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Wedding on a budget – Vintage Dresses for under £500

By Debs Cass on March 21st, 2013

It’s no secret that weddings can cost the earth, and when the budget’s tight (or non-existent) it doesn’t mean to say the dress has to look budget. If you have your heart set on a vintage style wedding, and want your dress to be unique and have some history about it – it can pay-off to look outside of the more standard bridal choices. Consider going for something previously worn – just the once, or something new recreated in a vintage style, to create that unique look you’re looking for. Here’s some vintage style gems we have stumbled across that won’t blow the budget…

Cordelia Vintage Tulle Dress £395

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This vintage inspired bridal dress is made from luxury tulle, with flattering sweeping V neck line and wide skirt. The tulle overlay sits over the satin with intricate and decorative beading. Web Exclusive. BHS

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Vintage style wedding-on-a-budget. – 11 cool Etsy ideas from rings to wedding programmes

By Debs Cass on March 7th, 2013

When planning your ‘big day’, anyone in the know or who has done it before, will tell you that choosing a theme which means something to you and your life-partner-to-be is a key first step into creating the most memorable day. The rest is detail – but boy – these dastardly details can rapidly fill up the rest of your planning time (- even if it’s years!) as it’s these little touches which will make up the fabric of your meticulously planned day and will be what makes your wedding day truly yours.

Etsy is a great place to explore for all things wedding related – particularly if you are looking for unique and vintage ideas, or are stuck with a limited budget. With particular emphasis on hand-made and creating an individual look, Etsy can inspire you or help realise your dream theme. Or for those who have done it before – make you wish you could do it all over again with some of the most beautiful hand-crafted and imaginative touches your heart could ever desire!

Art Deco Diamond Daisy Ring £408

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Ok, so maybe the engagement ring comes first.. and if I was proposed to with this ring, there could only be one possible answer! This beautiful art deco ring is c.1920's, with flower shaped design, 18 carat gold, in a platinum setting. The flower is set with a central diamond (approx. 2.5mm or .06pts), surrounded by six diamonds (approx. 1.5mm or .015pts each), with a diamond on each shoulder (approx. 1.8mm or .025pts each). Approximate Size US 7.5 Luxedeluxe

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Phase Eight bridal collection 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 1st, 2013

Phase Eight bridal collection 2013

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If you’re looking for a wedding dress that won’t break your wedding budget, take a look at the new 2013 bridal collection by Phase Eight. With delicate lace and the softest of silks combined with beautiful embellishment, these are all available on the high street and will set you back no more that £500. We know right?! Don’t waste time, check out these gorgeous vintage inspired gowns today.

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TK Maxx unveils exclusive range of designer wedding dresses at high street prices

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 15th, 2013

Exciting news ladies; TK Maxx – a great a place to find a designer bargain – has today, 15 January 2013, unveiled a new exclusive range of designer bridal gowns at high street prices. This means that cost conscious brides no longer have to lie, cheat and (we hope not) steal to get the designer dress they’d love. TK Maxx buyers scoured the globe for designer dresses worth as much as £1,395 and made them available to you for £199.99.

Evelyn Morton from TK Maxx said: “Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and one where you want to look and feel stunning! Most brides have dreamt of their wedding dress since they were young girls but with the tough economic climate that dream dress is far out of reach. We’re really excited that we are helping savvy brides get their dream designer wedding dress without the hefty price tag.”

Don’t chance it, get down to you local store soon to pick up a bargain of a lifetime.

Ballerina Cross-Back: £269.99, RRP £1,395

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Beautiful cream tulle dress with satin lining. Full skirt with simple wrap-around body and light ruching. Spaghetti straps accentuate the shoulders, crossing at the back for an elegant finish. Very Sarah-Jessica Parker.

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How to cut costs on your wedding budget

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 14th, 2012

Unless you (or your parents) have been saving for this amazing day since forever, chances are that after that blissful moment of accepting the proposal, you’re faced with the harsh reality of how much your nuptials will cost. If you’ve been together for a while, you might have set aside some funds for the eventuality of a wedding. But for many young people finding a way to pay for rent (or mortgages if lucky enough) and simply living is priority number one, with no or very little money available for the celebrations.

It is estimated that that the average UK wedding will cost around£16,000 in 2013. The mere thought of could make many roll into a little ball of panic, but it’s not all doom and gloom. There are ways to save pennies and still have a wonderful wedding day experience. Here are some of our top tips on how to cut costs on your wedding budget.

Write your who to invite list and check it twice

The sheer size of your wedding party will have a massive impact on your costs. The more people to feed at the reception, the higher your outgoings will be – simple maths. As soon as you start thinking about planning your wedding, write down the names of those you would like to have present. The number might be higher than you expect, but don’t worry about this now. Leave the list for a few weeks, then return to it with a new look and remove those that aren’t essential. Repeat this again if necessary and you’ll eventually end up with a manageable list.

Think of alternative venues for your wedding reception

It really doesn’t need to be the fanciest town hall or ballroom; the most important about the venue is to find a place where you can feel comfortable and that can house everyone on your wedding invite list. Alternative venues could be your local pub, an unused commercial space (let’s start a pop-up wedding reception trend), or the garden at your parents’ or friends’ house.

Your dress

Yes, we know that most of you will already have found the perfect wedding dress already – or have a really good idea of which designer you’d like to go for. But if money is tight, head to your local charity shops to see if there are any to get hold of second hand. If they haven’t got any at the moment, pop back often or kindly ask the person running it if he or she could call you if a wedding dress comes in. Alternatively search for new and upcoming designers, you might be able to get a gown at a good rate.

DIY decorations

If you’re a crafty type, why not consider making your own decorations for the wedding. Shop around online for suppliers of things like tissue paper in good time ahead of your wedding – you’ll be surprised how many good deals are to be found – and make your own paperpoms (those are pom poms made from tissue paper if you’re wondering).

Go on a mini-moon

If you haven’t got the funds to go on a two-week honeymoon straight after your wedding, why not treat yourself to a weekend mini-moon close to home and save the real honeymoon for later. Or – if you already have everything you might want for the home – why not ask for contributions to your honeymoon instead of wedding gifts.

Any tips on how to cut costs on your wedding budget that you’d like to share?


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How much should you spend on your wedding? Average UK wedding costs 2013

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 7th, 2012

Brides-to-be (and grooms) in Britain are becoming savvier when it comes to budgeting for their wedding. Not only has the worldwide economic situation made us all think about where we can cut costs in all aspects of life, not just weddings, but the glorious internet is also making it easier to source and compare prices on items. With the average wedding expected to be just over £16,000 in 2013 (and who has that kind of money lying around?), reality is that most of those getting married will have other financial responsibilities such as mortgages, credit card debt or student loans to honour, and will be looking to reduce costs where possible.

Of course, each couple is unique and while some choose to go all out and make their day a lavish occasion, others will prefer a more low-key (and less expensive) event.  Do you really need the horse drawn carriage and the white doves?

Below is a breakdown of how the costs of ‘an average wedding’ is allocated. How does it compare with your wedding budget?


[via UK Wedding Belles]

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Bridalwave Loves: Phase Eight Firenze wedding dress

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on July 6th, 2011

It’s not exactly the Galliano dress Kate Moss wore when she tied the knot to Jamie Hince, but we think the Firenze wedding dress by Phase Eight is a pretty good substitute to Mrs Hince’s dress if you haven’t got John Galliano on speed dial. And it is a fraction of the price as well we’re guessing!

The ivory wedding dress with golden embellishment certainly has a vintage twist and for only £375.00 it’s not badly priced either.

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Love Pippa’s maid of honour dress? Now you can get your own!

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 10th, 2011

Even if it was Kate’s big day, Pippa Middleton almost ended up stealing the show as she amazed viewers and guests in her slinky cowl neck maid of honour dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

If you loved the dress so much that you want it for your own wedding – but haven’t got Burton on speed-dial – you’re in luck. As it happens, London based label Motasem Bridal already has a very similar style in their collection.

The Alaya, designed by Sabina Ali, is a flattering bias-cut cowl neck dress made in crepe silk. It is also available with bespoke detailing should you prefer.

Priced from £695, it’s the perfect choice for brides on a budget who are looking for a classy, understated wedding dress.

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Bridalwave loves: rosy dress from TK Maxx for summer weddings

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 5th, 2011

If you’re after a rosy dress for a wedding this season, feast your eyes on this watermelon pink dress by David’s Bridal via TK Maxx. With an embellished details and a Grecian inspired cut, this could be yours for just £49.99!

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Bridalwave Loves: Monsoon Kirby lace shift bridal dress

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 5th, 2011

We love this knee-length Kirby lace bridal dress by Monsoon. Just look at the beautiful beading and embroidery – and it only costs £160.00!

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Wedding SIY: Be a princess without spending a royal fortune

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 15th, 2011

I dabbled with sewing, cross-stitching and knitting when I was younger, but once I realised my mother was far better at it I decided to not pursue this past-time – I’m now far better with chopsticks than knitting needles! But with the recent revival of these traditional hobbies, knitting clubs and craft shops popping up everywhere, I admit I’m tempted to make a second attempt at being crafty and make something myself. And seeing these stunning bridal creations by Harriet de Winton and Ros Marshall, creative editors of Cloth Magazine, I am even more eager to try to some SIY – Sew It Yourself.

There is a growing market for do-it-yourself alternative weddings, bespoke bridal wear, accessories and trimmings; buying wedding dresses in charity shop and alternating them yourself is a great way to personalise your big day even more!

In the Spring issue of Cloth magazine, Marshall and de Winton have created a wedding project, which hints at a royal theme, with designs that can create an individual look that is simple yet effortlessly glamorous.


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From whimsical headpieces to festive table decorations and wedding dresses, there is something special about tailoring your wedding by sewing it yourself – and feel personally rewarded in the process.

And as Ros Marshall points out, “you don’t have to be a professional designer to get this look right, nor spend a royal fortune to implement it.”

Would love to see some of your own creations dear Bridalwave readers. Why not share them on our Facebook page?

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Be an eco bride with Oxfam Unwrapped’s online wedding shop

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 2nd, 2011

Great news for brides who want to look good and do good: charity Oxfam has launched its first online wedding shop.

In just a few clicks, the new Oxfam Unwrapped range of wedding lists and favours will ensure you can add a personal AND ethical touch to your big day. Simply set up a personalised Oxfam Unwrapped wedding list online, add a photo and a message to your wedding guests and choose which gifts you’d like to receive, then sit back and wait to receive cards to send out with the invitations. There is even a nifty email widget if you want to go paperless! Gifts range from bags of seed and donating a goat to helping communities get safe water supplies.

Brides-to-be will also be able to get their hands on unique pieces, from unworn designer dresses donated by bridal shops to second-hand and vintage dresses. An ethical 100% silver jewellery line has been added for the occasion, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings, so finding a thoughtful present for your lovely bridesmaids is easy.

Rick Lay, Oxfam Unwrapped Manager said: “The Oxfam Unwrapped wedding list makes it so easy to add something different to the big day and it can be chosen in addition to a traditional store list. A couple of goats, health check-ups and classroom kits are guaranteed to get people smiling both at the wedding and in the communities where these gifts will be used. Maybe even William and Kate will have a look at the endless possibilities on offer on the new shop page and start a personalised Oxfam Unwrapped list”.

Oxfam Unwrapped wedding lists were first launched in 2007 and have raised almost £1 million since. The new shop on the Oxfam website will include details of the eleven Oxfam shops with bridal departments, all of which offer a wide selection of new and nearly new designer dresses, specialist advice and fittings.

Visit the new Oxfam wedding shop at www.oxfam.org.uk/weddings

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Date for your diary: bridal shoes sale by Freya Rose 3 March 2011, up to 70% off

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 18th, 2011

Remember when we featured the gorgeous bridal shoes by Freya Rose the other day? Well you can now get a pair for your own as Freya Rose is having a shoe sale! On 3 March 2011 from 1pm to 8pm the shoe designer opens the doors for brides, offering up to 70% off bridal shoes – we don’t blame you if you pick up  a few extra pairs of shoes just in case.

There’s more. At 20% less than the standard price, the couture shoemakers will personalise your wedding day pumps when you pick up a sale shoe.

For a shoe bonanza, head to Freya Rose, The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH. Make sure you book your appointment on 020 7288 6311 or [email protected]

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Date for your diary: London Bridal Designer Sale 19/20 March 2011

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on February 17th, 2011

Here is a date for your diary all you thrifty brides!

The London Bridal Designer Sale will be holding a designer sample sale with up to 70% off over 1,000 exquisite designer wedding gowns from leading international designers, including AmandaWakeley, Amy Michelson, Anna Christina, Annabel B, Atelier Aimée, Caroline Castigliano, Christiana Couture, Galit Levi, Lyn Ashworth, Max Chaoul, Oleg Cassini Icon, Sharon Hoey, Toi Creazioni, and many, many more…

The tickets to this event are FREE and the slots are booked very quickly! To take advantage of the sale, please visit bridaldesignersale.com to select your preferred date and time slot.

When: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2011

Where: Radison Blu, Portman Hotel, London W1

Tickets can be booked at: www.bridaldesignersale.com

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Wedding dress on a budget: Go charity shopping

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 24th, 2011

Bride shopping at Sense Charity Shop

All brides want to look princess-like on their wedding day, but without the royal budget to blow on cakes, bubbly and the dress what is a girl to do? If the increased VAT rise – and general economic austerity – has taken a stab at your wedding budget, it’s time to think differently and go charity shopping!

Once an item to keep for life, many brides are now thinking differently and donating their wedding dresses to charity shops – recycling their dresses as a way of sharing their special day and letting the dress play the role it was designed for many times over. We’re guessing smaller flats and less storage space is a key factor too. The stigma once connected with second-hand clothes is long gone and thrifty brides-to-be are hitting local charity shops in the hunt for the perfect dress at a fragment of the price. And that is without the added benefit of contributing towards a worthwhile cause!

National charity Sense, the deafblind charity, reports an increase in donated wedding dresses across all of their charity shops in the UK. Its Kingswinford branch in the West Midlands has even received such a high quantity of donated wedding dresses that it has opened its own wedding department, complete with dresses, shoes, tiaras, bridesmaid and page boy outfits, as well as mother-of-the-bride accessories.

What are you waiting for ladies – go shop!

You can search for your local Sense charity shop at www.sense.org.uk or buy online here.

Image: Sense

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