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A SAVVY bride has revealed how she saved £21,000 on her dream castle wedding – but irritated friends by chopping out partners. 

Ashley Waugh, 25, and groom Luke revealed how they managed to get their wedding value down from the quoted £30,000 to £9,000 with some very thrifty ideas.

Ashley Waugh, 25, and groom Luke saved £21,000 on their dream castle wedding

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Ashley Waugh, 25, and groom Luke saved £21,000 on their dream castle weddingCredit: thinkmoneyIn total, the big day cost £9,000 - with Ashley's dad kindly paying for the venue and the happy couple footing £4,000

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In whole, the massive day value £9,000 – with Ashley’s dad kindly paying for the venue and the joyful couple footing £4,000Credit: thinkmoney

Legal cashier Ashley informed budgeting consultants thinkmoney: “Originally, we wished to get married on a Saturday within the top of summer time with 140 friends, and that may’ve value us round £10,000 only for the venue.

“The steepest quote we had was £30,000 all in.”

“So we booked a midweek date, which immediately saved us some huge cash, and went for a February date which was low season and cheaper.”

Ashley mentioned they “struck gold” with Covid when the venue needed to reschedule to July, and honoured the unique value. 

In whole, the massive day value £9,000 – with Ashley’s dad kindly paying for the venue and the joyful couple footing £4,000.

The bride additionally opened up about methods they lowered prices with the smaller particulars too.

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She defined: “We have been additionally actually harsh with our visitor checklist, which upset lots of people but we have been paying for it ourselves and we wished our closest mates and households there, not somebody who felt they’d a proper to come back as a result of they have been relationship somebody who was invited.

“We reduce A LOT of individuals’s partners purely to save cash.

“Most individuals have been very nice about it, some weren’t, but then you definitely be taught who your actual mates are once you’re planning a wedding!”

Ashley defined that Luke has a bigger household and is initially from Peterborough.

She continued: “He selected to not invite distant cousins and nieces so we might have an intimate day with our nearest and dearest.

“Our unique visitor checklist was 140 individuals and we modified that to 64 day friends and 15 night, so reduce 60 individuals.”

A breakdown of how Ashley and Luke spent their cash on their wedding

Cake: FREE, gifted by Luke’s aunt

DJ: FREE, because the couple did their very own music

Chair sashes, desk runners and flowers for centrepieces: 40p every from AliExpress

Flowers: £300 from Groovy Ruby (faux to save cash)

Suits: £600, employed from Moss Bros

Wedding gown: £700 from Wed2Be, altered for £90 (off the rack to save cash)

Bridal and bridesmaids’ hair/make-up: £500 with mates’ low cost

Venue: £5k on a winter deal

The bride and groom additionally did all the decor themselves, and enlisted the assistance of her brother, mum and buddy Katie to embellish the room the day earlier than.

She mentioned: “We purchased centrepieces from Home Bargains, chair sashes and covers from Wish or AliExpress for 40p a pop and favours from B&M, but it seemed as if it had been professionally dressed.

“We additionally didn’t have a DJ only a playlist we made collectively and managed from our telephones.”

Tips from the bride

  • Ask round, ask mates to ask their mates.

“No-one in my friendship group is a make-up artist, a photographer or a florist – but they knew individuals or had suggestions and I used to be fortunate sufficient to get some mates’ reductions.”

“I discovered a lady primarily based in my hometown who I had by no means heard of but then it turned out she knew one in every of my bridesmaids – it’s all who you realize, not what you realize.”

To cut costs, they used their phones instead of a DJ and chopped the guest list down

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To reduce prices, they used their telephones as a substitute of a DJ and chopped the visitor checklist downCredit: thinkmoneyAshley said they 'struck gold' with Covid when the venue had to reschedule to July, and honoured the original price

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Ashley mentioned they ‘struck gold’ with Covid when the venue needed to reschedule to July, and honoured the unique priceCredit: thinkmoney

We shared how a mother-of-the-groom sparked outrage by carrying white robe and fascinator to the wedding… and now she’s attempting to promote it.

Meanwhile, a mum-of-two mentioned her mates ditched her when she employed a cleaner and mentioned she was exhibiting off, but claims she is just too busy to wash.

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