So here is part 2 of the story of our wedding on a budget. (If you've missed part 1, click here)
We wanted something simple, yet stylish and above all, special! We chose the Chelsea Old Town Hall on the Kings Road in London to get married, as the Kings Road holds memories for both of us and we liked the idea of marrying in such an iconic building. When we booked the wedding day, one of the options was the 31st of October... that's Halloween! I wasn't sure at first, but then my quirky side took over and with hubby's encouragement, I agreed! It certainly makes for an anniversary that is easy to remember! So we got married on Halloween 2015. It even rhymes!
We couldn't have chosen a better place, the staff there were absolutely fantastic and made the day so memorable and special. I can highly recommend it!
Anyway, the wedding preparations were fun and not at all stressful. Well, maybe just a bit stressful but nothing that I couldn't handle! Getting the dress was easy in the end, although I did buy a couple of dresses on ebay that were unsuitable in the end, but as they were such bargains, not much was lost.
I bought a very flouncy chiffon designer dress for less than £10 which was absolutely beautiful, but it made me look like I was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing rather than a stylish bride. So then I found the perfect dress from Fenn Wright Mansons on ebay. For £40 I got a lovely shift dress made of white lace over very pale purple material which fitted perfectly. And it was brand new with tags.
The flowers were another ebay bargain. I had looked at all sorts of flowers everywhere, from fresh arrangements (which cost a small fortune) to artificial handmade blooms on Etsy (which also cost a small fortune). I never thought about looking on ebay, but then I did and as luck would have it, I found the exact thing I was looking for: a large bridal bouquet, two smaller bridesmaid's bouquets and 3 buttonholes. They were beautifully made for another vintage wedding and the bride had now put them on ebay for somebody else to enjoy. They were absolutely perfect! I also bought a little faux fur shrug from John Lewis on Ebay which was another £10, and accessorised it with a birdcage vale (also from ebay) and a white satin bow (you guessed... ebay of course). The most expensive part about my outfit (apart from the dress) were the shoes, but even so, they were another bargain. I got them online (no, not from ebay) from Clarks, on sale, and they were £30.
I did order two pairs (both on sale, so it was only fair to buy both) and opted for the white slingbacks because of the colour and because they had that 50s vintage feel that I so like.
As for jewellery, well I'm so lucky I own a jewellery shop! I was spoilt for choice, but I did want to keep it simple, so I chose simple pearl stud earrings and a pearl bracelet.
If you click on the photos it will take you to the page where you can take a closer look (and buy them).
So then I looked at photographers....my God, I'm in the wrong job! I couldn't believe their prices, so we made do with our phones and my good old SLR camera.... the photos came out great and it was so much fun. I also think that having to pose for photos with a photographer takes a lot of time and wouldn't have been very relaxing which is what we really wanted on our wedding day: a relaxed, fun time. Of course, wedding photos are important and if you want those memories to look as best as they can, then by all means book your photographer, there are some amazing ones around that will make your special day last forever in print.
The ceremony went amazingly well, quite emotional and happy at the same time, as it should be.
Afterwards, we went to our favourite restaurant, Quaglinos in Mayfair, and of course we went for a special menu which at the time offered 3 courses and a glass of bubbly for £25. Amazing value. We thoroughly enjoyed it and the staff were fantastic.
We stayed overnight in London and chose the Cavendish Hotel which we had booked in advance as they had a special offer and because it's a short walk from Quaglino's. We got upgraded to a better room and were on the 12th floor, which gave us a stunning view over London... perfect! The staff had even decorated the room for us, so sweet of them!
We had an absolutely perfect day that we will remember forever. And who says you can't have the perfect wedding on a budget?
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