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Sadie Macleod, 29, and Nick Reid, 27 Married in April 2013 She Says

‘i’ve always loved the home i grew up in so it seemed natural that this is where we would hold our reception. Te garden isn’t huge, but it has the most incredible setting at the top of a valley, giving it amazing views of the English countryside. However, we quickly found having a wedding at home wasn’t as cost cutting as we thought it would be!

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Once you factor in the price of the marquee, fooring, tables, chairs and extra “whoops, forgot that” costs, such as generators and Portaloos (we wanted plush ones), it all adds up! We did make savings elsewhere: photographer Wendy Aldiss is a great friend of my father’s, so we were able to wrangle mates’ rates.

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Te same goes for our beautiful cake, which was designed by a family friend and was entirely dairy-free (as I am lactose intolerant). To keep the costs down further we displayed the cake on a piece of cut wood that was sourced from the cake designer’s garden!

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One great thing about having a wedding at home is that you are not restricted to certain suppliers – it meant that we were able to shop around for deals, and there are no corkage fees or hidden costs.’ sadie’s top tips ‘Work out early on where you can cut corners and where you know you want to splurge so you avoid arguments later. Flowers were an important part of the overall look for me so we budgeted for this.

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At the same time, I decided that the simpler the food, the better, so we kept costs down there. Also, borrow where you can! A friend lent us bunting, which we threw over all the hedgerows lining our driveway, and Nick got to drive us away from the church in my father’s classic white Porsche 911 possibly the highlight of his day!’

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The Dress £2,500, charliebrear.com. I bought it on my first visit to the shop, and got 10% off, Plus, I bought the display shoes also discounted! The Venue £12,000. We had a church wedding in Milland, West Sussex, followed by an outdoor party in a marquee (wigwammarquees.com) at my family home.

The caTering £6,000 for three courses, twomanycooks.com, and £2,000 for alcohol. We had lots of Middle-Eastern inspired food and big bowls of lovely salads. We did our own cheese board and served our wedding cake for dessert rather than having a separate pudding. As well as wine, we sourced local ale and splurged on Taittinger champagne.

It was so much cheaper buying in bulk, and it felt great to provide guests with drinks all night! The cake Free! Our friend baked us a dairy- free cake (sugareccentric.com). The Decor Candles, tealights and wedding signs, £500, coxandcox.co.uk. I wanted the overall look to be enchantingly wild. The Flowers £5,000, realflowers.co.uk The enTerTainmenT £500 – we had a DJ. The PhoTograPher From £1,500, wendyaldissportraitsandweddings.co.uk.

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