How to plan a small wedding

Very exciting news, we’ve only gone and officially booked our wedding! I couldn’t be more excited and there’s only six months to go- OMG!!!


We got engaged three years ago and I started looking at all the big wedding venues around where we live and planning to save for two years to be able to afford it (crazy I know). I started building my Pintrest board and picking themes, colours and trying on dresses. I was in full bride mode and even found a dress I loved and decided to order it.

Then a few weeks later (five months after getting engaged) we found out we were expecting a baby and the wedding was put on hold. Now our baby has just turned two and next year we’ve been together for ten years so have decided to book our wedding for our ten year anniversary.

Since having a baby our priorities have changed as well as our budget and we’ve now decided to have a small wedding with just close friends and family and then an evening do with all of our friends. It’s been so liberating to scale the day back and find venues that are not necessarily ‘wedding’ venues and make it more personal to us.

So if you’re engaged and thinking of having a small wedding here are some ways you can save money:

  • Look for venues that are low key, local restaurants, pubs with function rooms, clubs.
  • Only invite those people who really matter to the ceremony and wedding breakfast
  • Design the invitations yourself
  • Create decorations yourself – there are so many ideas on Pintrest
  • Shop around for your wedding dress, if I hadn’t of ordered mine before I would have ordered an ASOS one or even a beautiful high street gown, Miss Selfridge have some great choices too.
  • Get your bridesmaids dresses from the high street, I’m planning on scoping out the ones I like around Christmas time as the stores bring out lots of lovely party dresses and then get them in the sales!

These are just a few things that are really helping to keep our budget low and add some personal touches to our day.

I love a great source of inspiration so here are my favourite wedding blogs for ideas:

Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Rock My Wedding

Style Me Pretty

Happy wedding planning!





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