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Frugal bride spends just £500 on wedding and ends up making a profit from gifts

The money savvy bride was able to cut costs by calling in the help of her friends, using second hand decorations and buying her dress online

Staci, 31, and Grant, 37, tied the knot in a budget wedding that cost them just £500

A money saving bride spent just £500 on her big day, and even made a profit after receiving cash in gifts on the big day.

Bride Staci Gibson, 31, celebrated her marriage to Grant, 37, on a small budget complete with a registry office ceremony, a white dress and buffet reception.

The happy couple from the West Midlands had a Covid wedding which meant that only 30 people could attend, but this meant that the cost was dramatically reduced.

The newlyweds were able to pull off the wedding by using some savvy ideas to cut the cost.

For her wedding look, Staci bought her wedding dress from ASOS which, thanks to a promo code, was a bargain at just £56.

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Staci’s dress cost just £56 on ASOS
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She paired the dress with a homemade bouquet, £10 Primark heels and accessories from Claire’s.

A friend was able to do her bridal hair and makeup, and another friend who is a baker gifted them with a cake.

She said: “We saved money on the things we thought were unnecessary like favours and gifts for the bridal party.

“Focus on why you’re getting married and who you want there not the bits no one remembers anyway.”









Staci added: “My friend is a seamstress and she altered my dress for free and she made the girls their bridesmaid dresses. I paid just £30 for the material.

“Even Grant had a discount on his suit, which we bought from Next and used a family discount rather than hire from a wedding shop.”

The couple even saved money on their wedding rings, as Grant decided to use his dad’s wedding ring and Staci exchanged her engagement ring that had broken for a new set including an engagement ring and wedding band.



She was able to get her engagement and wedding ring in an exchange
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Staci and Grant tied the knot in a local registry office with Staci’s daughters Morgan, 10 and Shelby 8, and the couple’s son Jett, 2 by their side.

They invited their guests back to their new house for a reception which included a buffet that Staci and her daughter’s had prepared earlier that day and second hair decorations.

The mum of three said: “It only cost £160 to get married at a local registry, it looks like a church and the building was perfect for photos.

“We are glad it was a small wedding with 30 guests, it was perfect for us, not just for the money we saved, but for how we imagined our day would be.

“No part of me really wanted a big fancy wedding, it would have been money wasted so I have no regrets on how we did it, It was perfect for us.”

She added: “I did all the food and drink with my daughter’s on the morning of the wedding, before we got ready.



The cake was gifted to them by a friend and the decorations were bought second hand
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“Our friend is a baker and she made our cake as a wedding gift to us, it was beautiful.”

However, one place that the couple were willing to splurge was on the wedding pictures.

“The photos are our memories of the day and that’s something you can’t put a price on, we wanted to make sure we had the photos to look back on our special day.

After the wedding, the happy couple were shocked to realise that they had received more money in gifts than what they spent on the wedding.

Their generous family and friends had given them £800, meaning they made a profit of £300 on the day.

Staci said: “I was amazed if I’m honest, I opened cards and gifts and couldn’t believe it.



The couple held a small reception in their new home
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“So many people start married life in debt with a huge bill for the wedding day and we had actually made money from our wedding day.

“We have amazing family and friends who helped us do things cheaply and who were so generous with their gifts. We so are lucky.”

Staci and Grant spent the money on doing up their new home, which Staci said was the “responsible” thing to do.

She said: ” I am very money conscious. My dad taught me well in life and said it’s not how much money you have but what you do with it.

“A simple wedding isn’t a bad wedding.”


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