I’m a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2019!! :D :D


#ukba19 finalist for two categories_ wedding and finance!

I have made it through to the final round of the UK Blog Awards 2019!! and in TWO categories! 

This means that I am one of the top 8 in both the wedding and the finance categories.

I will be going through to the final round of judging. For 2019 there are 27 categories. Each category has a blogger judge and an expert judge who will jointly decide using a scoring system on set criteria, who the winner and the highly commended will be for their category.

The blogger judge for the wedding category is Nicola of Hanami Dreams (the blogger judge and the person who came out as the winner for the wedding category at the #UKBA18 awards) and along with the expert judge will be reviewing all 8 finalist blogs in more depth across set criteria. Nicola and the expert judge will choose 1 blogger as the winner of the #UKBA19 in the wedding category and 1 blogger as highly commended.

I’m yet to find out who the blogger judge is for the finance category! The #UKBA19 organisers are keeping us in suspense. As soon as I find out I will update this post with the details of who the finance blogger judge is!

You can find the full list of all finalist for all 27 categories HERE.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my blog and to everyone who has supported me by following my blog and by engaging with my content. You all mean an awful lot to me and I am so happy that every single one of you exists. As a small, internet based way of thanking you I give you this GIF! 

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Shortlisted in the Individual Wedding Blogger Category – UK Blog Awards 2019!


I'm in the shortlist for the Individual Wedding Blogger Category of the UK Blog Awards 2019

Today the public vote has gone live for the UK Blog Awards 2019, and much to my joy, I am one of the nominees up for the Individual Wedding Blog category!

The public vote will close on 21st December and the shortlisted finalists will be announced on 4th January 2019.

The UK Blog Awards is in their 6th year and was created to recognise and celebrate individual and business bloggers across various content categories.

Each person can vote for 1 blog in each category and as there are 27 categories, if you choose to vote for one blog per category you can make a total of 27 votes.

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I started ‘Say “I do” on a budget’ 7 years ago, when I thought it might be nice to document my small budget wedding planning. Over the last 7 years I’ve made a number of changes to the blog, as it has grown and as I’ve developed my blogging knowledge and skills. I get such a buzz out of helping people see they can have their perfect wedding day within any budget. I have had the pleasure of featuring some wonderful, creative and inspiring real frugal weddings, as well as featuring fabulous wedding suppliers who work with couples on a budget.

Why vote for me?

  • The Supplier Spotlight posts I publish help couples find suppliers who will work to their budget which can be really tricky in a market that is flooded with suppliers like the wedding biz is
  • I feature real weddings to help provide real life inspiration to those still in the planning stage on how they can create their ideal wedding day within their budget. The real weddings featured are all people who have got married within 10 years of the feature being published and who have spent a total of 10k or less on their wedding.
  • ‘Say “I do” on a budget is my much loved hobby, everything I do is for you, my readers. I’ve not monetised this blog in any way, the only thing I pay for is my domain name; I’ve occasionally considered looking into spending more money on making this blog more professional, but have decided against it, because, I am living life on a budget, and want to stay true to my message of frugality.
  • Because, you love my blog and will be really happy for me to receive recognition for the content I’m creating?

To vote for me, click any of the links in this post or click the image below, then click the red heart.

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#BrideHour – A Twitter Chat Hour


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A few years ago when I first started participating in Twitter chat hours, #Bridehour was a very popular and busy chat, filled with tweets from wedding vendors and engaged couples alike. It was one of my favourite twitter chat hours, but sadly the chat died away. I’m not sure why, I can only presume because the person who hosted the chats stopped using twitter, which meant without a host the chat slowly got less and less popular.

Often it is the case that chat hours need someone who hosts the hours and tweets about the chat throughout the week to keep people interested in joining in and to serve as a reminder. If there is no one hosting and promoting the chat it is unlikely to keep going.

Well, a few weeks ago Bridal Bay decided to get the #BrideHour chat going again, and as soon as I found out they were trying to re-start #BrideHour I decided to join in with helping to promote the hour.

It will still be on the same day and at the same time it has always been; Every Thursday from 8pm to 9pm (UK time). #BrideHour long (1)

But don’t forget that there is also #weddingdaychat

Every Sunday 8pm-9pm too. 

Sunshine Blogger Award


Nominated for the sunshine blogger award

5 days ago I found out that I’d been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award which is an award given to bloggers by bloggers. I feel very honoured and incredibly happy to have been nominated for this award. I work hard to build relationships and connections within the blogging world and outside of it. I’ve made some absolutely fabulous connections in my time writing SayIDoOnABudget, and some of the best connections I’ve made have been with other bloggers.

Aylssa is a hairstylist, MUA and an event planner as well as writing her own wedding blog from her base in Columbia, MO. She is one of the busiest people I think I’ve ever met yet she always seems to find time to help others in the blogging community.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive and inspiring.

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Round-Up: Advice from the Professionals


Advice From the Professionals

I thought it was about time I did a round-up of some of the best Hints Tips and Advice from Professionals that have been featured on the blog. One of the aims of Say I Do On A Budget is to provide real advice that will actually help you plan your wedding with ease irrelevant of how big or small your budget might be.

Occasionally the help and advice that is presented with the blog posts isn’t simply from humble little me, but is actually from industry professionals who really know what they’re talking about. Some of the best advice that has been featured on the blog over the past couple years is highlighted below. If you like the sound of the snippets below then pop over to their sites or click the link to the full post to read more.

Wedding Stationary: Advice from the Professionals

Say I Do On A Budget has featured a lot of wedding stationary professionals who have kindly provided advice and tips to help you.

In September 2015 Suzanne from ‘Paper Tree Design‘ along with Rosie from ‘Little Vixen Designs‘ provided their pearls of wisdom on how to save money on your invitations in a post entitled Invites For Less.
Their professional industry experience meant they were able to provide advice such as:
“Using someone local can cave you money on postage if you decide to collect your order” – from Suzanne: Paper Tree Design
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“Check the size, weight and thickness of your invitations if you’re posting them. Postage can shoot right up even if you’re slightly over the limit.”
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Post Wedding Change


Post Wedding Hair Change

Over the past 10 years I’ve had blonde highlights streaked through my hair, a thick slab of red, I’ve had some of my hair dyed blue. I’ve gone pretty close to black and had my hair dip dyed in 2012. Ignoring the colour though I’ve pretty much had the same hair style for over 10 years. Sometimes I had it all one length, and other times I’ve had layers cut in, but for the past 10 years my hair has been around a certain length – somewhere between middle of the shoulder blade and bra strap.


Up until recently if anyone asked I always said I was growing it. I wanted to see how long I could grow it. The truth is, I couldn’t grow it anywhere near as long as I’d like. I imagined my hair being like Taylor Swift’s hair in 2010; but the longer it got the more of an annoyance it became. Like many brides I wanted to keep it long for the wedding, so there was no way I was contemplating having the chop until after my wedding at least.

The longer my hair got the more I found myself just putting it up in a messy bun, rather than having it down because when it was down it had a tendency to fall in front of my face, in a cousin-it fashion any time I tilted my head even slightly downwards.

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Pink Wedding Venues


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As you all know from my post on 30th September, I have the honour of providing guest blog contributions to the awesome Pink Wedding Venues who supply the LGBT community with dependable wedding planning help and advice. Here is an exert from my most recent contribution… 

Our “Guest Blogger” – Hazel from “IDOONABUDGET” has, very kindly, shared some ideas on what to do regarding your surnames once you’ve “tied the knot” – who’s name do you choose? Do you keep your own surname? Take that of your partner? Have a read below for some great ideas – we LOVE the idea of “Meshing” – sounds like fun trying to make up a name!

Have you thought about what you and your partner are going to do with your surnames upon getting married? 

Among the numerous traditions surrounding marriage one of the big ones is the bride renouncing her last name and taking her husbands. But how does this translate to same-sex weddings? Especially as increasing numbers of heterosexual women are choosing not to take their husbands name and more heterosexual men are opting to take their wives name or double barrel with her. 

What should you do with your last name when you get married?

Even though it may be customary for same sex couples to keep their own surnames, there are many other options available that may be perfect for you. The truth is the same options are available to same sex couples as to heterosexual couples when getting married. Whether you decide to keep your own names, both change or have just one of you change your name, there is no right or wrong, just what is right for you….

To read more click here.

Favourites From The Archives


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IDoOnABudget has been running for 4 years now, although I feel the blog only really started to come into its own in February 2015.

The realisation of how long I have been writing IDoOnABudget has made me think about all the support I have received from all you readers and followers. This blog would be a mere diary if it wasn’t for all of you, so thank you, and I hope you continue to enjoy reading the posts. I have been lucky to meet some amazing wedding industry professionals this year, some of whom have contributed to the blog with their pearls of wisdom & others whose products I loved so much I couldn’t help but share them with you.

For all these reasons and more I’ve shared below some of my favourite posts from across these past 4 years.

December 2011
First Things First

My first ever blog post! This post goes over how you can determine what your wedding budget is when you are first engaged and how you should go about your initial planning if you are on a tight budget. This post really shows not only far the blog has come but also how much I’ve improved as a blogger. 

March 2012
Fantastically Priced Suppliers 

This post was me sharing some wedding suppliers I have used when I was planning a wedding that I thought were not only very budget friendly but also gave superb customer service.

March 2012
CRAFTY WEEKEND


In 2012 my sister and I made 5 button holes, 2 wrist corsages and 1 bouquet using woollen pom poms. This is the biggest wedding DIY I’ve ever undertaken (to date) and couldn’t be more proud of what we achieved.

 

April 2012
DIY Bunting Making

A step-by-step guide to how my sister and I created a lot of bunting from scratch. From creating the triangle template to sewing each triangle onto the line to create the bunting. We even layered lace fabric over normal fabric to create the desired effect. I will be having another go at making bunting in 2016 I hope.

February 2015
Proposal!

The story of how my H2B proposed to me

June 2015
Hen Do Planning

 

The Oxford Hen Party I planned for my colleague andwpid-imag0978.jpg friend. This post tells you all about the items I ordered to make her Hen Do awesome and where I ordered everything from. The first Hen Party I had planned – I really learnt how difficult planning a hen do can be.
I loved planning the Hen Party and really enjoyed sharing the planning with all of you.

 

July 2015
Hen & Stag Party Ideas

Here are my favourite ideas for Hen & Stag party activities. I wonder if any of these appeal to you?

September 2015
Invites for Less

This is one of my favourite blog posts because I teamed up with Rosie at Little Vixen Designs and Suzanne at Paper Tree Design to provide you with loads of hints and tips on how you can have bespoke professionally made wedding stationary while keeping within whatever budget you have set.

Can’t see your favourite post anymore? Or looking for a post on something and can’t find it? You can search key words in my posts by using the search at the top right of the page.
SearchBarBlogEnter your chosen search words (E.G. dress, alternative, autumn, white etc) and any posts that refer to the keyword will be shown.

I’d love to know which posts are your favourite, so let me know by commenting, tweeting me or posting onto the Facebook page.

Dreaming of Wedding Nightmare


For the past couple of months I’ve been having the same dream at least once a week.

The dreams play out slightly differently but the same things always happen.

I dream it is my wedding day and I’ve woken up late so have very little time to get ready. Last night I dreamt I didn’t wake up on my wedding day until 11AM! I then realise that there is no wedding cake as I never ordered it. The registrar never got booked in properly so the hotel wedding Coordinator has to marry us with vows printed off the internet. Sometimes the Groomsmen don’t have the suits they should do, or my dress doesn’t fit me. I try not to panic or to worry that things aren’t going to plan or that big wedding items have been completely forgotten.

One of my BMs runs out in one of the dreams to try and get some decorations as we have no table centrepieces and in another dream we can no longer use the venue we had booked and have to beg another venue to let us use them and then relocate the whole wedding somewhere else only a few hours before I’m meant to say “I Do”.

You may be thinking “don’t worry these dreams are normal, all Bride-to-be’s have dream like this” – but I’m still over 11 months away!! It’s not like I wake up screaming, crying or in a cold sweat but it does make me constantly think I need to create a wedding planning checklist. Not just pull one off the internet, but create one that is personal the wedding the H2B and I are planning.

If I’m having these dreams now, what will I be dreaming about in 6/9/10 months time?

I’ve just got to hope that as more gets organised and booked that the bad dreams of the wedding falling apart or nothing going to plan will stop.

Have you had these dreams? When did they start?

Find me Guest Blogging For…


You can now find me guest blogging for Pink Wedding Venues with brand new posts not seen on IDoOnABudget. I am really proud to be working with pinkweddingvenues.co.uk who help same-sex couples find the perfect wedding or civil partnership venue.

The mission of Pink Wedding Venues is to ensure pinkvenuethat all LGBT couples have the most positive and comprehensive resource
for choosing their wedding venue or civil partnership venue by featuring every UK venue who welcomes the LGBT community.

As a strong believer in marriage and as an LGBT ally I couldn’t be happier to be guest blogging for pinkweddingvenues.co.uk.

My first blog contribution was published on 16th September with my next post due to be published within the next couple of weeks.

[…] It is a very exciting time for the LGBT community right now. Same sex marriage became legal in England and Wales in March 2014 (same-sex marriage in Scotland took effect from December 2014) then we all celebrated as the US passed their same-sex marriage equality law in June 2015. Why am I telling you what you already know?

The reason I find all this very exciting is because it means the decisions you make now could be traditions that are followed by future couples. The wedding traditions same-sex couples follow were set out for them 100’s of years ago, such as the Bride being walked down the aisle by her father. You may decide to walk down the aisle together, or to walk down the aisle one after the other, or to throw the isle out of the equation all together. Imagine the choice you make now is written in LGBT wedding planning books in a couple hundred years. What could be more thrilling than that?With this in mind, there are a lot of decisions for the same-sex couple to make when planning their wedding day which the heterosexual couple may not have to make. Which traditions, if any, do you follow, and which do you do differently? For me, the ceremony IS the wedding, the rest is just the “fluff”; enjoyable, beautiful fluff! Because the ceremony is when you become married, and therefore the most important part of the whole day, I am completely obsessed with ways to create a more memorable and personal ceremony. The ultimate way to do this (IMO) is with a Time Capsule […]

To read the rest of my first blog contribution for Pink Wedding Venues click here.

Find me Guest Blogging for…


I am really pleased to say that I have partnered up with Affordable Wedding Show – the only national wedding show that recognises the need of UK couples to achieve a fairy tale wedding at an affordable price – An ethos dear to my heart.

You can now find me guest blogging for affordableweddingshow.co.uk with brand new blog posts not seen on idoonabudget once every month.

My first blog contribution was published on September 8th, with a new blog due to be published within the next couple of months.

To see my first blog contribution for Affordable Wedding Show click here.

Tickets to the show in March 2016 are just £7.50 when booking in advance!

Liebster Award – I got nominated :D


Yesterday I found out through Twitter that I received a nomination for the Liebster award by the blog MeTheQuitter.

I’d never heard of this award until I was nominated. Being nominated for the award is very exciting as it is a sign that my blog is reaching people and that hopefully I am helping and/or providing inspiration to engaged couples and people within the wedding industry. When I started this blog my posts detailed my journey of trying to plan a wedding on what I thought to be a small budget, however as I have gained readers and followers I developed the content of my posts to provide How To’s, advice and inspiration on creating a wonderful wedding celebration on a limited budget.

The Liebster award is awarded to bloggers (preferably blogs who have fewer than 200 followers) by other bloggers to help the blogging community discover new blogs.

Part of the Liebster award protocol is to answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator, to then nominate fellow bloggers for the award and give them 11 questions you would like them to answer so we can all get to know each other better and create a wonderful blogging community. So here goes!

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Marriage (life)


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Sometimes we can get carried away with the romance and the wedding planning, but it is important as the big day looms to make sure you are 100% sure this person is your forever person.

I know this all too painfully as when I got engaged at 19 I couldn’t have been happier. But at 22 and five months away from the wedding, I realised I had got swept away with the planning and the excitement of wedding planning was all that was keeping me with him. I made the difficult decision at that point to end it all. I’m so glad I came to the realisation I had fallen out of love before saying “I do’.

Now I’m 25 and couldn’t be more sure my fiancée is my forever man, but I still recommend to take time out to evaluate before your wedding day that you’re doing this for all the right reasons. All too often couples spend so much energy planning their wedding day they don’t realise that between getting engaged and getting married things have changed, then once they’re married and the reality of married life kicks in and all the wedding excitement has ebbed away, that they are no longer in love with their now spouse and divorce happens a year or two after marriage.

I hope none of your experience this and if any of you have as I did before getting married then I am truly sorry; but hold on to the knowledge that like me, you will find someone else who couldn’t be better for you.

NWR – Mother – Daughter


This has been re-blogged from lynetteradio.

Letter from a Mother to a Daughter:

“My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep. When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl? When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you. And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter.”

NWR – Freaky Finger


Freak Like Me

I have a freaky finger. I have thought for a long time that I have a freaky finger. The finger in question is my middle finger on my right hand.

You see it bends to the right at the top.

I’ll show you my left hand first. I have drawn a straight line on the picture in both pictures so you can see the difference more clearly.

And here comes the freaky right hand with the offending middle finger.

Anyone else have any freaky fingers?

Blog Suggestion


I love this blogger! I can not get enough of her, and wanted to share this post of hers with any of my non existent readers.

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Early in the wedding planning business I joined a wedding forum because I was directed there by a friend and wanted some impartial advice on wedding-related things I didn’t understand, like why most women spend £1k on a dress, get married in a church despite being atheist or pay somebody to do their make up for them. And general stuff like how a wedding “normally” went.

However, as I’ve explored a bit more, I’ve discovered that there is an awful lot of totally crap advice out there on websites. They are usually generic wedding websites, written by people who have a very narrow perspective and have failed to take into account the wider audience who might come across their ramblings. Reading these sites tends to make you feel like you forgot some wedding must-have, you’re not doing things the “right” way and need to change to be more “normal” or…

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