This bride managed to plan her entire wedding for under $800

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Wedding party flower decor in the summer garden

A UK bride has managed to keep the cost of her entire wedding down to less than $800 after deciding it would be a “bit of a challenge”.

Rosie Scott, from London, made her own cake and sewed her own outfit - saving her so much that her wedding ended up costing just $730.

With the average wedding cost in Australia coming in at well over $50,000, it’s no surprise many wanted to know exactly how she did it.

Rosie and now husband Aaron were both post-grad students at the time so didn’t have a lot of savings to play with.

Using Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, Rosie said she did a lot f DIY to spend less money.

The couple booked their local village hall as the venue, which cost £100 ($180) for the day. Her decorations were handmade paper flowers in jam jars and paper pom poms. She even made her own invites.

a multi level white wedding cake on a silver base and pink flowers on top

“I'd just started a craft blog at the time so was really inspired by lots of other crafters and online tutorials that I'd seen,” Rosie told The Sun.

She made her own wedding dress, and then used her staff discount at local clothing store Monsoon to get a floral dress for after the ceremony.

Rosie also watched a Youtube tutorial to make her own wedding cake, which saved her another few hundred dollars.

“I asked my sister because she's great at baking, but she'd never made a multi-tiered cake so we watched tutorial videos together to work out how to do it,” she said.

Rosie’s top advice

  • Choose non-traditional wedding venues

  • Save on a DJ by making your own playlist

  • Check charity shops for crockery and decorations

  • Send invitations electronically instead of the post

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