Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Where It All Started . . .

50s wedding montage

Since it was my own 50s style wedding that inspired me to start this blog, I thought it would be a good place to begin.

We had been putting off our wedding for quite some time, citing a serious lack of funding as our major stumbling block. A mere 13 years on (yes really), and still brassic, we decided it was 'now or never' and dived into organising our 50s style wedding on a budget!

Our June date was agreed and we booked a civil ceremony in a quaint village hall in Willaston on The Wirral, followed by a party with a hog roast for 180 guests at a larger village hall down the road.

A friendly neighbour provided his fabulous 50s car at a snip and I had organised to have my dress made at a very reasonable price. My lovely mum put the finishing touches to it which made it truly unique!

50s wedding dress

We accidentally found the most amazing photographer who was building her wedding portfolio at the time It was a stroke of genius by Anna that lead us to our perfect photo location, a railway station preserved in all its 1950s glory, which happened to be just down the road from the hall!

We worked really hard on the days leading up to the wedding, and with the kind help of our friends and family made all the decorations including bouquets and buttonholes from pink flowers, our cupcake tower, and a yummy candy buffet all in time for the big day!

Cupcake wedding cake candy buffet

All the hard work paid off and we had the most amazingly fun 50s style wedding day that we will never forget!

50s style wedding on a budget tips

Some of our money saving tips for budget brides to be:
• Get married as late as possible and go straight into the evening bash
• Have a local dressmaker create your ideal dress or try ebay
• Hire a village hall for the reception
• Skip the sit down meal and have a buffet or hog roast instead
• Make your own invitations, decorations and flowers
• Do your own hair and make up if you are brave enough!


  1. Hi there, can I ask where did you have your dress made and how much you paid for it? thanks! xx Cecilia

  2. Hi Cecilia, mine was a bit of a home made job! I will be doing some posts on dress suppliers very soon but in the meantime if you want to drop me an email at I can suggest some suppliers for you :)

  3. Your wedding was adorable! Super cute :O)

  4. ah thanks, I'm in no rush as we won't be able to get married before September 2011 :-/ I'll just keep an eye on your blog for your precious tips then!! x

  5. Hi, love the site and has provided me with inspiration for my own wedding at the end of the year. For coconut skin, my dress is similar, and it will be ebayed in late February. Long time to wait, but if you haven't found one by then it might be an option. x