Plan an late afternoon / evening wedding (4pm - 6pm) then invite guests for a wedding buffet in a local hotel / sports hall etc. Allow a budget of say €4,000 for catering and buy your wedding cake for a reasonable price from somewhere like Marks & Spencer (decorate with flowers in a co-ordinating colour). Make your own table confetti with a heart shaped hole punch and metallic paper and decorate the room yourself with colour co-ordinated balloons etc for under €200.00 - the room look really special. Buy the Bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses in a high street store (M&S, Debenhams or BHS) and similarly arrange suit hire from the same store. Set a budget of under €1000.00 for dresses and suit hire and do ask a friend to do hair makeup etc for the bride. If you know anyone with a digital camera who can take a decent photo ask them to act as photographer for the day. Select the photos you like best and have them printed in a professional photo shop for a fraction of the cost. Buy your own wedding album and make simple but elegant invitations (its easy after the first few!) No-one will miss a booklet for the ceremony so skip that bit if you wish. After the buffet your guests probaly won't care too much about the music source so ask the hotel if you can bring some CD's or your own compliation to play for the evening. Nominate a friend to be DJ for the night. If you plan well and stick to the budget you can easily have a very memorable wedding for a fraction of the cost!
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