Overwhelmed! help help help....
So, We haven't actually sat down and even begun to plan 'officially' yet.... But, I know our budget will be tiny (around £2,000 - £3,000!)
This might not be quite so scary, if we could limit the guest list, fix a date 'out of season'... BUT... my H2B has a huuuge family, and I can't take holidays outside of school term dates ( ).
We have agreed that only friends and immediate family will be invited to the ceremony and breakfast - this means approx 50 day guests... and around 70 extra evening guests!
I'd call myself an 'unbridesy bride' ... but i still want a perfect day. We've talked about the idea of a registry office for the ceremony, but need to think about reception ideas... I don't like the idea of a harsh room or hotel venue, but a barn venue will be way out of our budget (i predict!) ...
.... are there any 'pretty' village halls or alternative venues in or around surrey, that won't mean we have to start married life in heaps of debt?!
In terms of food, we were thinking perhaps an Afternoon Tea style breakfast, and an evening hog roast buffet? - I need to get more information in terms of quotes etc, but i cant imagine it'll be more expensive than the traditional sit down meal?
I'm happy to put in the work in terms of table centres and stationary, which should save a bit of money.... and I'm happy to consider alternative decorations for a venue other than flowers. In terms of bouquets, I love Gypsophila - which apparently is a more affordable flower, so a small bouquet for bridesmaids, and for myself (The only non-negotiable) a Sunflower, which is very sentimental for me. My Dad wants to pay for my Wedding dress, so long as not the price of a small car!
Neither of us really know anyone who would have the creative/professional skills to be able to call in favours unfortunately... so it really is down to what we can afford!
ANY help gratefully received!