This week I have been talking with Lucy from Muffin Top Mummy about her amazing wedding on a budget.
First of all, congratulations on your marriage! When was the big day?
Thank you – I got married on 12th September 2015.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your partner. When and where did you first meet?
I met Luke when we both worked in Next… me in the bathroom department (yes, really) and him in the stockroom.
We pretty much didn’t notice one another until one day, he held a door open for me and I suddenly blurted out, “you were in my dream last night”. I promptly ran away completely embarrassed, but luckily he found it sweet rather than weird and we went on a date not long after.
How did they propose? Or was it you who popped the question?
I sort of got impatient waiting for him to propose, so 4 years into dating, I booked a wedding venue for 10 months later. I know it sounds a bit mental, but we had a quick conversation the night before about the fact we’d like to get married at some point, and I just got over-excited.
He then had to find a way to surprise me so we could actually get engaged ahead of the day… and for some reason, he came up with the idea of meeting me at my then work building – outside Victoria station in London.
So down he got on one knee, people bustling past and a homeless man peeing directly behind him. So romantic. Even better, he hadn’t realised the ring box shouldn’t be gift wrapped, so I literally got handed a box before I pulled him up off the grubby floor (and said yes, obviously).
Tell me a bit about your big day. Where did you tie the knot? Did you have a theme or a colour scheme?
We decided to get married on a budget because neither of us like spending too much money and we’d rather save for a house (and baby!). So we had the ceremony at the stunning Town Hall registry office in Brighton, followed by a reception in the function room of a local pub (which is not as rubbish as it sounds).
I wasn’t too fussed with themes or colours and let my husband and mother-in-law decorate the function room on the day. I wore a wedding dress – which was exactly the style I wanted – that I ordered online from BHS wedding collection on Black Friday for £42.
What was your favourite memory from your day?
My favourite memory is deciding (after a few too many proseccos) that I was bored with everyone sitting around and so turned out the lights in the room to make everyone dance. My dress kept annoying me whilst I was doing my thing, so I tried to tie it up into a mini-dress with a hair tie – until someone mentioned it looked like I had a nappy on.
Massive bride fail.
At one point, I’m pretty sure I got a chair out and started performing a routine to Moulin Rouge – but that’s a memory for another day. It was just so much like a party, I loved it.
Because I didn’t have much of a plan, everything went pretty smoothly. If I could do it again, I’d try to enjoy the ceremony a bit more – I was just praying it would be over quickly as I hated everyone staring at me!
Do you have any advice for future brides to be?
I know some of the finer detail can really get some brides-to-be stressed, but I’d recommend not getting too hooked on the idea of ‘perfect’ as you never know what may happen on the day (weather, drunk relatives etc).
I’d also like to let people know that they can have a beautiful wedding on a budget if they work out what’s important to them and be spend savvy.
Thanks so much for chatting to me Lucy. I love that you can have the wedding you want, no matter what budget you are working with!
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