Weddings on a Budget

Budget weddings! We all want to know how to do it well, but on a shoestring. I’ve been neglecting the site it seems. That’s the problem with hobbies – your day job takes you away from other stuff you’d rather be doing. Like writing blog posts for 40+ brides! So to make amends I thought I’d take a look at how to create your great wedding theme on a budget.

Searching for budget info

Just google ‘weddings on a budget’ and you’ll find lots of hits on the first page (which is usually all anyone looks at). So I’ve been delving deeper into the later pages to see what hidden gems there are. Here’s some of the best sites I found:

1. Wedding Ideas Magazine

Lots of blog posts on a wide variety of ideas for DIY and tips on how to save money but still have a great wedding. And that includes the dress!

weddings on a budget

2.  The Broke Bride

Nothing fancy here – just good old fashioned no nonsense tips and advice. Good if you are planning a very short notice wedding.

3.  The Simple Dollar

For a frugal (not cheap) wedding – love this one especially #2, “Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts”. Brilliant!

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4.  Video Jug

Nice video highlighting some essential things to consider when planning your budget.

5.  Local Council Advice from Oxfordshire (yes, really)

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I completely agree with the point about invitations. If I had to do it again (much as I loved my design for our invitations), I’d go with purchasing some nice cards from a stationer and paying a professional calligrapher to do it. I’ve put some examples on Pinterest for you.

I got this done for a friend recently (table place cards) and they looked amazing, as well as costing surprisingly much less than I would expect for this service.

I’ve seen some that look kinda messy, but if  you can find someone who does copper script writing, now that’s something special and a real talent.

6.  Weddings in Italy

This was an interesting find. How about combining your wedding with your honeymoon? Different priced packages available and seems like a great idea for a small wedding.

budget weddings in italy

Hope these links are useful, and I’ll try to be more proactive in future. I think it’s time to look at winter weddings next… Watch this space.


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Bridal Wedding Shoes

We all love our shoes and bags, and if you’re having a small wedding you might be thinking about splashing out on a treat for yourself.  After all – it IS your special day…

Bridal Wedding Shoes

Here’s a wee treat for all you B2Bs looking to indulge for the upcoming nuptuals. Of course, there’s no rule to say the shoes have to be ivory or white – remember Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding shoes in blue?

We’re much more contemporary today and a contrasting colour is absolutely gorgeous with a short dress or suit.

Manolo Blahnik

Snakeskin BB Pumps

Manolo BB Pumps
The famous BB pumps in pink snakeskin


These would look lovely with a suit, or short dress.

But here’s my favourite – Carrie’s wedding shoes of course.

Blue Hingisi Pumps
Blue Hingisi Pumps

Wearing a champagne or gold-toned dress? The contrast of a bold colour is beautiful.


How about Carrie’s wedding shoes in one of several colours? They also come in different heel sizes including flats.

Gold Hangisi Pump
Gold Hangisi Pump



But if Manolos are a bit over the budget, Dune have just taken out their version of these iconic shoes for a fraction of the price.




My absolute favourites have got to be these crystal embellished shoes.  Absolutely gorgeous in navy and black.

Navy embellished pumps by Manolo
Nadira Jewelled Pumps












And for a more traditional ivory wedding shoe – how about these peep-toes and embellished shoes for elegance?

Bridal shoe
Bridal shoe
Swan Bridal Shoes
Swan Bridal Shoes

For a summer wedding, a pair of T-strap sandals is always lovely.

Manolo sandals
T-Strap Sandals


Manolo Wedding Sandal
Manolo Wedding Sandal




Jimmy Choo

This bridal collection is fantastic and with a great range of heel sizes too.

Jimmy Choo Agnes shoes
Agnes – White Lace Pointy Toe Pumps
Jimmy Choo Match Shoes
Match – White Lace Almond Toe Pumps
Jimmy Choo Isabel shoes
Isabel – Ivory Silk Satin Pumps
Jimmy Choo Louise
Louise – Ivory Satin Strappy Sandals
Jimmy Choo Kamba shoes
Kamba – Nude Suede Peep toe Sandals
Jimmy Choo Evelyn shoes
Evelyn – Ivory Silk Satin Peep Toe Shoes

Emmy Shoes

Emmy Scarterfield is the talented designer behind leading London accessory label ‘Emmy London‘.

Amelie bridal shoes
Amelia – Bridal Shoes
Francessca - Bridal Shoes
Francessca – Bridal Shoes
Elizabeth - Bridal Shoes
Elizabeth – Bridal Shoes
Ivy - Bridal Silver Shoes
Ivy – Bridal Silver Shoes










































If you’re still looking for your wedding dress, you might want to have a look at the last article, Wedding Dress or Wedding Outfit for some ideas.

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Wedding Dress or Wedding Outfit

 ‘The Outfit’ vs ‘The Wedding Dress’

For any mature brides-to-be who are looking for an outfit rather than a wedding dress, some Mother of the Bride outfits can look great as an alternative. Or if its a bolero or wrap you’re after, take a look at the gorgeous ones by UK firm, Wrapor. There are some examples below, and if you are a plus-size beauty then take a look at the dresses by Alfred Angelo Bridal.

Designer Outfits

dress by Jill Harvey
Dress by Jill Harvey
coat by Jill Harvey
3/4 Sleeve Coat by Jill Harvey
dress by Jill Harvey
Dress by Jill Harvey
dress by Jill Harvey
Dress by Jill Harvey
dress by Jill Harvey
Dress by Jill Harvey
dress by Jill Harvey
Dress by Jill Harvey


You can sneak a peek at the 2015 preview by Mary’s of Enfield.


But I thought I’d show you a beautiful collection by Jill Harvey… perfectly elegant and great for a mature bride.























































Mid-range Bridal Dresses

For those of us with gorgeous curves, it’s time to take a look at some wedding dress collections. Although I’m not a fan of the term ‘plus-size’ I guess it’s what everyone actually puts in a search bar, so I’ve relented. No sense in not being able to find what you want after all…

Plus-size Alfred Angelo wedding dress
Style 2180J with bolero

So here’s a selection of designer, mid-range bridal and budget outfits suitable for the more mature bride.

The first collection I discovered is by Alfred Angelo Bridal and the dresses are available in sizes 8-22.


Great if you’re looking for a traditional wedding dress. This one shown is available in sizes 6-30.

Next up is a floaty Grecian style number from It comes in 3 different shades and is made to order, so no matter what size you need – you can have this dress. plus-size dress
Style PS122

I think I’m probably right in saying that most of us who are 40+ brides would rather cover up their upper arms. No matter how successful the weight loss, it just never seems to make a difference to the wobbly bingo wings, does it?


Not a problem, that’s what jackets, boleros and wraps are for. Here’s just a few I’ve found recently.


UK company Wrapor have a fantastic range of bridal boleros and wraps. Here’s a taster selection from the current bridal collection.

Bridal organza shrug
Wrapor Organza Overlay Shrug available in 10 colours and sizes 6-30











Pink bridal shrug
Wrapor Pink Silk Dupion Shrug, choice of style and fabric and sizes 6-30
Wrapor Satin Bridal Bolero
Wrapor Satin Bridal Bolero available in 10 colours and sizes 6-28



Right, well hopefully that should keep you going with boleros and wraps and I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Wrapor site.

Now for some shorter length dresses (and jackets) that are currently amongst my favourites.

This next one from Chesca I’m especially fond of, and you can also get this label at John Lewis.

Chesca Ivory Lace with Ribbon Trim Detail
Chesca Ivory Lace with Ribbon Trim Detail, available in sizes 12-24
Chesca Bridal Bolero
Chesca Bridal Bolero, available in sizes 12-24
Chesca flapper bolero
Chesca Flapper Bolero available in sizes 12-24 from John Lewis


























Budget Dresses

This next one is from where you’ll find links to more. The dresses are available in satin, taffeta and chiffon.

Short wedding dress
Short Style Wedding Dress also have a few really nice short dresses – here’s one in a tea-length with empire waist.

Tea-lengh wedding dress
Tea-length Empire Style Wedding Dress




















This one from AyaBridal on the Etsy site is actually a bridesmaid dress, but would look nice teamed with a jacket or bolero for a mature bride looking for a shorter length and a more informal look.

Have you got your shoes?  Take a look at our latest article on the most gorgeous bridal footwear around. (PS link to come as still writing the article :))

Sweetheart champagne dress
Sweetheart Champagne Dress




For some ideas on wedding shoes, take a look at the article, Bridal Wedding Shoes for some gorgeous wedding styles from Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Emmy London.

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