Gorgeous newlyweds Pip and Paul show how you can still make a big impact with a small budget, and they definitely proved their DIY skills with this creative celebration! Budget weddings are the way forward…

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How they met

Pip and Paul met as students, “We had just moved into our university halls, and I was unpacking after saying goodbye to my parents when Paul tried it on,” Pip laughs. “He thought he was being romantic, I thought he was a bit forward!”

The proposal

Paul surprised Pip with a romantic midnight proposal on top of a hill by Lincoln Cathedral. “We had only been going out for three months, so it was completely unexpected, but I knew Paul and I would end up married one day,” Pip says.

The bride’s outfit

With a limited budget, Pip was expecting to buy a second–hand dress and pictured herself in a lace fishtail style. “Then one day, I was out with Paul and persuaded him to let me pop into a sample sale just to have a look. He was very surprised to see me come out an hour and a half later with a big white bag!” explains Pip. “It was quite daunting because the dress was nothing like I was expecting, and because I was on my own, I couldn’t ask anyone’s opinion, but I’m so happy I followed my gut.” The beautiful Ronald Joyce dress featured elaborate beading in an Art Deco style. Pip added a scalloped veil from Debenhams, glittery gold heels from Dorothy Perkins, and a feather shawl from Miss Selfridge to change her look for the evening.

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 The groom’s outfit

Paul wore a blue suit from Next, teamed with brown leather shoes and belt. “He’s a football writer and a big Notts County fan, so he wore his team’s cufflinks and a pin badge with his buttonhole,” adds Pip.

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The bridesmaids

Unable to choose between her nearest and dearest, Pip ended up with a band of seven beautiful bridesmaids. “I managed to find nude pink dresses for just £17 from ASOS, and the girls all wore them in their own way, changing the straps or adding flowers,” Pip says. “I decided I’d rather get creative with cheaper dresses and have all my friends as bridesmaids.”

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The ceremony

Pip and Paul chose a Church of England wedding ceremony, with readings from Mark 10 and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. “I loved walking down the aisle with my dad, smiling and waving at all our friends and family,” says Pip.

The flowers

To keep costs down, Pip opted for silk flowers for the bouquets and buttonholes. “As well as saving us money, it also meant we could have everything ready made in advance,” she explains. “For the reception venue, we spent £80 on fresh flowers from Tesco and Costco and arranged them all ourselves in vases and jam jars.”

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The reception

Pip and Paul held their reception at the local village hall. “Picking a theme was hard as Pul and I have very different tastes – he loves football, and I love everything sparkly, smiles Pip. “We settled on a gold and blush pink theme with magpies everywhere – Paul’s team logo – and in a weird way, it worked!” The menu included the couple’s favourite dishes – bruscetta, chicken wrapped in pancetta and white chocolate cheesecake with strawberries for dessert.

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The details

“Decorating the hall was quite a big task as it was such a big space to fill on a budget,” Pip says. The couple hit the January sales and found many of their details at bargain prices, including gold table runners for just £1.25 each. “We saved jam jars and wine bottles and dipped them in glitter to hold candles and flowers, and my bridesmaids had the brilliant, last–minute idea of wrapping hula hoops in flowers, ribbons and fairy lights and hanging them from the ceiling. We also bought lots of gold glittery twigs with battery-operated fairy lights instead of uplights and whenever I came across decorative birds, I bought them and transformed them into magpies to fit our theme.

The cake

Bridesmaid Laura created the beautiful wedding cake, with layers of Bakewell, lemon ad salted caramel sponge covered in white chocolate ganache.

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The honeymoon

The newlyweds honeymooned in Bali, where they visited the monkey forest, saw the sights, went parasailing and squeezed in a couple of spa treatments, too.

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