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Couple host UK's cheapest wedding with £10 dress and Eat Out to Help Out discount

A thrifty couple may have celebrated the UK’s cheapest wedding by spending just £300 on their big day – including a £10 eBay dress and Rishi’s discount on their Brewers Fayre dinner.
Childhood sweethearts Chelsea-Marie and Hayden Davies had originally …

A thrifty couple may have celebrated the UK's cheapest wedding by spending just GBP300 on their big day - including a GBP10 eBay dress and Rishi's discount on their Brewers Fayre dinner. Childhood sweethearts Chelsea-Marie and Hayden Davies had originally planned for a more lavish GBP1,000 celebration in July with a DJ, photo booths and kids' entertainment booked for the reception. But when Covid-19 struck their plans were thwarted and the devastated duo were forced to cancel the wedding.

As lockdown restrictions eased they decided on an intimate August ceremony and full-time mum Chelsea-Marie said 'I do' to British Army soldier Hayden wearing a GBP10 eBay dress. Following the ceremony, the couple, both 25, enjoyed Brewers Fayre meals with their two guests - while taking advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The couple said they didn't was to make a fuss out of their big day
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Newlywed Chelsea-Marie claims couples needn't drain their bank accounts on 'show off' weddings and that doing it cheaper is more romantic and less stressful. Chelsea-Marie, from Glastonbury, Somerset, said: "We decided to have a wedding on a budget because we didn't want a fuss, we just wanted it to be about us.

"We talked about it and we'd come to an agreement where we just wanted it to be small, intimate and romantic. "It was so much easier, there was less pressure, you weren't worrying about anything at all, it was just us in the moment just as it's supposed to be. "Really expensive weddings can almost turn into a circus.

I've spoken to a few people from wedding groups who've said they're struggling to budget on GBP20,000 and I'm like 'what?'.

The pair opted for a small 3-minute wedding ceremony
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"Our original plans, a registry office wedding and then a celebration at a Royal British Legion club with a DJ, photo booth and kids entertainment for 115 guests was going to come to just over GBP1,000. "What we ended up doing came to just GBP300. "As the wedding was on a Wednesday we were even able to take advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and got 50% off our meals.

"My sister told me about it the day before the wedding, so thanks to Rishi our day was even cheaper." When lockdown restrictions started easing, Chelsea-Marie and Hayden decided to go ahead with their wedding at Taunton Registry Office on August 19. The pair opted for a simple 30-minute ceremony, low-key celebrations afterwards and only had Chelsea-Marie's sister Catrina Guest and her boyfriend James Piper in attendance as witnesses.

As the wedding was on a Wednesday, they were even able to take advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and get 50% off their meals
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Mindful of keeping costs down, Chelsea-Marie, who is mum to four-year-old Elliot, snapped up a veil for GBP1.50 on eBay, wore shoes she already owned and had her hair and make-up done by roofer sister Catrina.

Hayden sported a suit from budget retailer Peacocks and finished off the look with GBP20 shoes from Sports Direct. Chelsea-Marie said: "I bought my wedding dress from a Chinese seller on eBay for GBP10. "I was scrolling through for cheap and cheerful wedding dresses, because I didn't want to spend much.

"I thought it looked nice and was different, I showed it to Hayden and he liked it too. "I didn't get the chance to try it on beforehand, I was just praying it fit me. When it arrived I tried it on and really liked it.

"When I turned up at the registry office Hayden's face lit up, he said I looked beautiful and that he was punching [above his weight].

Chelsea-Marie purchased her wedding gown on eBay

Get the latest money advice, news and help straight to your inbox - sign up at mirror.co.uk/email "I didn't have flowers, I don't see the point in having them because you're just going to be faffing about with them when you do your vows. "It was a much more intimate and romantic ceremony because there was a lot less pressure and your main concentration isn't about the guests, it's about your significant other.

"It's solely about you two becoming husband and wife, it's not this big fancy thing that you have to worry about every little detail being ok." After the couple exchanged vows they enjoyed their first meal as man and wife at the Glastonbury branch of Brewers Fayre and feasted on discounted lasagne and chicken dishes. The quartet then went home and got changed before looking round the town's shops.

Chelsea-Marie said: "We didn't have anything fancy as we didn't want an expensive day, that was the whole point of doing it like that, we just wanted it to be intimate. "We had dinner, had a drink, went back and got changed and went into town to look at the shops as it was the first time my sister and her boyfriend had visited. "We are going to have a reception some time next year for family members to attend to celebrate it because obviously this year we couldn't.

"But this was our time, this was for us to become man and wife and we didn't need an audience." Thrifty Chelsea-Marie said she wanted other couples to know they can have an incredibly special day without breaking the bank. Chelsea-Marie said: "My advice to people would be to not worry about massive things you want just to show off at your wedding, it's not worth it.

"The only thing that you're having a wedding for is to marry the person you love and that is the most important part of it.

"As long as your wedding's ok it doesn't matter how your reception or anything else turns out.

"Your main priority for having a wedding is to marry the person you love and if you're doing that what else can go wrong?"