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For a range of contemporary wedding gowns from the high street, Coast has a beautiful collection of dresses at reasonable high street prices.  The IDA Maxi dress above is made from Italian duchess satin with figure shaping panels at the bust and waist to accentuate your figure.  The front has an elegant boatneck while the back has an alluring deep V shape keeping the silhouette sleek and feminine.  The IDA Maxi dress costs £395.00 and is available to order with delivery costs ranging from £2.99 for delivery within 5 days or £14.99 for delivery from 90 minutes.


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Platform shoes or sandals are great for giving you a little bit of extra height without toppling you completely on your wedding day, especially if you’re not used to wearing high heels.  The little bit of height at the front of the shoe means you won’t be constantly feeling like you’re leaning forward, not a good look on your big day!

As usual Barratts have a great range of bridal shoes for the budget concious bride with shoes ranging from £9.60 to £78.00.  These Black Gardenia Platform Sandals are currently on sale at the bargain price of £12.00 down from £40.00 and come in gold and silver.  They have five sequin bars across the front of the foot and an enclosed heel with ankle bar meaing you can dance the night away without any worry of flinging your shoes off!

If you have a few pairs of shoes to buy for yourself, bridesmaids, flower girls, the groom, ushers etc, check out http://www.shoevouchercodes.co.uk/ to get the latest deals from Barratts and other shoe stores.

Congratulations you’re engaged, but what happens next?  Of course your head is probably full of wedding dresses and wonderful reception venues and ideas, but first things first.  Sit down together and decide exactly what your budget is, there’s no point planning a Wayne & Coleen style wedding if you just don’t have the funds.  Decide what is important to you both, is it a wonderful big family & friends wedding and a stunning reception venue, or a small intimate ceremony with just your nearest and dearest.  Do you want something very formal with all the usual traditions, or do you want something relaxed and laid back with a fun element.  You may think that you both know what the other wants for the wedding, but then you find out that you were both trying to please one another because you thought the other wanted a big wedding when in fact you both want to jet off abroad for a small wedding then celebrate with a party at home later.  So talk it through, and if you don’t agree on what you want then be prepared to compromise with each other.

Wedding Venues & Services
Wedding Venues & Services

Wedding Venues & Services have a very handy budget planner on their website which will help you set your budget for individual items within your planning.  It has an estimate, actual and a difference field that allows you to see where you have gone over your budget and where you have saved making it easy to keep track of your budget.

If either sets of parents are helping with the cost of the wedding, keeping a budget planner makes it easier to show them where the money is being spent and will help them see that you are taking the budget seriously rather than just spending it all! 

Don’t think that you can’t have a big wedding with all your family and friends without spending a fortune, if you don’t have a big budget but do want all your friends and family there, then planning ahead is essential to give yourself time to find all the elements you want at the best price.  You can have a stunning reception venue at a low cost, church halls and other public venues can be transformed with a little creative flair, or choose to have your wedding on a week day which will bring down the costs substantially.  You can have that designer dress that you always wanted by waiting for special events or the end of season sale where the discounts can be amazing.  Friends and family will be more than happy to offer you their time and talents, most families will have someone who can make cakes or at least decorate shop bought ones, or someone who has a creative streak and can make invitations or decorate the reception venue.  Cheap Wedding Success is a wonderful resource for how to plan your wedding without putting yourself into major debt at the beginning of your married life.

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New Look
New Look

I love these Satin Bow Platform shoes from New Look, and they look alot more expensive than the £20 price tag.  The heel height is 12.5cm and they have a hidden platform, with open toe and side.  The tiered bow adds a cute touch and all the curved lines make for a funky yet sexy shoe.  These would look gorgeous with a short wedding dress  for a touch of Dita Von Teese style.

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Debenhams Wedding Dress
Debenhams Wedding Dress

Well if the range of wedding dresses from designers such as Julien MacDonald, Pearce II Fionda and Ben De Lisi at Debenhams were not cheap enough for you, they certainly will be now with many dresses having 25% to 50% off the original price.  Take this one shoulder corsage dress from the Star by Julien MacDonald range which was originally £200 and is now an absolute bargain at £100.  The multi flower corsage to the shoulder gives this simple dress a beautifully feminine feel which needs very little accessorising.  Debenhams New Season Spectacular offers upto 25% off between March 4th and March 7th, so with the rate of interest at it’s lowest level ever, it’s time to bag some bargains and get the economy moving too (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!).

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Pink Wedding Dress
Pink Wedding Dress

So you love the designer wedding dress look but can’t afford the price tag that goes with it.  Copplestones Bridal is a wedding dress designer outlet based in Liverpool where you can pick up a dress from between £99 to £299.  The wedding dresses are from designers such as Amanda Wyatt, Charlotte Balbier and Raylia Designs, to name but a few and are sourced from the designer, manufacturers and bridal salons due to cancelled orders, over orders or from samples and last seasons stock.  This beautiful pink wedding dress pictured is £299, well worth a trip to Liverpool for.

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BHS Wedding Outfit

We’ve bought you some of the amazing value wedding dresses and outfits from BHS before, but there is a story in the press today of a wedding outfit for £100…..wrong…..this one is just £70!  OK I’m not adding the shoes into this ensemble, but I think you have to be careful with shoes since you’ll be wearing them all day and you need to have comfortable shoes to take you through to the evening.  The ivory pinch pleat skirt is £50 and the satin bodice is £20, now I’m not a maths expert, but that makes £70 and is a fantastic price if you are planning a budget wedding.  Now there will be many a fashion and wedding ‘expert’ who will say that you’re not going to get superb quality and design for that price, and there’s nothing like going to a specialist boutique where you will be made to feel very special (spending at least £1000 you’ve paid for that service!) but I bought my dress from Ebay for £40, and no the quality wasn’t great, but no-one could tell, and when I spilt red wine down it in the evening, I really wasn’t bothered.  I admit that I do love some of the designer dresses available and if I’d had years rather than weeks to plan my wedding I probably would have got caught up in the dress buying experience, but I do know that you don’t have to pay a fortune for your wedding dress to feel like a princess!

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Paquita Halter Neck Dress

Previously the Monsoon collection of wedding dresses, although very good value for money, were perhaps perceived to be most suitable for second weddings or wedding abroad.  This Paquita Halter Dress however with it’s beautiful vine styled beading detail under the bust would be suitable to wear for any type of wedding.  It’s ivory silk satin with a halter neck and costs £225.00.  This is the sort of dress that needs very little accessorising except for a pearl bracelet and earrings and simple shoes.

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How sweet are these little Cinderella chocolate shoes from Funky Fudge Factory!  They come in a pack of two wrapped in a clear cellophane bag, tied with a ribbon of your choice, you can also choose what sort of chocolate you would like, all for 65p, what a bargain.  You can have a personalised wedding message tag added for 10p each or double them up as name places by having guest name tags for an extra 20p each, which brings your spend on name places and favours in at 85p each, now that’s cheap!  Don’t worry if you’re not into Disney (I’d be into anything for chocolate) there are plenty of other items to fit your theme such as roses, lilies, butterflies and hearts.

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Buttercup-rose bath melt favours, well it certainly beats sugared almonds for an unusual favour.  These are really sweet little cupcake style bath melts with a real rose on top from Treasured Favours.  They come packaged in tissue with a box that can be decorated to match your colour scheme and they are a great price at £2.60, what’s more you don’t have to leave the men out as there is an aromatherapy spice melts range available.  If you want something even cheaper then there is an organza bag with scented soap favour which costs just £1.20.