Ah Weddings! A wonderful thing, committing to spend the rest of your life with one person. A day to share your love with your family and friends, or perhaps not. There are loads of different ways to get married and not all of them need to cost you the earth. We’ve pulled together three different weddings shared by three very different couples that will hopefully inspire you when choosing your special day.
The Slight Hitch
Chris lived in Kabul, Afghanistan for 8 months of the year. Whilst Nancy was based in the south of England. The pair knew that they would need to plan their wedding around his breaks from Afghanistan. Except Chris had a pretty epic idea for his stag do. He wanted to ride home to the UK from Kabul on his motorbike. The only issue was the trip was going to be unpredictable when it came to timing. So the two decided not to tell anyone else what they were up to and to head to Gretna Green where they could be more flexible with dates. Chris made the 4000 mile journey on his motorbike for the charity Mission Motorsport. He was delayed by 2 weeks at the Caspian Sea and arrived in Dover 24 hours before they were due to get married. They jumped in a car and raced to Scotland. Got married. He returned to Kabul 3 days later. The couple said the wedding cost them the grand total of £600 (£300 being the Christian Louboutin shoes Nancy bought to go with a £40 dress) and Chris raised £40,000 for the charity.
The Home Stayers
Tom and Aisha both had a love for family and decided straight away that their family home was the perfect place to hold a very boho wedding. The whole event was staged in their garden with Aisha wearing a vintage wedding dress which was the inspiration used when designing Caroline Bramley. The guests sat on hay bales and the bride rode her beautiful white horse bareback down the aisle. All food was produced from their own customised vintage catering van. The couple said they spent less than £1000 on the whole wedding which was less than half what they spent on a month long honeymoon!
The Modern Couple
Ned and Pauline were based in Calgary, Canada. They knew that a lot of members of their family wouldn’t be able to travel from Europe to share in their special day. So instead of having guests, they nipped off on their work lunch break, to a stunning waterfall in the Rockies and set up a live feed for all their relatives at home. It was winter and Pauline wore a dress borrowed from her mother whilst Ned opted for jeans and a shirt. Both the bride and groom went back to work and spent their first night as a married couple at home doing exactly what they would normally do on a wednesday night. The wedding cost them $300 and they both said it was the best $300 they have ever spent.
Make your wedding completely unique for the two of you. Because it is your love that matters. That should come first.