Wedding Update – All The Small Things

Wedding Update

As I’m sure many of you will already know, this is a very big year for me; I’m getting married. Andrew and I got engaged in October last year, just before our trip to New York. Since then I have been a one-woman wedding planning machine. As soon as you buy your first bridal magazine, your wedding shopping list will grow and grow. Then you’ll attend wedding fairs or even exhibitions, and more items will be added to your list, things I doubt you’ll have even considered.

I’ve got my ‘big ticket’ items already sorted – the date, the venue, the dress, the bridesmaid dresses etc. Now it’s time for us to tick off the smaller items, which are completely necessary to a wedding, but costly nonetheless.

The smaller items are surprisingly costly, something, which I’m sure many of you, including myself, would be surprised by. Did you know the average cost of a British wedding is £4,333? Now I could easily spend that on my small ticket items if I wasn’t careful. I don’t want to go into figures as to the actual cost of our wedding so far, but I can confirm that they are not cheap and it is very easy to get carried away.

A small sample of the things I still need to find are;

  • Stationary
  • Venue Decoration
  • Extra Entertainment
  • Thank You Gifts

If I can save any money here, I intend to, and I also urge other brides to do the same. I have two tips to share with you to help you do this. Firstly, make sure you get several quotes; don’t just go with the first you receive. Secondly, make use of sites such as Gumtree. You may initially think that Gumtree is only a place to find second hand products, but you can actually find services on there too. I didn’t actually realise this myself at first, I only found out when I started looking for wedding décor.

In West Yorkshire, there are a surprising number of services available through Gumtree. I’ve picked out some that may be useful to other local brides-to-be;

Considering the average British couple spend £6,382 from the first date to ‘I do’, your wedding day is likely to be very costly, and if you can find a way to save some pennies, I believe you should definitely try to.

Do any of you have any moving saving tips you could share with me?

Lauren xx

This post is sponsored by Gumtree, however, all opinions are my own.



  1. March 13, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    It is a lot of money!

    But I guess you can spend as little or as much as you want?

    • by Lauren Jane
      March 13, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      That is true, even just the Registrar is £500!!

  2. March 13, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Goodness. I don’t know where to start. Whenever we saw something we liked, we created it ourself. Like our light up letters, my uncles a joiner so made them and my granddad is an electrician so wired them up. If you ask around, someone will always know someone who can help! Don’t be afraid to ask.
    Bee xxx

    • by Lauren Jane
      March 15, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      That’s really lucky Bee! To be honest we’ve not really had anything like that so far. Lauren xx

  3. Nicola
    March 13, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I hadn’t thought about using Gumtree to look for photographers or for decorations, thank you for the tip! I’ve been searching through eBay for decorations but haven’t yet ordered anything.
    I’ve been taking all the coffee jars at my work recently to use as part of decorations, they’re the same size and type as a large yankee candle jar so will look really nice with some flowers in or some fairy lights or candles.

    Nicola x

    • by Lauren Jane
      March 15, 2017 / 12:22 pm

      Yes I know a few people collecting jars or empty spirit bottles – so good if that’s your theme! xx

  4. March 18, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I never realised how expensive a wedding can get until I’ve spoken to some recently married friends. I’m now dreading it because I know I will want so many little things which like you say can really add up! I like the idea of making things myself but I’m crap at DIY hahah

    Deimante x

    • by Lauren Jane
      March 20, 2017 / 12:18 pm

      Same here Dei! I’m not great at DIY and it doesn’t really go with my theme 🙁 xx

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