Meet…Mrs Laura McCutcheon. The newly-wed and husband Paul are living proof even if your worst nightmare comes true on your wedding day, you can still have the day of your dreams. With just hours to go until their big day, the couple were thrown into meltdown when their venue announced it had gone into liquidation and could no longer host their wedding the very next day.
We were clever when it came to our wedding music and got our favourite songs put onto CD and played throughout the day. It helped to save us lots of money on bringing in live acts. I did, out of curiosity, however contact Alexander O’Neal’s people to see how much it would cost to have him sing at our wedding…£8,000 (plus VAT) for a half-hour performance. Think that’s expensive? It’s a drop in the ocean to what some couples pay for celebrity acts… » Read more
We didn’t have a budget for our wedding. There were no spreadsheets and there were no cutting corners and certainly no compromises. I’m the type of person who, if I want something, I simply work my backside off until I can afford it. My wedding day was going to be no different. However, I am also not the sort to waste money, spend it like it’s going out of fashion or spend now and worry later. The plan from the outset was to splurge on the things which were most important to us (the dress, the venue, the photos) and save money where we could on those extras which nobody would notice if they weren’t there.
In the end, it was about doing a little bit of clever thinking and prioritising. Here’s where we saved money on our big day… » Read more
After the months spent planning our wedding, I wasn’t prepared to just switch off that part of my brain when the big day came and went. It didn’t seem right to just forget the day until our first anniversary came around. So, being the romantic that I am, I decided to mark every single monthly “anniversary” in the first 12 months after our wedding. Before you say “my husband would never agree to that”, as one friend has told me, rest assured Mr Robertson has done much eye rolling and laughing at me when the first of each month has come around and I’ve excitedly presented him with a surprise.
However, he hasn’t once refused to partake in the treats or accept the gifts – all with a link to our wedding – that I’ve come up with!
Take a look at the monthly treats I organised for my husband (and myself!). I hope you may find some inspiration for gifts or romantic treats in there for you and your loved one… » Read more
I would love to be at a wedding when a waiter serving food and drinks suddenly bursts into song. Imagine the look on everyone’s faces as one by one, the rest of the waiting staff join in! It certainly would be one of those moments talked about for years to come.
This blog is all about doing things a little bit different. With every step of planning our wedding, we were keen to make choices which were not the same as every other couple before us. Our rule was no different when it came to selecting the music to feature at every step of our wedding day. We managed to pick songs which we’ve never heard at any other weddings and therefore will forever be remembered by us, our friends and family as “ours”.
Irish wedding act A Few Good Men (http://www.afewgoodmenband.com/the-band) are obviously as keen as we were to inspire the use of lesser used music for ceremony songs, first dance and even wedding film soundtracks. They have produced The Ultimate Wedding Music Guide infographic, detailing the most overplayed wedding songs and hottest wedding reception tunes. » Read more
Investing in live music on your wedding day can be seen as an expensive luxury. Paying out for a singer to perform as you walk down the aisle may not be a case of money well spent if you are on a budget. But, Raphaela Mishali, manager of vocal group Voxelle(www.voxelle.co.uk), has some tips on making your money go further.