All of our wedding plans so far

Since I only set The Thrifty Bride up at the start of June I thought I should update you all on where we are with our wedding plans. We started planning properly in March this year and with only have a small and simple wedding we've managed to get a lot done. I've started doing updates on our plans but thought I needed to back track a bit with what we've done before The Thrifty Bride came along.

Setting the date

I'll be honest date wise we were pretty flexible on, we wanted a summer wedding but there aren't any dates in that season that have a particularly special meaning to us so we kind of just picked one at random. We've also brought the wedding forward a year on what we were initially thinking, this is for many reasons but we're only having a small wedding and it seemed pointless dragging out the planning up until 2021 when it wasn't necessary. Also Josh and I lost three grandparents between us last year, without being overly morbid we want to try and make sure all the people we want at our wedding can be there. Bringing the wedding forward does mean I can say I'm getting married next year though!

Deciding on the ceremony

We've decided on a registry office ceremony in our town which bizarrely can't be booked more than a year in advance which means we have another month to wait before we can book that. Because anything to do with weddings, especially summer ones gets booked up super quick though we've had to start making other bookings. Basically I'm going to be a nervous wreck up until the ceremony is booked, we've got no doubts about getting our date it's just the time we'd most like that we might not get. I'm just going to have to except that and be happy with it because there's nothing I can do to change it. Especially seen as pretty much every other element of the wedding is booked aside from the ceremony (you know, the most important part). I've never heard of any other registry office doing this but trust us to pick the one that does!

The wedding reception

Wedding reception wise we've decided not to go with a traditional wedding day schedule so there's no wedding breakfast and no evening reception in the traditional sense. Neither of us wanted a formal sit down meal, it doesn't fit with what we want out of our wedding and felt too stuffy and traditional for us. We also didn't want a big evening piss up, we are doing this wedding on a budget and to be real we didn't want to pay for family we haven't seen in god knows how long to get drunk. That may sound harsh but honestly being true to us and real about these things is honestly what's made us actually enjoy wedding planning. What we did want though was a relaxing environment where people could mingle with some food and have fun. This is the key, we really want people to feel relaxed and have fun (us included!) so we're heading to a function room at the local leisure centre straight after the ceremony and photos. As this post is probably going to be a big one I think I'm going to cover the topic of do you need an evening reception in a separate post. I think I might also do a separate post that goes into more detail about what we're planning to do after the ceremony to give people some ideas and to document our plans as it'll be fun to compare then to what actually happens!

The photographer

A few months back a local photographer had a really good deal on that we couldn't say no to. We looked at lots of examples of their work and read lots of reviews and we were super pleased with everything we saw. We wanted photos but wedding photography can very easily go up into the thousands which is what we wanted to avoid as again it went against everything we're trying to do so I couldn't believe it when we got such a great deal! At one point we really didn't know what we were going to do about a photographer because we're on such a small budget so I'm really glad we sorted this out.

The transport

I was really unsure about the whole wedding car thing. At first it seemed like an unnecessary expense but the more I thought about it the more I thought it might be a nice thing for my Dad and I on the way to the wedding then a nice little quiet moment for Josh and I after the ceremony on the way to the reception. I'm going to do a whole separate post on our car because I honesty love it and it's not a classic wedding car which is something I was also trying to avoid.

The shoes

I found a pair of gorgeous rose gold shoes that ticked every box so my mum kindly bought them for me. My shoes were actually one of the very first wedding purchases which is just absolutely typical for me. I own loads of shoes! They were an absolute bargain at £19.99 and they're so sparkly.

Decorations

I've started putting some odd bits away and obviously this will get added to over the next few months. We don't have a lot so far but I've picked up a few bits and pieces as I've seen them. So far we have the scoops for the sweet table because they were such a bargain I didn't want to miss out on them, a rose gold foil balloon that says 'love', some mini champagne bottle bubble wands and a pack of photo booth props. Some of our decorations are going to be DIY projects and I don't want to make a start on those too soon as it'll just absolutely take over our spare room.

So that's where we currently are, if you'd said to me when we first started planning back in February/March that this is where I'd be and that I'd be loving it, I'd have laughed because I was so stressed by it and hating the thought of it. So much has changed though and I'm so glad we completely changed our outlook on everything and started planning the day we really wanted. I'm ready to tackle the next 13 months leading up to our wedding and I can't wait for the adventure! Don't forget to check out the other big wedding planning updates that happened in June.

How are you getting on with your planning? Let me know in the comments!

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