Changing SayIDoOnABudget to My Budget Life

The ‘About The Blog’ up until 6th June 2018 read as follows…

Hello fellow bloggers, readers and followers,

I started this blog when I first starting planning my own wedding when I first engaged. I started writing SayIDoOnABudget because I wasn’t very impressed with the wedding planning advice I was finding for those who have a smaller budget than average. A lot of advice out there felt very samey and didn’t seem like it was giving me real, tangible ideas and advice on how to do everything for less. Plus finding suppliers that charged less than normal was incredibly difficult!

To begin with IDoOnABudget was more for logging my ideas and for sharing my planning story with friends and family, but I started to get readers so thought I’d grow the blog to try and help others who are also planning on a smaller than average budget.

There are lots of different reasons why a couple have a small wedding budget. What ever has lead you to this humble blog; my aim is to ensure that this blog provides advice on how to plan your big day; with ideas and inspiration for everything from colour themes to decorations and real advice on how you can achieve your dream day for less.

I also aim to bring to you a range of suppliers who cater for those planning on a budget; both within blog posts and on the ‘Budget Suppliers’ page.

I really love to hear from you, so please do comment on posts or contact me via my links below. If you have any post or supplier suggestions please do get in touch. Also, if you’d like your own real life wedding to feature on the blog please drop me an email.

I have really enjoyed sharing my wedding planning with you as well as providing tips on how you can achieve your dream day for less.

I hope you find this blog useful to you, and please do share with me any comments you have as I love to hear from you.


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Please Note…

The content of my blog is a mix of both my thoughts and ideas, as well as tips and inspiration that I have found online. If I have featured your photos in my blog and you want them removed please contact me. I do try my best to link any content that isn’t mine to the original source.

The blog has since been changed to me writing all about my budget life and my millennial struggle to get on a the housing ladder

Budgeting for your Elopement


After completing the interview post on Carly over at Epic Elopement I was asked to create a post for her readers on how to create a wedding budget tailored to those who wish to elope.

It was a bit of a challenge creating the post, and took me some time, writing and then rewriting to try and get it right. I focus so often on the ‘conventional wedding’ structure that it took me a little while to focus on what makes an elopement an elopement.

Here is a sneaky little snippet…

[…] Working out your budget may seem like the most boring part of wedding planning, especially when you’ve just had all the excitement of getting engaged! The temptation is to start looking at venues, searching dresses and creating lots of Pinterest boards full of fabulous ideas. But if you don’t create your budget before starting any proper planning you could find yourself in a world of bother.

So how do you go about creating a budget?

When announcing your engagement you may find your parents say they want to pay for your dress or give you a sum of money towards the day, but this presents a problem when you don’t necessarily want to involve them in your elopement. Any promises of contributions from friends or relatives are always gratefully accepted, but you do need to find out how much they are planning to contribute and if they are still contributing when they are not invited! This conversation can be difficult for many, but if you don’t know you could over-estimate the figure and end up not having enough money to pay for things you’ve booked.

How much can you sensibly save every month? When is your ideal date to get married? 

My husband and I knew we didn’t want our engagement to be any longer than two years, and I knew straight away I wanted to get married in autumn. This put our “date” as autumn 2016. Between us, we resolved to save £500 a month which did mean we had to cut back on certain things, but it didn’t mean we couldn’t treat ourselves occasionally. Remember to take out months you’ll be unable to save from your calculations, such as […]

To read the rest of the post on the Epic Elopement Blog click here.

Twitter Chat hours

For a number of years I have been regularly joining Twitter chat hours; this is not a surprise to many of you as I have mentioned meeting a number of people during chat hours in previous posts.

There are a great many different chats that happen all day every day for all different topics, times and geographical areas. Depending on your interests will determine which chats you join in with, if any. 

The problem is I’m not great at remembering what chats are when, which is why two years ago I created this list. However since creating that list a few of the hours seem to have gone to the chat graveyard, only ever to be occasionally used as a hashtag in someones tweet. Two such chats that are now quieter than your local library are #bridehour and #weddingoclock which is a real shame as it leaves only one day of the week where there are Twitter chats dedicated to everything wedding. 

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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 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!

My Stats

It may be odd but I am quite impressed with my stats. The stats that impress me the most are my views from Czech Republic, Norway, Switzerland, Russian Federation, Iceland, South Africa, India, Brazil, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia. Just thought I’d share this with you all as it is something that upon looking at today I was really happy with.

I have just che…

I have just checked the status of my veil, and it says:
“Your item is being processed by customs in GREAT BRITAIN at 10:38 am on March 13, 2012.”

YAY!!! 😀 Shouldn’t be much longer now until I have it! I will fully update you all on the veil once I receive it.

Such a bargain too! I have linked the seller of my veil in my amazing sellers and suppliers post a few days ago.

What happens next?

What happens after booking the venue depends on how close to your date you have booked.

If you have booked 15-12 months before your wedding then you need to find and book a photographer, caterer (if applicable), florist, transportation (if applicable) and entertainment.

Irrelevant of when you book your venue in relation to your wedding date, the other thing you will need to do as soon as possible if you’re having a civil ceremony, is to book your registrar. Different registry offices have different rules on how long in advance you can book your registrar and give notice. Some will allow you to provisionally book your registrar 24-18 months before, however, others only allow you to book, provisionally or other a maximum of 12 months before. Once you get to the 12 months before or less stage you will be able to book your registrar and give notice of your marriage.

If you have booked your venue with longer to go than this, then really what you do next is up to you. You can start looking for your wedding dress and your BM’s dresses, and possible ways to decorate your venue.

When looking for photographers, you may feel that it is impossible to find a photographer at a low price. Money can be saved on all of the above areas! One of the biggest ways to save is if you are lucky enough to know talented and generous people who will either be your florist, entertainer, caterer, photographer etc for free/at a reduced price. If you are not lucky enough to know people who can do this for you, then you need to look around for a bargain. Student photographers, or photographers that have just qualified are cheaper than experienced photographers. Opting for seasonal flowers and hand tied bouquets will also reduce your expenditure.

Having your wedding at a later time, means that you may only have to feed your guests once, as opposed to twice, which will help in reducing catering costs, as well as, opting for cheaper menu options, not having canapes after the ceremony, choosing sparkling wine instead of champagne for the toast, not having a buffet in the evening, or having bacon sandwiches instead of a buffet in the evening.

As you plan you will find for yourselves the areas you feel you can save on and those that you really don’t want to. You may decide that you have never been that fussed on the idea of having a bouquet anyway and go give up having flowers at all, or only have a bouquet and button holes and no venue decoration flowers or vice versa.