Even a couple planning on a budget of half the national average will have certain things they don’t want to scrimp on. The ‘will not scrimp on’ list doesn’t mean it is the ‘blow out’ list, it just means it’s where you don’t want to cut any corners. These are the areas you allocate your budget to first as they’re the areas most important to you (for how to create your overall budget and how to allocate it to different expenses check out this post from the archives). For many budget couples I’ve spoken to, their top priorities are; wedding dress, photographer, the number of guests or the food. These are areas they are keen to allocate large parts of their budget to, at the risk of having to scrimp on other areas such as the transport to get to and from the venue/s for example. The scrimp/splurge list is unique to every couple.
For most couples the wedding dress will be on the splurge list somewhere, with often the Grooms entire outfit sitting on the scrimp list.
In this post I want to put the focus back on to the Groom by bringing to you in this post a totally unique, quality, hand-made men’s shoe designer.
9 times out of 10 the Groom and the groomsman’s suits are hired, with one of the only elements of the outfit kept by the Groom after the wedding being his shoes (and possibly his accessories such as his watch, cufflinks etc).
For the couple planning their wedding on a smaller than average budget a professional photo booth may seem out of the equation.
Going DIY can be a fantastic way to have a photo booth at your wedding for less. One of the weddings I attended in 2014 had a budget photo booth which worked fantastically. It was an iPad set up on a stand where the guests pressed the capture button that was set on a 5 second timer so you could get in place before the picture was taken. Add in a little backdrop and some fun photo booth style props and you’ve got your own budget photo booth.
However, what if you do want something more professional?
Some photo booth hire companies do packages that could really suit your needs. You may decide you only need the photo booth for a couple of hours during the early stages of the reception. An example of a company that may be able to fit this need is ‘Giraffe Monkey‘ who are based in the north of England.
You can get 2 hours for just £200 but you can also get 4 hours for just £375 from Giraffe Monkey.
Only you will know if a photo booth is something you want to have at your wedding. If you do want a photo booth at your wedding, only you will know if your budget allows you to go professional, or if you’ll have to get creative and go DIY.
Within all of Giraffe Monkey’s packages you get all of the below:
When thinking about backdrops for a DIY photo booth you could create a board that stands in front of the ‘camera’ or you can simply set in up so a wall is the backdrop. Simply what you don’t want is the camera looking into a room as this distracts the focus away from the people who are “in the photo booth” at the time and takes away from the whole photo booth feel when you get the pictures.
Most people opting with a DIY photo booth won’t have a printer set up to print the pictures after they’re taken as if you don’t already have an instant photo printer this can add an unexpected high cost to the set up. If you’re using a smart device as the camera then you can download photo booth apps that allow your guests to upload the photos to a service such as Instagram with your own unique hashtag so you can find them all later. A quick Google search brings up loads of ideas and ‘How To’s” for creating a DIY photo booth.
Whether you go for a professional photo booth or a DIY style one they are usually a big winner at any wedding; and a fantastic and affordable way to provide a form of entertainment for your wedding guests that everyone will benefit from.
The high street can be one of the best places to get pretty much everything for your big day. Clothes shops, craft stores and department stores are the most commonly visited shops on the high street for bridesmaids dress, suits for the groomsmen, supplies to make invitations and everything in between.
However, what if I said you could get some of the fun little clothing extras you might want for your hen party or wedding morning?
Asda now have a small range of wedding clothing items that beat most prices I’ve seen any where else!
The Asda wedding range is very small, so don’t think you’ll be able to get half your list of goodies from the supermarket chain, but you will be able to pick up ‘Father of the Bride’ socks for £2, a ‘ Bride to be’ dressing gown for £8 and swimming costumes for the Hen do for £10.
Some Brides may have 2 wedding gowns. Very rarely does a budget bride have 2 dresses. But you know what a budget bride can have 2 of?
2 pairs of shoes!
I had two pairs of shoes on my wedding day and I loved having both pairs.
A couple of months before the wedding during a dress fitting with Tina, (the lady who was making alterations to my dress) I was told that I needed to bring my wedding shoes with me to the next appointment. But I hadn’t bought them yet! So a hastily planned shopping trip with my Mum was arranged to get my shoes.
Today I bring to you an interview with Alexe, a wedding stationary designer based in Montreal, Canada. Alexe started Alexem Boutique about a year ago and in that short space of time the business has boomed.
Alexe and I connected on Twitter after I tweeted her about how much I loved her unconventional stationary business.
You will find plenty of different designs on her website or Etsy shop that are usually the starting point. Her clients then advise they want to have / to change in order to get to their desired invitation. She then does all the changes, sends them different versions, etc until they end up with the final PDF file that they can print how they want, or upload the design to a service such as Vistaprint.
What inspired you to start Alexem Boutique?
In previous posts I have advised that the budget wedding planning couple can cross favours off of their list to help save money. Favour bags are definitely something unnecessary and guests definitely will not notice if they aren’t there. I still, and always will stand by this. However, if you do decide to include favour into your wedding breakfast, do not spend a lot of money on them. Even at my wedding, a couple were left on the tables at the end of the evening; and had we spent a lot of money on them we would have been gutted.
Coming home from work on Thursday to see the package I’d been eagerly awaiting lying on the welcome mat made me so giddy. The Guest book I had ordered from Ahoy Designs came quicker than I thought it would. I was planning on creating a video of me opening the package to share with you but I am very sorry to say that excitement got the better of me so there isn’t a video 😦
if you’ve seen the guest books Rachael at Ahoy Designs creates you’d know why!
Buxton based Rachael single-handedly runs Ahoy Designs hand crafting each sumptuous Guest Book to suit your wedding colours. As many of you know the colours the H2B and I have chosen for our October 2016 wedding are blue and gold so I requested the ribbon colour to be gold.
On the Jiffy bag was a “FRAGILE handle with care” label
The box inside the Jiffy bag is wrapped in tissue paper
when I peeled back (who I am kidding – Ripped off) the tissue paper I found the book inside a PVC box.
Upon opening the box I found my guest book, a pen and a personalised note from Rachael
In my opinion the delivery couldn’t have been packaged better – I’m a sucker for tissue paper! 😀
The Guest Book
The ribbon is iridescent and seems to almost sparkle under the light. I couldn’t help but run my fingers over the different textures from the ribbons to the lace onto the card. It is obvious from the cushioned feel of the book to the soft n silkiness of the materials that Rachael pays close attention to detail and sources her materials from quality suppliers.
I’ve left this up to the H2B: “I love the textures and the handmade feel. Everything from the book itself to the note just make it all feel personalised to a T. Everything about opening gave a real sense of occasion that even made me feel excited.”
So there you have it, even my caveman of a H2B had only good things to say, which is why I wanted to share with you this Spot Light on Rachael and her Ahoy Designs business.
What inspired you to start Ahoy Designs?
I made my own guestbook for my wedding back in August 2014. I’ve always been crafty and loved making something we used on our special day. I got so many compliments on the guest book from wedding guests that I started making them for my friends and family . In June 2015 I took the plunge and started Ahoy Designs as a business.
How do you juggle working full time in web design and running Ahoy Designs?
It’s been a hard learning curve to be honest. I burnt myself out in September – I’d go home after being busy in my day job and work on Ahoy until 10-11pm at night. I didn’t realize I was burning myself out, because I love what I do and didn’t mind working late each night. I’ve now learnt to listen to my body and have a couple of nights a week off which means I can make more time for my Husband.