The frugal Scot is one of the oldest cliches in the book, but it doesn’t actually have to be taken as criticism. In a time when the average price of organizing a wedding is thought to be around the $35,000, one thrifty Scottish bride has managed to organize her big day by spending not more than $1,300.
Emilyrose Fitzpatrick, 29, from Glasgow, looked every inch the beautiful bride as she tied the knot with husband Rory in a romantic ceremony followed by a big reception attended by 100 family and friends by spending just £60 ($77) on an ASOS dress, £50 ($64) on flowers and £200 ($257) on a photographer., while she saved on pampering by getting friends to do her hair and make-up.
Her girlfriends did Emilyrose’s hair and makeup, making the reception at a local pub costing £590 ($760) by far the biggest expenditure, but this included food and entertainment in addition to hiring the venue.
The only other costs were a £30 ($39) wedding cake and the wedding rings, which they bought for £70 ($90).
Glaswegians Emilyrose Fitzpatrick and her husband Rory organized their wedding for just £1,000
Emily – who is originally from Sydney and works in interior design – and Rory originally planned to elope and get married in the presence of only two witnesses. But when her parents decided to fly over from Australia to visit, they decided they would have a proper but inexpensive wedding instead.
Explaining the need to be thrifty, Emilyrose said: “We had less than four months to plan everything on a very limited budget. I had just graduated from art school and was unemployed.”
Meanwhile Rory – who works in hospitality – managed to get an ‘amazing deal’ on a function room at one of the pair’s favorite pubs.
Emily only chose her ASOS wedding dress half an hour before the actual ceremony, after ordering several options online, as well as picking up a frock from a vintage store.
“I had four dresses to choose from on the day and made up my mind in the last thirty minutes,” she revealed. “I ended up so chuffed with my dress from ASOS.”
Despite going for a thrifty option, Emily and Rory had a large reception with 100 family and friends
The reception at a local pub was the biggest expenditure, costing £590 ($760) – including the venue, food and entertainment
Rory works in hospitality while Emilyrose is an interior designer
The wedding cake cost £30 and the rings were procured for £70
The couple originally planned to elope and get married with just two witnesses present but changed their plans when Emily’s parents decided to visit from Australia
The bride spent the day before the wedding foraging flowers for her wedding bouquet, while two of her closest friends helped her do her makeup. However, Emily – who met Rory while she was studying in the UK – says planning a wedding is far from easy.
“I found the whole planning part to be really hard. I was a brand new resident of Glasgow and was terribly homesick,” she said.
“I didn’t have my mates, sister or mum around to help me with anything. So many times I just wanted to fork out £200 for a florist so I didn’t need to stress, or buy that £1,000 wedding dress so that I felt confident.”
The 29-year-old spent the day before the wedding foraging flowers for her wedding bouquet, while two of her closest friends helped her do her makeup
The couple met while Emilyrose was studying in the United Kingdom
The Australian-born believes it was all worth it in the end and has advice for other brides-to-be: “Don’t make it about anyone other than yourself and don’t compromise. If you are creative and money savvy you can have everything you want.”
She added: “It goes by so quickly you can barely remember most of it and now we have more money to spend on an amazing holiday which we will remember!”