Thrifty bride KNITS her own dress and hunts out crockery from charity shops for 5,000 recession weddingLydia Tayler, 26, made her dress for under 200 using 300g of yarn and 100,000 stitches
15:44 GMT, 18 July 2012
17:51 GMT, 18 July 2012
When Lydia Tayler and Ash Pears wanted to hold their dream wedding and still have money left over to buy a house, they knew they needed to be inventive.
And thanks to Lydia's handicraft skills, they managed to hold a wedding for just 5,000 – nearly 15,000 cheaper than the cost of the average wedding.
She knitted her own dress, decked out the reception with homemade
bunting and served nearly 80 guests on crockery scavenged from charity
shops and car boot sales.
Wool you marry me Lydia with her with husband Ashley in the wedding dress she knitted herself
She and husband Ash got their big day for a snip – 5,000 compared
to the 20,248 average bill which the bridal industry says couples face
in 2012 for their big day.
It allowed the happy couple to splash out on a 18 night dream honeymoon
in Bali and Singapore and have enough left over for a deposit on a new
One of the biggest savings was on the wedding dress which Lydia, 26,
knocked up for less than 200 – using a 3.99 pair of knitting needles.
Lydia, of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, spent four months
making a made-to-measure dress which would make 26-year-old Ash proud,
using 300g of yarn and 100,000 stitches.
She said: 'I looked at a few dresses first but only for inspiration. I
did try a couple on but had already set my mind to knitting my own.
'I did not look at the price tags but I know from my friends' wedding they would have cost a fortune.
'Even if we had had the money to spend on a big wedding we would not
have done it. What most people spend is a very good deposit for a house.
Handy: The 26-year-old who has been knitting since the age of 6, spent
four months hand knitting the woollen dress, which featured over 100,000
'If we had won the National Lottery the only change we would have made is a free bar for our friends.
'Everyone just loved my dress. They could not stop looking at it and
taking photographs. It was lovely to wear – not only nice and warm but
as light as lace because I used very fine yarn.
'Knitting is a huge part of my life and I always knew I would want it to
form some part of our wedding – I just didn't set out for it to play
such a huge role.
'The dress is the hardest, and most important, garment I have ever made but I'm so glad I did it.'
After the ceremony in Huddersfield Town Hall the wedding party moved onto a reception at the local rugby club.
Lydia handmade her own bouquet using fabric flowers and a vintage brooch
Lydia and her family decorated the conference suite with home-made
bunting and fed the 78 guests off crockery from car boot sales and
She carried a bouquet of stitched together fabric and fake flowers and
handed out home-made wedding gifts of pear pin cushions made out of
Lydia – now Lydia Pears – has been knitting for ten years and runs a wool shop called Spun in Huddersfield's Byram Arcade.
Video director Ash works with the rock stars of the future including
Ginger Wildheart whose fan-funded album was at one stage said to be
out-selling the likes of Rihanna and Coldplay in the UK charts.
The couple's savings were boosted by the home-spun ceremony and they are now ready to buy a home big enough to raise a family.
She continued: 'Most of the guests had no idea that I would be wearing a
knitted wedding dress and many refused to believe I had made it.
'My dad even joked in his speech that I'd knitted myself a husband, although of course that isn't true.
'If someone else was considering knitting their own dress, I'd tell them
to go for it.
'There's nothing better than walking down the aisle
knowing you've got a totally unique dress on and one that you've made
yourself. Just make sure you leave yourself plenty of time.'