AISLE be damned! Weddings are back . . . albeit on a more modest scale.
If you plan to get hitched this year, these savvy tips have the “vow” factor.
Paper mate: Get creative pals to help you design your invites then make them by hand to fit your theme.
You can find free designs to download online.
Or have a lot at notonthehighstreet.com, where they can cost as little as £1 per invite.
Bloom not bust: A smaller ceremony means you can save plenty of dosh on flowers.
Bag a bargain at your local supermarket or a wholesale florist, depending on how many you want.
You can then arrange them yourself or get your friends to help out.
Try tying your bunches with a coloured ribbon to match your bridesmaid dresses.
Or buy bunches of artificial flowers for as little as £3.50 at Dunelm.
They won’t wilt in the summer heat and will still look fabulous in photos.
Bargain bake: You can make serious savings if you or a skilled family member are able to make your cake.
If you have a baker pal, the cake could be their wedding present.
For those less confident in the kitchen, why not go for something different?
I love the idea of a tower of doughnuts.
You can pick up a pack of 12 iced doughnuts for £2.75 at Asda.
Or try a mountain of macaroons instead.
I like the boxes of 12 multi-coloured macaroons, £3 at Iceland.
You can dress them up with extra flowers if you fancy something more flamboyant.
Save on favours: You can save dosh on wedding favours by checking out smaller sellers on eBay, Esty and Facebook Marketplace.
With countless handmade treats to choose from, there is sure to be something to fit your theme.
I found some great pieces for just 45p each or so — a massive saving on hitting the shops.
Deal of the day
TO mark its birthday, Krispy Kreme is giving away a free doughnut with purchases before Sunday if your own birthday is between March 23 and July 3.
Just show ID.
BUY a £1.99 Kind bar at Holland & Barrett and get a second half-price.
I like the Dark Choc Nuts & Sea Salt.