A couple have revealed that they have only spent £ 1, 100 on their big day – despite the fact that they have treated their guests for an Indian takeaway and two wedding cakes.
Newlyweds Michelle and John Walton, both 50 years old, lived on the Isle of Wight and were determined to get married cheaply and wanted to save the money they had saved while traveling abroad or renovating their house instead.
They cut costs by buying a second-hand dress, spend the afternoon in the Wetherspoon courtyard for free and serve their guests £ 1 home-made wine.
& # 39; Weddings are just a major contradiction with companies that extort people for what they want to be their special day & # 39 ;, Michelle told The Sun.
& # 39; This was my fourth marriage and John's second and we knew we wanted to make it simple and cheap. & # 39;
Michelle and John Walton, both 50 years old, lived on the Isle of Wight and were determined to get married cheaply and spent just £ 1.00 on their wedding day
The couple (photo) held the reception at a local land register instead of a lush location, which saved them thousands of pounds
The happy couple met in 2013 at police work, but did not continue their first official date three years later – after seeing each other's profiles on a dating site.
Then, in July 2018, John threw the question into the romantic setting of Fort Victoria Country Park on the Isle of Wight.
It wasn't long before they planned their budget wedding and Michelle went to a local charity shop to find the perfect second-hand dress.
& # 39; I never looked at expensive dresses & # 39 ;, Michelle told the publication. & # 39; I would have felt dirty if I did. & # 39;
The expectant bride found one for the bargain price of £ 15 and combined it with white sneakers she already had – and since then she has worn her out because she has worn it at a theme party and is participating in a charity run.
John again wore an old suit and earned £ 20 on a new shirt, while Michelle & # 39; s only bridesmaid Karen wore a dress that she bought on eBay for £ 10.
And while Michelle paid just £ 49 for her wedding and engagement rings, John chose not to buy anything at all because he is unable to wear jewelry because of his job in construction.
& # 39; I opted for silver rings with cubic zirconia, because to me it looks like platinum and diamonds, & # 39; said Michelle.
Guests have attended a lunchtime party at their local Wetherspoon, which costs £ 600, before spending the afternoon free in the courtyard
The newlyweds had two wedding cakes – albeit not traditional. The first was a savory pie with pork pie at Spoon & # 39; s do and the second with a £ 2 Lidl sponge
They also spent £ 5 on fake flowers and asked their friend to capture the moments from their shopping day – which would reduce the cost of a professional photographer.
But one of the biggest savings was the location, since the couple held the reception at a local land register rather than a lush location.
The 70 guests then went for lunch at their local Wetherspoon, which cost £ 600, and they rented the courtyard for the afternoon, which was free.
For £ 5.39 per person, they also ordered meals – including South-fried chicken wraps and ham and cheese paninis, before £ 222 was spent on bottles of sparkling rose and soft drinks.
& # 39; It was so good & # 39; n good value, & # 39; said Michelle to the publication. & # 39; There were no pretentious snacks, just nice and tasty food, beer, and we had the courtyard fenced for ourselves. & # 39;
Michelle, who bought her dress from a local charity shop for just £ 15, has worn it on various other occasions – also at a theme party and to participate in a charity run. John was again wearing an old suit, but spent £ 20 on a fresh new white shirt
& # 39; In the evening, guests were treated to a local Indian takeaway consisting of lamb roast, chicken rogan josh, rice and garlic naans, which totaled £ 200
Saving money until the end of the night, Michelle and John organized the evening party at their home, with 20 of their loved ones.
Suppressing their appetite for hunger, they ordered a local Indian takeaway consisting of lamb madras, chicken rogan josh, rice and garlic naans, which came to £ 200 – and wash it all off with homemade wine that cost just £ 1 per bottle .
As for the cakes, the couple had two – one hearty pork pie cake at Weatherspoon and a £ 2 Lidl sponge.
& # 39; My husband is a Yorkshireman so we had to have a cake, but only the top of the three layers was real – that was a pigtail from Morrisons & # 39 ;, Michelle explained.
& # 39; The second two layers were hollow dough layers that I made and baked myself. I then decorated a few wine corks to look like a bride and a groom and put them on top – did a job! & # 39;
Michelle (above) added a personal touch to the hearty pie with meat pie. Only the top of the three layers was real, because the other two were hollow layers that she made and baked herself. She then decorated wine corks to look like a bride and groom and put them on top