A Budget + Pastel Pretty Vintage Fete Feel Wedding

budget village hall wedding

Lou and Tim (great name Lou ;-)) were married in June at their local Church and had their reception down the road at a sweet village hall in Clifford Chambers. They wanted their wedding to be within a £2500 budget, handcrafting their wedding and pulling in friends and family to help.

Lou wore a beautiful Monsoon wedding dress, and wore her pearl necklace which she also wore on her wedding day, doesn’t she look amazing?! For the reception decor they wanted a vintage village fete feel with the 1940s singer, 1930s village hall, toys, a balloon artist, and the hall decked out in the prettiest pastel decoration. Lou was that crafty she even made their wedding rings herself, how utterly lovely is that?

Thanks so much to the brilliant Casey Avenue Photography for sharing her gorgeous photography today.


pastel village hall wedding decor

Names…. Lou & Tim

Wedding Date…. 1st June 2012

The Vision for the day…. I had always said that when I got married I would like a day of celebration with friends and family and to be able to stand up in front of everybody and declare to who ever would listen that we wanted to live life’s journey together. When the discussions of weddings first started, I promised Tim that I would stick to a budget of under £2500 for the whole wedding and that the most important thing for me was to enjoy the ride and not to get stressed out with it all. He didn’t like the idea of big meringues and stuffy speeches and we both agreed we wanted it to be laid back a non traditional to reflect our personalities.

The Planning process…. I loved organising the wedding, and started with 22 weeks to go. We chose 1st June, as it was the date that Tim’s grandparents married in 1946.  I wrote lists, formed plans, drafted a budget, guest lists, phoned the most important people ( my Mum and Dad live in South Africa and my brother lives in Oz) to give them the date and set to work.  I wanted a very laid back feel to the day, I had only been to 2 weddings, my sisters when I was 8 and my brothers when I was 13, so I had no preconceptions about etiquette and rules.  It was also the first time all my family had been together in the same room in my lifetime, so I wanted lots of fun entertainment!

To help me pull all my ideas together I used Pinterest, I loved scrolling through the internet and adding images of what I was trying to achieve. It was really useful to also show this to family and friends to help them see what I was trying to create. I got lots of ideas from things other people had already done, for example, the jam jars with flowers in tied onto the end of the pews in the church, the time capsule box and the candy bar were also ideas I had seen used on the internet.

The Venue… St Helen’s Church Clifford Chambers & Clifford Chambers Village Hall

The Dress + Accessories….. My dress was the first I saw on the internet and I fell in love with it. The dress came from Monsoon and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one for me.  I glammed it up by adding flamingo pink peep toe heels and pink flowers in my hair.  My pearl necklace belonged to my paternal grandmother who I was named after, and she wore it to her wedding 80 years ago.  It made my Aunt and Dad very happy and I loved the personal touch with the past.

Groom’s attire… Tim was adamant he didn’t want to wear a Suit but I managed to get him in a tie!  Shirt – next trousers Debenhams .

The Readings + Music…. Song of soloman – auntie read who is a vicar (she didn’t marry us though!)

Beautiful bridesmaids….. I gave the bridesmaids the colour scheme and they all picked dresses in different colours to match the theme.

The Flowers… My Mum and I chose the flowers and my Niece who was also Bridesmaid arranged them as she used to be a florist.

The Cake… The cupcakes were made by my very talented friend Rebecca at Aunty Bo’s cupcakes.  I had 75 cupcakes and a top cake with a gorgeous flower on it.

Your Photographer…. My gorgeous friend Hannah Walker is a Wedding photographer and runs her own business Casey Avenue Photography. It was so lovely having her there to share the most intimate moments.

The Details + Decor…. Budget was a big factor, we wanted it to be a day of celebration not bankruptcy! We pulled in a lot of resources from our fantastic friends and family and I absolutely loved planning every detail particularly the decorations, I bought so much off ebay and designed the décor myself. My poor postman spent a few months delivering parcel after parcel, one day a whole sack arrived! I bought balloons, ribbons, table weights, table glitter, pins, tissue paper pompoms, paper table covers, napkins, jugs for the Pimms, plastic glasses, beautiful wooden signs, candy bar bits and bobs, decorations for the casino room all from eBay. I even handmade our wedding rings, I’ve made silver jewellery before but this is the first time I’ve had it hallmarked and I used my Dad’s hallmark which made them very personal to us.

The village hall was cute and very vintage with it’s pastel greens and 1930’s architecture which fit in perfectly with our Garden party/village fete/vintage with a modern twist theme! Think bunting, cupcakes and magic with dancing!! We really wanted it to be a fun day for everyone. We had giant garden toys from the local Toy Library, Tim’s old colleagues hosted black jack and roulette tables which went down brilliantly! A balloon artist and magicians entertaining kids and adults alike. All rounded off with a 1940’s singer.

We had a White 1986 BMW E28 M535 driven by its owner and one of Tim’s best mates, Duncan.  Tim is a BMW enthusiast and the original idea was to have his identical blue car behind with my Mum and sister in and then my convertible BMW with the bridesmaids. Tim was going to drive his to the church and have a bits of a boys toys moment. Unfortunately, his car broke 3 weeks before the wedding and my car broke down the morning of the Wedding!! Oh how I loved that, but that is the joy of old cars!

The Honeymoon…. Ibiza chilling enjoying the sun and sea

Memorable moments… When I saw the village hall for the first time and cried…. Seeing myself in the mirror as a bride, Also I hadn’t actually planned to have my Mum helping me get ready but it just happened that way, I love looking back at the pictures of Mum doing up my dress…. The Vicar making a big deal about how I made our wedding rings, made it feel so special. Having my 15yr old son being ring bearer and holding hands with Tim in the church as we said our vows.

Advice for other couples… You don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money on a wedding for it to be perfect. The balance at our wedding was just right, everyone had such a wicked day and Tim and I will treasure it forever.

Credit where credit is due…

Photographer – Hannah of Casey Avenue http://www.caseyavenue.co.uk
Cakes – Aunty Bo’s cupcakes http://www.auntybo.co.uk/
Singer – http://www.ladyella.co.uk/


Thanks so so much to Lou and Tim for sharing their budget beautiful wedding with us today. Proof again that you don’t need a big budget to have the perfect wedding day.


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