Something borrowed… well all of it! Thrifty couple"s austerity plan to get married for free
Something borrowed… well all of it! Thrifty couple”s austerity plan to get married for free
9:56 PM on 25th May 2011
Most brides wouldn”t be overly impressed if their future husbands suggested getting married on the cheap.
But Lyndsey McPartland actually came up with the idea.
The 29-year-old, and her fianc, David Brierley, 28, will be taking “something borrowed” more literally than most next year as they try to get everything at their wedding for free.
Happy couple: Lyndsey McPartland and David Brierley are asking their family, friends and people they”ve never met before to lend them items for their wedding
The couple want to keep costs down as they start married life together. So they have paid for the venue, but hope they can source everything else they need for the big day from generous well-wishers.
“We haven”t had any offers of things yet,” Lyndsey from Wallsend, North Tyneside, told MailOnline, “but a few people have told us they will keep a lookout.”
The pair, who have been together for four-and-a-half years, are hoping to have a vintage garden-party wedding reception.
They have placed an advert on a website called Freecycle – where people give away items they no longer want – asking for donations of vintage crockery, china, tea sets, cake stands, tablecloths, picnic blankets, cameras and scrap material.
Lyndsey isn”t leaving her wedding dress to the generosity of strangers though. She”ll be buying a vintage-themed frock and is thinking about making the bridesmaid dresses herself.
“My sister had a big wedding last year and I was shocked by how expensive everything was,” said Lyndsey.
Down on one knee: David proposed at Easter and the pair are getting married, with a vintage garden-party themed reception, next June
“Although the day was brilliant, David and I didn”t want that kind of day ourselves.
“We”ve decided to have a DIY wedding – I would rather do it myself than pay the high prices some companies charge.”
David, a radiographer who works at Newcastle”s Freeman Hospital, proposed at Easter during a romantic evening stroll on Tynemouth beach.
The couple have already booked stately home Beltingham House, near Bardon Mill, Northumberland, for their big day in June next year.
They hope plan to marry in a nearby rural chapel before heading to Beltingham”s gardens for the reception.
“Cheap and cheerful”: The couple are paying for the wedding venue, but are trying to get almost everything else for free
Bride-to-be Lyndsey will make bunting from scrap fabric to decorate their marquee, while guests will relax picnic-style on blankets and enjoy the barbeque, buffet and tea-and-scones on vintage crockery.
“We settled on a garden party as we didn”t want anything formal,” said Lyndsey.
“We just wanted people to be relaxed and have a good time.
“The theme is a cheap-and-cheerful vintage picnic – we want it to be more like a party than a wedding reception.
“I”m quite creative so I will be doing most of the work myself, including hand-making miles and miles of bunting. I”m going to be very busy.”
Lyndsey, who is studying medicine at Durham University”s campus in Stockton-on-Tees, is determined to find time to create her own flower arrangements, table decorations, invitations and cakes.
“I know its a big ask but everything will be gratefully received – and I promise to supply people who help us with pictures of the big day.”