The Big Day On A Budget
Recently-wed Lauren Molyneux discusses her alternative approach to tying the knot
For a lot of people, the thought of the big day fills the heart with excitement, but the head with dread. There are questions of venues, bands, food, the dress, who to invite, where to sit people and more often than not, budget has a huge part to play. But the perfect wedding does not always have to cost an arm and a leg.
We managed our wedding in just over two months and on possibly the tiniest wedding budget there ever has been.
The result, an intimate and emotional ceremony with wonderful moments that we will always cherish. We wore co-ordinating outfits of black – I wore a dress I had made myself. We picked wildflowers for the bouquet and buttonholes the night before the wedding, asked our two witnesses to take photos on a disposable camera (which turned out to have a lovely vintage charm), and celebrated our nuptials with islanders and holidaymakers in the local pub that evening. On the last day of our honeymoon we shared our favourite Chinese takeaway on the beach overlooking Tobermory bay with a blue sky above us.
Keeping it low-cost was not the main benefit of having our day our way, but being freed from worries of guests and schedules, we got to spend the whole day in each other’s company and were able to start our married life as we plan to continue it.