A thrifty couple may have had the UK's cheapest wedding by spending just £ 300 on their big day – including an eBay dress for £ 10 and Chancellor Rishi Sunak's discount for dinner with Brewers Fayre.
Sweetheart kids Chelsea-Marie and Hayden Davies, both 25 years old, from Glastonbury, Somerset, originally had a larger £ 1,000 celebration planned for July with a DJ, photo booth and children's entertainment booked for the reception.
But when the coronavirus struck, their plans were foiled and the ruined duo had to cancel the wedding.
When lockdown restrictions subsided, they opted for an intimate August ceremony and full-time mom Chelsea-Marie said of British Army soldier Hayden, who wore an eBay dress for £ 10.
Chelsea-Marie and Hayden Davies, both 25 and from Glastonbury, Somerset, decided to celebrate their wedding on a budget after being forced to cancel the lavish £ 1,000 affair planned for July
To save the penny, the couple bought their outfits from retailers and eBay and enjoyed the wedding breakfast with their two guests at a nearby Brewers Fayre
They even saved their transportation by hitching free elevators from their two wedding guests instead of looking for an expensive wedding car to get them from the ceremony to Brewers Fayre
Budget wedding anniversary – total cost
Notice of marriage – £ 70 (£ 35 each)
Taunton registry office for basic ceremony – £ 57
Wedding dress – £ 10 (eBay)
veil – £ 1.50 (eBay)
Chelsea-Marie's shoes – Already possessed
Chelsea-Marie's gold wedding ring – £ 80
Hayden's golden wedding ring – £ 30 (eBay)
Hayden's suit – £ 30 (peacocks)
Hayden's shoes – £ 20 (Sports Direct)
Chelsea-Marie's hair and make-up – Free (made by sister)
Wedding transportation – Free (everyone got elevators from friends / family)
Wedding breakfast – Brewers Fayre Meals – Smothered Chicken (£ 9.79, £ 4.90 discount) Lasagna £ 9.39 (£ 4.70 discount)
TOTAL = £ 308.10
After the ceremony, the couple and their two guests enjoyed Brewers Fayre's meals – using the Eat Out to Help Out program.
The newly wed Chelsea-Marie claims that couples don't have to flaunt their bank accounts for weddings and that doing it cheaper is more romantic and less stressful.
Chelsea-Marie said, “We chose a budget wedding because we didn't want any fuss, we just wanted it to be about us.
“We talked about it and came to an agreement that we just wanted it to be small, intimate and romantic.
“It was so much easier, there was less pressure, you weren't worried at all. It was just us at the moment, as it should be.
“Really expensive weddings can almost turn into a circus. I've spoken to a couple of people from wedding groups who said they are struggling to budget £ 20,000 and I'm like "what?"
& # 39; Our original plans, a registry office wedding and then a celebration at a Royal British Legion club with a DJ, photo booth and children's entertainment for 115 guests would cost a little over £ 1,000.
“What we ended up doing was only £ 300.
“Since the wedding was on a Wednesday, we were even able to use the Eat Out to Help Out program and received a 50 percent discount on our meals.
"My sister told me about it the day before the wedding. Thanks to Rishi, our day was even cheaper."
As lockdown restrictions eased, Chelsea-Marie and Hayden decided to continue their wedding on August 19th at the Taunton Registry Office.
Childhood sweethearts, pictured together when they were 18, were devastated when they had to cancel their July wedding due to coronavirus, and desperate to tie the knot, they decided to do so on a budget instead
The couple said "I do" at a local registry office in August. Full-time mom Chelsea-Marie wore a £ 10 wedding dress she found on eBay and a £ 1.50 veil from the online retailer
The newlyweds hope to show other couples planning to get married that they don't have to charge their bank accounts at weddings and that it is more romantic and less stressful to do it cheaper
The couple opted for a simple 30-minute ceremony followed by low-key celebrations. Only Chelsea-Marie's sister Catrina Guest and her boyfriend James Piper were present as witnesses.
Chelsea-Marie, mother of four-year-old Elliot, was aware of the cost and snatched a veil on eBay for £ 1.50. She wore shoes she already owned and had her hair and make-up done by roofer sister Catrina.
Hayden wore a suit from budget retailer Peacocks and rounded off the look with £ 20 worth of shoes from Sports Direct.
After the ceremony, their two guests drove the two to a nearby Brewers Fayre – taking advantage of the government's Eat Out to Help Out program
The couple opted for a no-fuss wedding and instead opted for a small, intimate affair that Chelsea-Marie said was romantic and far less punchy. Pictured with her two guests: Chelsea-Marie's sister Catrina, 35, and her 36-year-old boyfriend James Piper
Chelsea-Marie said, “I bought my wedding dress from a Chinese seller on eBay for £ 10.
“I was looking for cheap and cheerful wedding dresses because I didn't want to spend a lot.
“I thought it was beautiful and different, I showed it to Hayden and he liked it too.
“I didn't get the chance to try it on beforehand, I just prayed that it would suit me. When it arrived I tried it on and really liked it.
When I showed up at the registry office, Hayden's face lit up and said I look beautiful and he hit (over his weight).
Shocked to hear that some of their friends had spent up to £ 20,000 on their weddings, the couple had never planned to spend that much – with a budget of £ 1,000 on their ceremony that they had planned for July
The couple's meal at the local Brewers Fayre in Glastonbury, Somerset (pictured) was just £ 9.60 backed by Rishi Sunak's meal discounts
“I had no flowers, I see no point in having them because you will only be fiddling with them when you take your vows.
“It was a much more intimate and romantic ceremony because there was a lot less pressure and your main focus is not on the guests but on your significant other.
"It's just about the two of you becoming a husband and wife. It's not such a big deal that you have to worry that every little detail is okay."
After the couple exchanged vows, they enjoyed their first meal as husband and wife at Brewers Fayre's Glastonbury branch, enjoying discounted lasagna and chicken dishes.
The quartet then went home and changed clothes before browsing the town's shops.
Realizing they couldn't get married in July, they went to work planning their new ceremony – which no longer included the DJ, photo booths, and kid entertainment that had been booked for the reception like them originally planned
Instead of partying with a DJ as they had planned, they just celebrated a quiet meal with two guests
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, the couple had planned to spend around £ 1,000 on their wedding but ended up spending only around £ 300 – just £ 110 on their wedding rings
To get to the ceremony at the registry office, Chelsea-Marie was taken by her sister Catrina (35), who was also one of her wedding guests (left). Chelsea and Hayden (right) wanted to make the day as intimate as possible and will have a bigger celebration next year
Chelsea-Marie said: “We didn't have anything special because we didn't want an expensive day. That was the whole point, we just wanted it to be intimate.
We had dinner, had a drink, went back and changed and went into town to see the stores because it was the first time my sister and her boyfriend visited.
“We're going to have a reception sometime next year that family members can attend to celebrate because we obviously couldn't this year.
"But this was our time, this was for us to become husband and wife, and we didn't need an audience."
Thrifty Chelsea-Marie wanted other couples to know they could have an incredibly special day without breaking the bank.
The couple had a 30-minute service at the registry office in Taunton, Somerset on August 19. Pictured outside in wet August weather after saying "I do".
Chelsea-Marie, mother of four-year-old Elliot, grabbed a veil for £ 1.50 on eBay, wore shoes she already owned and had her hair and make-up done by roofer nurse Catrina
To keep costs down, Hayden wore a suit from budget retailer Peacocks and completed the look with £ 20 shoes from Sports Direct
Chelsea-Marie said, “My advice to people would be not to worry about massive things that you just want to show off at your wedding. It is not worth.
“The only thing you have a wedding for is to marry the person you love, and that's the most important part of it.
“As long as your wedding is in order, it doesn't matter how your reception or anything turns out.
"Your top wedding priority is getting married to the person you love, and if you do, what else can go wrong?"
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