How I managed to get a FREE Wedding…

Well just over a year ago my partner and I started to plan our wedding, we thought about all the usual things like where, when and how as we had already been engaged for a year by this stage I wanted to get something organised so we could start saving towards it as the average UK wedding costs around £24,000 I never even thought about how much our wedding would cost or even where we would get the money from. Then as usual I jumped in with both feet and decided to book a cruise and go away to get married on the ship which didn't seem to be as straight forward as I thought so I then decided to get married at home and use the cruise as part of our honeymoon. It was at this time I had joined a messaging app called Tengi (unfortunately Tengi is no longer running at the minute but they hope to make a come back soon) which give away cash prizes on a weekly basis for using their app, at first I wasn't sure but a few of my family members had won smaller prizes on it so I thought I had nothing to loose. Tengi then increased their cash prizes and it was on 1st April 2016 I won my first Tengi prize, the top prize of £10,000 and I could not believe it, it was like a dream come true. I was then able to book our wedding which my winnings seemed to cover the most of it if we kept our wedding day small and have a massive evening party which worked out perfectly.

 

I then seen a Facebook competition for Moondance wedding campers which is a vintage Camper van to use as wedding transport hire, I fell in love with it and entered the competition every day just liking, sharing and commenting and I then won, my gosh I couldn't believe it. A friend then tagged me in another competition for Smurfs Disco & Fireworks ltd for a wedding disco and entertainment and I decided to do the same thing again so I liked and shared every day and commented just to let them know I kept sharing and again I won this competition, I couldn't believe this one as it was nearly a free wedding at this stage and I don't normally win anything. Again a few weeks later a friend tagged me in a competition on Facebook for the Selfie Mirror Company so I done the same thing again and I managed to win this competition, I had already held a photo booth for our wedding with light up box letters too but as I was cancelling the photo booth as it was the same thing as a selfie mirror I knew my wedding was totally free by this stage and paying for the light up letters would be such a waste so I cancelled them too. I continued to enter Facebook competitions and also won wedding make up application and a few weeks before my wedding I won a light up heart with IDO Wedding NI. A family member also made our wedding cake as a gift as she does this for a living as Perfection Cakes Templepatrick.

A few months before we got married while planning our hen and stag parties I entered another Facebook competition for a make your own jewellery hen party with Hullabloo from Silgo Ireland, to the value of £420 (500euros) and I managed to win this also, along with a separate Facebook competition for a hen party goodie pack which had decorations, robe, slippers and a bride to be lucky six pence.

Winning these competitions has been amazing and has meant we have had our dream wedding and honeymoon to Orlando and a Royal Caribbean cruise and still managed to have cash for other things such as two extra holidays to Portugal & a New York holiday coming up soon as well as going away on Hen and Stag weekends and still being able to go to concerts and shows as we are the average working class family we can get by no problem but for all the extras we have worked harder using money saving tips, apps and online surveys etc as well as the Facebook competitions these have all helped towards our fun loving lifestyle.

Our wedding day was totally amazing and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Please see below a break down of all wedding costs and how we saved:-

Photographer - £1000

Suit - £120

Dress - £900

Dress alterations - £23

Flowers - £144.90

Registrar - £280

Rings (including a new engagement ring) - £3350

Hotel/Venue/Meals/Evening Buffet/Bridal Suite - (28 day guests, 80+ evening guests) - £3002

Shoes for myself, James & our daughter - £550

Our Daughters dress - £20

Day invitations - £5.99

Evening Invitations - £20

Tips for DJ, selfie mirror, camper van, dress alterations, make up - £110

 

Total:- £9702.89 paid with Tengi winnings which left £297.89 and we paid this off our cruise/honeymoon

Facebook competitions total:-

Smurfs Disco & entertainment - £450

Moondance wedding camper van - £225

Selfie Mirror company - £350

Wedding Cake with Perfection cakes Templepatrick - £350

Light Up heart - £100

Make up application - £60

Total:- £1535.00

 

Other Facebook Competitions in 2016:-

£50 hair dressers voucher

Irish whisky

Red wine

Lancome gift set worth £250

Beach bag

Mens superdry sunglasses

David Beckham set

Northern Ireland t-shirt

£10 café voucher

GHD straightners

Make up brush set

X8 1.5l bottles of volvic water

£20 eurospar voucher

Lipofreeze treatments (used before our wedding)

Kettle & toaster

£85 lifestyle sports voucher

Santa and reindeer ornaments

£250 love to shop vouchers

£75 goodie bag of perfume etc for a friend

X4 Ulster rugby tickets

£30 cinema vouchers

Box of crisps

Candle and oil scents set - £60 value

Afternoon Tea

Make up goodie bag

Winter hat

X2 tickets for a medium show

Butchers meat pack - £10 value

 

Other Facebook competitions in 2017 so far:-

Mooneys Belfast Butchers meat pack - £20 value

Emjoi drinking cards game

Soap hamper from the bathroom people NI

Valentine card

Cocoa mint sunglasses - £80 value from Stephen Rea Optician Belfast NI

Butchers voucher - £20

Procecco

Disney goodie bag from Debbies Villas

200liters of oil from Emergency Medical Trainers NI

X2 John Bishop tickets - Dale Farm

£10 BBQ meat pack from a local Butchers Mooneys (Belfast)

Fathers Day Hamper – Electric Fires NI

Birthday Party for our daughter in Snakes N Ladders Bangor NI

24 mini bottles of lemonade

Signed Northern Ireland shirt

Signed Rory McIlroy Hat

Mens Nike sports top RRP £60

Mens Z-One WRX sunglasses RRP £129

£15 Voucher for North Down VIP parties NI

X2 bags of James Wellbeloved food and x2 treats from Pets at home Bangor NI

 

I have been flat out recently so have not got to enter as much as I would have liked to but I really cannot complain about what I have won so far 😉

Give it a go everyone and Good Luck