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The proposal

“Chris proposed on holiday in St Ives, Cornwall,” smiles Juliette. “We took an early morning walk up to a chapel overlooking the town and he popped the question while we were sat on the wall looking out to sea – it was very emotional. We then got a bit merry drinking Champagne at 11 in the morning!” she adds.

The bride’s outfit

“My Monsoon wedding dress cost just £220, which was a real bargain,” says Juliette. “I only had a very small budget for my outfit and I was so pleased to find a dress that wasn’t too pricey, but still made me feel like a million dollars.” Her adorable purple shoes were bought online from Modcloth, which she first spotted on Pinterest. Why not take a look at Wedding Ideas magazine’s Pinterest boards and see what inspires you?

The groom’s outfit

Chris wanted to buy a suit he knew he’d wear again, so opted for a Kenneth Cole design from House of Fraser. His shoes were by Bertie and the tie was from Debenhams.

The bridesmaids

“I had two bridesmaids – one was my sister Yvonne and one was my best friend Rowan. They were such a great support to me planning the wedding and throughout the day. It was fantastic to have them by my side,” beams Juliette. The two girls picked their own dresses from Coast and Karen Millen.

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The ceremony

Juliette and Chris had a civil ceremony at The Southville Centre, with music that the couple both loved.

The reception

“The Southville Centre did the ceremony and reception and I can’t rave about them enough. The venue is so beautiful and full of light with a lovely relaxed feeling,” explains Juliette. “It was fantastic to have the entire day in one location – we didn’t lose any time moving between venues, which is great because the day flies by so quickly. Our wedding planner Kim at The Southville Centre was incredible and thought of every little thing; including little snack boxes for all the children to have after the ceremony.

We had Pieminister pies and mash with mushy peas for the wedding breakfast, and for dessert we served our wedding cake, which was a carrot cake with rum and orange frosting. Lots of people commented on the pies and said it was great to have ‘proper’ food, as they called it,” she adds.

The honeymoon

The couple spent £350 on a week away to the Brecon Beacons in Wales. “We spent the week relaxing, talking about the wedding and eating food!” says Juliette.

Big Day Advice

Juliette’s advice for brides-to-be? Drop your wedding theme! “We decided to ditch the idea of a ‘theme’ for the wedding, with only 12 weeks to plan the whole day, we didn’t want to give ourselves added pressure,” she says. “We just picked things we liked, didn’t worry about matching colours and everything seemed to come together in the end.”

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9 COMMENTS

  1. 8wks would av been great. I had 2 years of changing my mind about everything from colour scheme to shoes (8pairs by the time wedding arrived) I was a nitemare. 8k was budget at beginning by the wedding it was 30k…………. my husband couldn’t wait for the day to finally arrive longest 2 years of his life!!!! Lol

  2. Lol it’s easily done on less than 8k, there’s a load of stuff people have at their weddings which is unessisery. our wedding was about 6k. i planned our wedding myself in 7months not bad for someone doing it on their own who has 3 kids and fitted in a house move in that time. 🙂

  3. we had wedding and honeymoon to las vegas for 2 weeks for less than £8k and were engaged and married within 6 months. It worked great for us as we have 2 doctors in the family and they couldnt book their holiday more than 6 months out so it mean we could make sure they could come!. I loved doing it that quick – you just need to sort the venue and dress and anything else you can do in as much time as you have 🙂

  4. 6 months, I’m spending £6k on a venue which provides me with drinks, champers, 4 course meal, open bar, decorations, evening buffet and accommodation all-in. Then I’m buying my dress from hong kong for £60 and everything else I’m doing myself on a purse string; stationary, foam flower bouquet, hair & makeup. Will probably sell everything after I’m done too …. no way of getting out of the extortionate prices that are the registrar tho 🙁

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