Want an A-list day on a Z-list budget? These fabulous packages mean you can achieve the day of your dreams without breaking the bank! Emily Berryman reveals how to plan a budget wedding that is still amazing!
Wed in a windmill!
Where? Cley Windmill, Norfolk
The deal: If you prefer quirky over conventional, this cosy mill on the north Norfolk coast is well worth checking out! Brimming with fabulous photo opportunities, guests with be thrilled by the pretty round rooms, cosy fireplaces and rustic beams. And the best bit? Exclusive hire with all the trimmings can be yours for as little as £3,665! This includes one night mid-week accommodation for 20 guests, a chic canapé and prosecco drinks reception followed by a decadent three-course meal with wine for 24 people – the only problem is, you may never want to leave.
Get hitched in the capital!
Where? Hotel Russell, London
The deal: If you want an iconic celebration on a shoestring, this opulent hotel in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury is hard to beat! Offering a range of packages to suit all budgets, get more bang for your buck by plumping for the ‘Perfect Day Package’, which will keep a party of 50 elegantly wined and dined for a very pocket-friendly £3,995! Including your own wedding coordinator, a sumptuous three-course spread, fizz and a complementary first night stay for the newlyweds – a DJ or yummy canapés will also be thrown in to make sure your day goes with a bang.
Where? Cotswold Water Park Hotel, Gloucestershire
The deal: Craving a Cotswolds wedding? Brilliantly, this luxury four star hotel offers an impressive all-inclusive package for celebrations held during January and February, starting from £4,995. Including all the essentials – from room hire for your ceremony and reception, a top notch wedding breakfast for 60 people and an evening buffet for 100 – plenty of coo- inducing extras will be thrown in for good measure such as a red carpet welcome and use of the picture-perfect lake for your wedding snaps!
Where? Combermere Abbey, Shropshire
The deal: For a bespoke day full of breath- taking views and Happily Ever After charm, this spectacular Abbey offers “Magical Winter” and “Marry in March” packages for an impressive £4,500 – saving you £1,300 off the usual hire rate! Available for weddings held on Fridays and Saturdays during the months of November, December and March, this price includes exclusive use of the Victorian Glass House and Walled Garden Pavilion, a first night stay in the cosy Stone Lodge, plus oodles more lovely goodies such as a champagne breakfast hamper and use of a vintage car. Well, a bride needs to make an entrance!
Take to The Thames!
Where? Runnymede-on-Thames, Windsor
The deal: For a wedding with real wow factor, this beautiful hotel offers an “Unconventional Package” for £135 per person – which means you can party with 35 of your nearest and dearest and still come in under the £5k budget! Including venue hire for your civil ceremony, a delicious riverside three-course barbeque and four-hour riverboat cruise, complete with stunning views and your own banging DJ – why stay on land when you can take your party to the river?
Where? South Farm, Cambridgeshire
The deal: For couples who prefer to do things a little differently, this gorgeously rustic venue offers an amazing “Intimate Winter Wedding Mid-week Package”, which costs £3,750 for 40 people. Including a romantic civil ceremony in The Old Dairy, a hot buffet wedding breakfast and bacon butties for the evening reception – some drinks, the dance floor and use of the bridal suit are also included. A few pounds still left in your wedding piggybank? We recommend paying a bit extra for your guests to spend the night in restored – and very cute! – gypsy caravans.
Where? The Royal Toby, Rochdale
The deal: For matrimony that won’t max out your credit cards, The Royal Toby
have created a bargain off-peak ‘Sapphire Package’ for couples who get married on any day but Saturday! Catering for 50 day and 100 evening guests, everything from your ceremony and reception room hire to a three-course meal and evening buffet are included – plus wedding essentials like your DJ, linens, and centrepieces. Result!
Hire a castle!
Where? Lumley Castle, County Durham
The deal: Think a castle wedding is out of reach? Refreshingly Lumley’s ‘Fairytale Package’ means history-loving couples can now enjoy all the grandeur of high society for as little as £2,500! Say ‘I do’ in one of Lumley’s magnificent state rooms before enjoying a formal three-course wedding breakfast fit for a king, for 40 people. An evening buffet and first night stay in one of the castle’s grand bedrooms is also included, so you are guaranteed to feel like royalty.
Get hitched at Gretna!
Where? Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green
The deal: For a Scottish bash with your nearest and dearest, what could be more special than becoming Mr and Mrs in the UK’s wedding capital, Gretna Green? Exchange your vows in the famous Blacksmiths Shop in front of 18 guests before heading to the swanky Smiths Hotel for a yummy three-course wedding breakfast and evening spread of sausage sarnies and chips. A steal at £2,375, this package also includes your wedding photos, cake, toasts and first night stay.
Where? Stapleford Park Country House Hotel, Leicestershire
The deal: A secret hideaway for countless celebs, if you are looking for a small but perfectly formed celebration, this sprawling estate is a must-visit. Offering a spend-savvy ‘Intimate Package’ at £115 per person (available for small weddings held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays), doing our marital maths, this means you could bag the tranquil grounds, a stylish drinks reception and three-course wedding breakfast for 30 people for just £3,450. Cha-ching!
Go big on a budget!
Where? Carlton Park Hotel, South Yorkshire
The deal: If pruning your guest-list just isn’t an option, this fab venue has drawn together a ‘Diamond Package’ where you can cater for 70 day and 120 evening guests for just £3,995! Including a three-course wedding breakfast and evening buffet, plus top notch extras like a master of ceremonies, fresh flowers and your all-important disco, this is an all-inclusive package that really does include it all!
Feel like a princess!
Where? Milton Hill House, Oxfordshire
The deal: Where tradition meets modern luxury, this gorgeous Georgian manor is hidden away amongst 20 acres of tranquil parkland and has five beautiful suits available to host your civil ceremony. For just £3,495 the ‘Fairytale Package’ pays for a sumptuous three-course wedding breakfast for 50 guests, bacon butties for 75 evening guests and lots of tempting treats such as a romantic first anniversary stay and complementary gym membership for the bride and groom. What could be more romantic than sharing a treadmill?