YOUR wedding is one of the biggest days of your life and one that few brides would be prepared to scrimp on.
This was certainly the case for Harriet Mace, from Peterborough, who had her sights set on a stately home, a designer dress and a champagne reception.
And with a budget of £35,000 burning a hole in her back pocket as soon as her partner Ben, 23, popped the question on a picnic in September 2021 Harriet, 24, was ready as the next bride to spend big on her big day.
However, as data analyst Ben and social worker Harriet prepared to shell deposits on possible venues the UK’s cost of living skyrocketed leaving the couple questioning their options.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous, Harriet says: “We didn’t want to spend as much as a house deposit on the wedding.
“With bills going up and generally the cost of everything rising we decided it would be obscene to splash thousands on one day.
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“In order to keep our bank account well fed over the winter months, we reduced our budget
to £10,000, less than a third of our original budget and we didn’t quite spend that.”
While the couple, who met at York university in 2018, agreed that narrowing their budget was essential, Harriet admits the idea took some coming round to.
“I had always dreamt about my wedding so it was tricky to adjust my view of how I thought it might be,” she says.
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