This month sees Pippa Middleton marrying financier James Matthews and although we don’t know the total spend of the wedding, one but can surmise that it’s going to be the sort of sum that would raise an eyebrow in shock.
Up until pretty recently a wedding was a chance to demonstrate the wealth of a family. Who could so it bigger or better seemed like an actual factor in the planning of a wedding. Historically, in Britain this has been the case for centuries but we’ve also been influenced by lavish American – or celebrity – weddings on TV. If it wasn’t worthy of Hello magazine, then was it really worth bothering with?
The reality is though, that most couples do not have this sort of cash. It seems like we’re finally realizing the wedding of a lifetime doesn’t need to max out multiple credit cards! We take a look at the hottest trends dominating the wedding maket.
Going DIY has been a huge trend over the last couple of years. Ten or twenty years ago this would have been laughed at but now, more and more brides are realising that the Do-It-Yourself-Bug not only saves money but allows you to put your personal stamp on proceedings. Websites such as notonthehighstreet.com and Etsy have helped to inspire prospective brides’ creative flair.
These days, more and more people are opting to make their own (or getting someone they know to make making your own bunting or creating your own floral centrepieces.
Flowers from Lidl
Really? Yes, really. Lidl has just launched its wedding flower collection, after linking up with celebrity florist Jamie Aston, and it’s attracted a lot of attention already. Using supermarkets can save huge amounts of money when it comes to your blooms, leaving you more money for the dress (or trouser suit) of course!
Ah, the dress. No longer do brides need to go designer. The trend has started seeing brides-to-be moving away from designers such as Alice Temperley and looking to the high-street chains for the most important dress buy of their lives. Chains such as ASOS, Topshop and Phase Eight all offer beautiful dresses for under £500, while Dorothy Perkins has just launched its first bridal collection.
Kat Williams, founder of Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride, commented in The Guardian ‘’It’s become very obvious over the past few years that a lot more couples who want to have non-traditional weddings also want to look at ways to cut costs…It could be because more couples are footing the bills themselves, rather than just having their parents paying, or just because they are realising that they don’t have to spend £20,000 to have a great day. Having a budget-friendly or DIY wedding is no longer embarrassing – it’s a real trend.’’
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