The Cost Of Being A Bride

The Cost Of Being A Bride

Someone needs to stop me spending. And they probably need to do it quite soon. Because I've got in touch with my inner bride and she wants everything she sees for her wedding day. EVERYTHING. She's out of control - a Kardashian on amphetamines, a hipster at a car boot sale.

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Particularly when it comes to Etsy. Damn that site, with its whimsy descriptions and lovely pictures and clever crafty folk pedalling their one-of-a-kind wares.

So far, I've picked up my veil (a frothy bubble number from Petal and Thorn - pictured), my garter (I always imagined my something blue would be lacy so Wedding For You's design is perfect) and lose hours of my life on it searching for flower girl headbands.

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But, my serious recent wedding purchases are 1) Our caterer and 2) Bridesmaids dresses.

1) We wanted to have a hogroast as it fits in with our countryside, floral, vintage, airy-fairy wedding and were devastated when the first company we approached said they were too busy. But then, they not only told us about our now-booked caterer Paul Hill from Porky's Hog Roasts, they introduced us via email and explained to him what we were looking for. Nice, no? We met with Paul to have a chat about what we are looking for and what our budget is. After half an hour, we had a rough version of our menu (whole hog roast, turkey roast and vegetable paella with various types of salads, breads and sauces followed by a barbeque at night - yum) and a price for the whole thing (under £2K).

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2) The bridesmaids dresses are dark teal and from Asos. I looked at designs from retailers that specialise in occasion wear but our tiny budget meant I had to get creative and I think the ones I've bought are still really pretty and wedding-appropriate. They are 1950s-inspired with a full skirt and I'll add a sash of McCorquodale tartan to the waist to make them more personal. Rather than sally my four best friends with empire lines and muddy colours, I want them to look glamorous and siren-like. Plus, one of them said pre-dress buying that it had to be something she could pull in and, well, I'm an understanding friend.

So, my bank account may be falling apart, but my wedding is coming together. And that's a very satisfying feeling indeed.

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