That’s why Brides go to Asda…


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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.

 

Gold Bridal Shoes


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!

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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. 

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All White Wedding on a Budget


Going all white can seem scary, but as long as you use a mix of different textures and fabrics your wedding will look expensively elegant for a very small amount without any stresses that come with a mixed colour theme. In this post I would like to show you some ways you can achieve an all white wedding without it costing the earth.

Decorations

Fairy lights can be bought from pretty much anywhere, but bare in mind that you will need to select battery operated fairy lights for use throughout your venue. The three orbs and the rose garland are from NotOnThehighstreet.com for £26 and £22 respectively. The hanging birdcage is £12 from Matalans home range, which would look lovely holding either real tea light candles or LED tea lights if your venue has restrictions on naked flames.

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Wedding Stationary

The number of places where you can get wedding invitations from is endless, from high street card shops or print shops to a never ending list of websites. BHS sell a range of wedding stationary that can be personalised, such as their Damask wedding invitation design which starts at £2.08 each.

basicinvitebasicinvite.com allows you to design your own invites for as little as 59p each. As you change the design of your invite, using the extensive array of colour options, you can see instant previews and a sample can be ordered before you commit to your purchase. For simple designs upgrading to their shimmer paper would finish your invites off with a truly professional feel for just pence.

Hobby Craft sell all manner of ready made wedding decorations as well as all the supplies you could need to create yourhobby craft place cards own wedding stationary and décor such as these butterfly place cards. Hobby Craft do tend to come up more expensive than other suppliers, so make sure you check around to get the best price. I’m a big fan of looking on eBay or wedding forums for the same products at lowers prices.

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Both of the Bridesmaid dresses pictured on my previous post, ‘It’ll be All White on the Day’ are from ASOS. Both are a steal at less than half the price of BM dresses from bridal shops; the one shoulder dress is currently at £75.00 and the lace bardot neckline dress is currently £67.00. Light grey or soft sand coloured suits can be picked up from your favourite mens clothing shop along with crisp white shirts and a white tie with an embroidered pattern. Finding white bridesmaids dresses and pale suits for the groomsmen will be easiest in Spring so plan your shopping trip carefully. Remember even though you are styling your wedding day with an all white theme, that doesn’t mean you can’t add a touch of sparkle or splash of metallic with the BM shoes and accessories.

White Wedding Cake

High street food shops such as M&S and Waitrose do premium wedding cakes perfect for an all white wedding theme at cM&S wedding cakecompetitive prices, such as this three tier from M&S for just £249.

A cheaper option would be to pick up three plain iced cakes from your chosen supermarket, position on top of each other or use pillars to separate each layer before decorating.

If you do decide to commission someone to make your cake for you, ensure you get a few different quotes and check their reviews. Wedding fairs and wedding twitter chats are both great ways to find bakers.

If in doubt follow my golden rules:

Shop on the high street
Don’t forget about eBay and Amazon
Join wedding forums and facebook groups for the chance to buy from other brides/newly-weds
up-scale cheaper products by customising them yourself.

For the Love of French Fancy


I don’t know many people that don’t enjoy a French Fancy.

Relaxed, tea party feel weddings are BIG right now. Think: Babys Breath, bunting, pastel colour theme, men in braces and skinny/bow ties, floral table cloths, table centrepieces in mis-matched cup and saucers, fairy light lit barns or marques and bands instead of DJs.

I can’t imagine a better way to tie this wedding style together than with a tiered French Fancy wedding cake!

Check out these beautiful examples

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French Fancy Wedding Cake

You can easily create this relaxed and elegant feel on a budget

1st) Buy a French Fancy Birthday cake from any supermarket.
2nd) Buy French Fancy cakes from any supermarket or wholesaler
3rd) Buy/rent/borrow a cake stand
4th) Arrange the cake and the cakes on the cake stand.
Delegate this task to the wedding co-ordinator or to a member of the weddingB party on the morning on the wedding

You could add extra decoration to the big and small French fancy cakes such as a sugar craft flowers and your own cake topper.

You could choose to have a cake maker create 1 French Fancy style cake for you in your chosen colour and then buy shop bought French Fancies for a reduced cost wedding cake that still have a professional, personalised touch.

9 days until I attend a Wedding!


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In 9 days time I am attending a wedding! The wedding is the H2Bs Aunts second wedding. The venue is a hotel near by which is very popular for weddings within the local area. My aunt got married at the hotel 12 year ago, although I don’t remember much about the venue except my parents complaining about how expensive the drinks at the bar were.

I’m very excited about attending as I am a sucker for a good wedding. As most girls do I’ve bought myself a new dress from Phase Eight. It can be hard to choose the right outfit, and everyone has a different style, but I follow a few simple rules to make choosing an outfit a lot easier:

  • Do not wear a white dress
  • Do not wear a black dress (unless the colour theme has black in it or unless you are attending the evening only)
  • If you know the colour the bridesmaids are wearing, do not wear the same colour (as block colour)
  • Ensure your outfit is not too revealing

Following my rules I found my Phase Eight dress. I do not know the colour theme of the wedding as the invites gave no indication, but as the dress is patterned I don’t have to worry. I will be teaming the dress with grey sandals and a grey/sparkly clutch.

 In 2010 I attended my first wedding as an adult where I wore a knee length red dress then last year I attended three weddings – what a great year that was! 😀 The first wedding was a church ceremony in May, the H2B and I strangely enough attended the ceremony only. The other two weddings were both in August, but as one was the H2Bs family and the other a school friend of mine I decided to wear the same dress to both of the weddings in August. For the May wedding I wore a knee length pattered cream, black and orange dress and for the two in August I wore a plain navy blue knee length dress. I teamed the navy dress with a cream shrug, pink shoes and a pink clutch.
wedding guest dressI got a lot of compliments on the above dress – even from the Vicar of all people! I may go safe when it comes to the dresses I choose for attending as a guest, but the dresses are always well received from other people and I’ve never had to worry about an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction being caught by the photographer.

After the wedding – in 9 days!!!! – I will post all about it. Watch this space for the wedding review.

Could you spot the Highstreet dress?


Can YOU tell which is which? Left: Debut at Debenhams £199 Ivory embellished Grecian wedding dress

Debenhams – £199

Back on one of my favourite topics – High street wedding dresses. Wedding gowns from high street retailers are getting better every year, so much so I bet you couldn’t tell they were from high street retailers at all.
The dress to the left from Debenhams is described as a “Grecian inspired gown that is crafted from satin with beautiful chiffon straps and waterfall detail to the centre front and back. It has a fitted, boned bodice with stone, bead and sequin floral embellishment to the waist and rear straps and an elegantly flared skirt.” and costs just £199

Many designer dresses give you a fuller skirt or longer train, but not every bride wants a full skirt or David’s Bridal Jewel Collection tulle over satin trumpet gown with south detailing and sweep train, left, £1,895long train, so why pay over £1,000 for a dress just because of the designer tag attached to it? The  dress to the right from David’s Bridal collection costs £1,895 and is described as being a “tulle over satin trumpet gown with south detailing and sweep train”, and I don’t think it is worth the price tag when compared to some of the high street dresses on the market.

Another high street store that is seriously impressing me with its Bridal Collection is Phase Eight. Phase Eight have been a favourite of mine when it comes to looking for occasion ware for a long time now, as I’ve bought two dresses to wear as a wedding guest and the first time I was engaged my mum bought her MOTB dress from Phase Eight.

Phase Eight aren’t going anywhere in my list of favourite formal ware high street shops any time soon as they have now wowed me with their new Bridal Collection for 2015.

Phase Eights ‘Hope’ is a dress many brides longing for the designer look would Phase Eight's Hope Twenties inspired wedding dress heavily embellished with shimmering beads and sequins, right, which, at £595, is less than half the pricefall in love with. A 20’s inspired gown with heavy embellishment using beads and sequins, featuring a sheer blouson top with a sweetheart lining and embellished waist detail. Styled with a delicate train with finger loop, keyhole back and concealed centre back zip at a steal £595.00 – still at least half the price of a designer version!

If you’re worried that perhaps the high street dress may not fit as well as you’d want you can always arrange for a dress maker to do alternations to pinch in more here, shorten the give on the straps etc to make it just right. Even with small alternations done the cost would still be less than the designer alternative.

I have struggled to find a high street gown with a train, and I think I would quite like a train. If you also would like a train but have fallen in love with a high street dress have two options here:
1) Buy a cathedral length veil to create the illusion of a train

2) Have a separate train piece created

A separate train can be attached at the waist or the shoulder (weaubleau train) depending on the style of your dress. A detachable/separate train attached at the waist could be sewn between the layers of the skirt, or over the top of the skirt. For brides with sewing experience there is help and advice online for how to create a train for your trainless wedding dress yourself, such as here and here.

If you are a bride on a budget there has never been a better time to get out on the highstreet for all your wedding needs, including your wedding dress.

The Budget Dress


For the budget bride, the dress can be a real worry. We still want the perfect dress but don’t want to have to pay through the roof or break our wedding budget for it.

One great way to pick up your perfect dress at a discount rate, is to go 2nd hand. Charity shops like Oxfam have shops designated for wedding dresses and other wedding day items such as veils and shoes that have been donated by brides who decide not to keep them.

Brides also sell their wedding dresses on wedding forums such as www.youandyourwedding.co.uk, and the dresses are regularly this seasons as they often sell only a couple of months after the wedding day.

There are a ton of dress makers on eBay, who also do very good wedding dresses that can be made to be very similar to that designer dress you’ve been lusting after but can’t afford. When looking at dress makers on eBay, be very careful and choose wisely. Make sure to check out their reviews fully before choosing which one to go for, as the reviews will tell you a lot about the quality of fabric used, the overall turnout of the dress and the speed of turn around from ordering to being delivered. Also, check out this Facebook page that warns you which eBay wedding dress sellers to steer clear of.

Bridal shops also have sales, selling off last seasons stock and end of lines. This isn’t the place to be looking for the best deals as such, but at least you’ll know the dress is yours and not been worn by any other bride on her wedding day. Many of the dresses may be ex-demo dresses, so will have been tried on by other bride-to-be’s so make sure you check the stitching on the dress to make sure it is till good. Any pulled stitching or hanging detailing and make sure the bridal shop fix it for you FOC.

Don’t forget the highstreet! There are loads of highstreet shops that sell wedding dresses too. Lovely styles at really good prices. Check out my previous posts for where to shop.

However you obtain your dress for your big day I also advise any bride to try on a range of styles before settling on which one to go for. The reason for this is because often you’ll think you know what you are looking for and what style of dress you’d like, but you never really know until you try them on, and you might be quite surprised at what looks amazing on you when you get in the shops and start having a play.