Frugal bride managed to keep her wedding costs just over £500

For richer and richer! Frugal bride ties the knot for £500 by buying high street outfits, making the buffet herself and using second hand decorations – and ends up with £300 PROFIT thanks to cash gifts from guests

  • Staci and Grant Chapman, from West Midlands, tied knot in budget ceremony 
  • Their big day on cost them £526 thanks to thrifty finds and DIY hacks 
  • Staci’s wedding dress only cost her £56 and she prepared all the food herself
  • The couple received more money in gifts than they spent throwing the party 

 A frugal bride had her big day for just £500 – receiving more money in gifts than she spent on the wedding.

Money saving bride Staci Gibson, from the West Midlands, planned her dream day – complete with ceremony, white dress and buffet reception with such a small budget, the couple ended up in profit after opening cards from their guests.

Newlyweds Staci, 31, and her husband Grant Chapman, 37, were amazed at the generosity of friends and family after they slashed the size – and cost – of their original wedding due to Covid.

The couple who met through online dating five years ago, tied the knot in a local registry office and had a simple reception at their new home.

Their big day cost just £500 thanks to a string of DIY budgeting ideas, and they then received £800 in gifts from their guests.

Staci Gibson, 31 and Grant Chapman, 37, tied the knot in a budget ceremony in the West Midlands, and only spent £526 on their big day (pictured with their daughters Morgan, ten and Shelby, eight, as well as their son, Jeff, two, who were their pageboy and bridesmaids)

Mum of three Staci said: ‘It only cost £160 to get married at a local registry, it looks like a church and the building was perfect for photos.

‘We are glad it was a small wedding with 30 guests, it was perfect for us, not just for the money we saved, but for how we imagined our day would be.

‘No part of me really wanted a big fancy wedding. It would have been money wasted so I have no regrets on how we did it, It was perfect for us.’

Staci and Grant’s total wedding costs 

 Registry office: £160 (includes venue)

Wedding license: £70

Wedding dress: £56

Bridesmaid dresses: £30 

Groom’s suit: £40

Flowers: £20

Rings: Free

Photographer: gifted by a friend 

Cake: Free

Buffet: £100

Bride shoes: £10

Jewellery : £10

Decorations: £20 paid by Staci’s mum

Bridesmaid shoes: £10 

 Hair and makeup: £20 

Total cost: £526

The mum has three children, daughters Morgan, ten, and Shelby eight, and the couple’s son Jett, two.

After exchanging their vows, the couple invited guests back to their home – and they enjoyed a buffet – prepared by Staci that morning.

She added: ‘I did all the food and drink with my daughters on the morning of the wedding, before we got ready.

‘Our friend is a baker and she made our cake as a wedding gift to us, it was beautiful.’

The couple’s family hired a professional photographer and Staci said: ‘The photos are our memories of the day and that’s something you can’t put a price on. We wanted to make sure we had the photos to look back on our special day.

‘We saved money on the things we thought were unnecessary like favours and gifts for the bridal party. I feel all the added extras are just added stress you don’t need. Focus on why you’re getting married and who you want there, not the bits no one remembers anyway.’

Staci saved more money by making the bouquets herself, buying decorations second hand and finding her wedding heels from Primark for just £10.

The bride even bought her wedding dress from Asos and using a promo code she bagged the dress for just £56.

The budget bride bought her wedding jewellery from Claire’s Accessories and a friend did her hair and make-up on the morning of the wedding.

Staci added: ‘My friend is a seamstress and she altered my dress for free and she made the girls their bridesmaid dresses.

‘I paid just £30 for the material.

‘Even Grant had a discount on his suit, which we bought from Next and used a family discount rather than hire from a wedding shop.’

The couple even saved money on their wedding rings too.

The couple cut costs thanks to DIY hacks and bargain items. They also counted on the generosity of their friends. For instance, their layered wedding cake was free, pictured

The bridesmaid dresses only cost £30 and their flowers only cost £20, pictured, Staci revealed, and shoes for the two bridesmaids cost their mother £10  

Staci said: ‘Grant chose to use his dad’s wedding ring and unfortunately my engagement ring broke before the wedding. The store were so helpful, we decided to exchange it for a matching set which included a new engagement ring and a matching wedding band.’

After the celebrations, the couple opened their cards and gifts and were astounded to realise they had received more money in gifts than they had spent on their day.

Laughing Staci added: ‘I was amazed if I’m honest, I opened cards and gifts and couldn’t believe it. 

Staci’s beautiful ring broke before the ceremony, and the store gave her a replacement rin, wkith a free engagement ring, pictured  

A wedding post Staci found on a bargain site for £2 and redecorated herself for her big day, pictured

‘So many people start married life in debt with a huge bill for the wedding day and we had actually made money from our wedding day.

‘We have amazing family and friends who helped us do things cheaply and who were so generous with their gifts. We so are lucky.’

The couple spent their wedding gift money on their new home.

Staci added: ‘We did all the renovations ourselves and used the money to transform our new home. Nothing exciting but something responsible, which is what I always do with money.’ 

The couple’s had their ceremony at the beautiful local registry office, pictured, which cost £170

Staci bought a look of accessories online on second-hand sites, like this wedding book, which alongside other decoration set her back £20 

The couple hired a professional photographer to immortalise their big day, however, a friend offered to pay for it, so they didn’t have to 

Staci has always been financially savvy and thanks her dad for her attitude to cash.

She said: ‘I am very money conscious. My dad taught me well in life and said it’s not how much money you have but what you do with it.

‘I hope we inspire other couples to look at the cost of their wedding. If you’ve got the cash and want to spend it then great, but if you haven’t, you can still have the big day on a small budget.

‘A simple wedding isn’t a bad wedding.’

The bride got her shoes for a bargain £10 pounds, and her bridal accessories’ from Claire’s for £10

Pictured: Staci with her three children, who all played an important part in her big day. Her daughters helped her prepare her wedding buffet for 30 guests 

The couple received £800 in money and wedding gifts for their big day, meaning they received more than they spent (pictured with their children) 

Staci’s stunning wedding dress, bought from Asos, pictured, only set her back £56 thanks to a discount code 

The couple’s wedding cake was gifted to them by a friend of theirs who works as a baker, pictured

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