Savvy bride reveals how she saved £20k to pull off the ultimate budget £10k wedding using Kmart decorations

Savvy bride reveals how she saved £20k to pull off the ultimate budget £10k wedding using Kmart decorations


WEDDINGS can be eye-wateringly expensive, with many newlyweds starting their married lives in debt after going to extreme lengths for their big day.

But you don’t need to bankrupt yourself to throw the wedding of your dreams – as simple tweaks can slash costs and add a personal touch.

One bride pulled off the ultimate budget wedding by buying her decorations from Kmart
Cherie Riley

One bride pulled off the ultimate budget wedding by buying her decorations from Kmart[/caption]

The savvy bride spray painted mason jars pink to create elaborate centrepieces
Cherie Riley

The savvy bride spray painted mason jars pink to create elaborate centrepieces[/caption]

Thrifty bride Cherie Riley has revealed how she saved £20,000 to pull off the ultimate budget wedding by buying her decorations from Kmart.

The 39-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, spent less than £10,000 or AU$18,000 to host 89 of their closest friends and family members in April 2019.

This is far less than the UK average of £17,674 or AU$53,168 in Australia.

Cherie revealed she cut costs “without there being a sign of it” thanks to her DIY skills, a hot glue gun and multiple Pinterest boards.

The stunning arbour arch they stood under to exchange vows was handmade using white Kmart flowers mixed with ivy and Desflora brand blooms
Cherie Riley

The stunning arbour arch they stood under to exchange vows was handmade using white Kmart flowers mixed with ivy and Desflora brand blooms[/caption]

Cherie Riley tied the knot with Norman Riley surrounded by 89 of their closest friends and family members
Cherie Riley

Cherie Riley tied the knot with Norman Riley surrounded by 89 of their closest friends and family members[/caption]

“If you have some time on your hands you can create your dream wedding no matter what the location,” the bride told FEMAIL.

She revealed their guests drank from £55 ($100) worth of Kmart champagne glasses – and they poured the alcohol using Kmart glass jugs and carafes.

They spent a total of £825 (AU$1,500) on Moscato, wine and beer but returned £385 ($700) worth after the day had ended.

Their guests were given the option to bring their own spirits if they pleased.

The mum-of-six created centrepieces using Kmart flowers hot glued and wired together.

Cherie also collected 160 water lily and lotus jar candles from the retailer to give the reception room an ‘ambience’.

The stunning arbour arch she stood under to exchange vows with groom Norman Riley was handmade using white Kmart flowers mixed with ivy and Desflora brand blooms.

She also created the illusion of a five-tiered wedding cake – but only one tier was real.’

Outdoor signs were created using a collection of $4 Kmart chalkboards and mason jars were spray painted pink to house the centre pieces.

Catering cost just £14 ($25) per head, with the guests enjoying a hot roast, and there was a photo booth on site for memorable images.


With the remaining money, the savvy bridge bought a Stella York gown, five bridesmaid dresses from eBay, a photographer, videographer and a DJ.

Cherie, who founded DIY Brides Melbourne, said she dedicated a lot of time to putting together all her decorations.

“But the time spent saved me spending up big and it has added a personal touch to our special day,” she said.



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