Belfast bride saved over £17,000 on her wedding with brilliant ideas

Lauren says getting married in a fairytale setting might seem out of most people’s budget, but it’s doable as long as you do your research.

A Belfast bride has told how she saved £15,000 (around €17,469) on her wedding with a few money-saving hacks.

Lauren and Adam Kennedy tied the knot at Glenariff Forest Park in Antrim on a budget of just £6,000 (just under €7,000).

They didn’t want the costs to get in the way of having their dream day, so they started thinking outside the box.

“While planning my wedding, I was surprised how quickly the costs started to add up, so my partner and I decided to get creative and find ways to cut costs without skimp on quality,” Lauren said.

We managed to save thousands of pounds, and I now have a dedicated Instagram and TikTok to help other couples plan their dream day for the best possible price.

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Lauren says getting married in a fairytale setting surrounded by nature might seem out of most people’s budget, but it’s doable as long as you do your research thoroughly.

“My husband and I fell in love with the beautiful surroundings of Glenariff Forest Park in Northern Ireland and knew we wanted to get married there.”

After some research, she found a quaint restaurant in Forest Park.

Her advice to other brides is to seek out venues that aren’t typically used for weddings.

“Research public outdoor spaces that could host your wedding and contact the local council to see what they have to offer.

“[When] speaking with the owner of the restaurant, we found out that we could get married near the waterfall and the restaurant could accommodate our reception.”

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Renting the space costs around £1,300 with estimated savings of up to £10,000!

Lauren and Adam have also saved up to £2,000 on suits and dresses for the groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids by renting them out.

Rental shops often offer a tailoring service. Lauren adds that her husband is 6ft 7in and says, “We found a local store that we could rent costumes from, and they could adjust them to fit perfectly!”

The couple also created a free wedding website instead of sending out paper invitations.

This can save you around £200 and is also a greener option than traditional paper invitations.

The couple also did a lot of DIY and called on family and friends to help. Some of their wedding DIY ideas included growing a willow arch, decorating the restaurant, making a photo booth, and dried confetti.

She estimates that by doing some of the decorating themselves, they saved at least £1,000!

Lauren shared her story with diamond factory ireland.

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