched their own business together, offering the same modern approach to other couples.

Emma, who works around her two-year-old daughter and a growing baby bump, reveals all about their totally different wedding business…
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Stationery: What to send out and when!

It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve spent dreaming about your big day. It doesn’t matter if you think you know what your dress will look like, what your first dance will be to and what your new husband will say in his speech. When that ring is on your finger and the planning begins, there are lots of questions you simply do not know the answer to.


One being, when on earth do we send out the invitations?

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Luckily, Heart Invites (www.heartinvites.com) reveal all for you here! Handing over to Lauren, of Heart Invites…
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Fab Finds: Suppliers who helped make special occasion perfect

I love an occasion. Weddings, anniversaries or birthdays, I simply love making a fuss and making sure everything is just perfect. So, when my precious mum turned 60 recently, I turned to my bulging contacts book to enlist the help of lots of talented suppliers to help us to celebrate.

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Take a look at these wonderful suppliers and what they did to make this special occasion perfect…
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Meet the expert: Illustrator Ruth Joyce

wedding expertMeet…Miss Ruth Joyce. She’s in the first exciting stages of romance, just preparing to move in with her partner. But, she knows as and when she does get married, she wants a mixture of traditional and alternative. She says: “I’m a creative, tattooed lady, bursting with energy and a love for all things quirky, so I would want to be exactly that on my wedding day – my usual self!”
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