The £1( About $1.60 ) wedding: Thrifty bride and groom prove the Big Day needn’t cost a fortune
Georgina Porteous and Sid Innes spent just a pound on their wedding
Both dedicated to recycling and self-sufficiency
Spent the pound on a second hand vintage dress for Georgina
Made the rings and much of the decorations themselves
Asked friends and family to bring food and contribute talents
Average UK wedding now costs £20,000
A pair of newlyweds say they have proved how easy it is to get married on a budget ? by celebrating their nuptials for £1.
Georgina Porteous and Sid Innes organised their perfect day for family and friends, complete with rings, flowers, a cake and even a photographer to capture the occasion.
They also hosted a reception with a picnic, drinks, jazz music and dancing at a romantic setting in the Scottish Highlands, all on their unbelievably low budget.
Georgina and Sid Innes at their Inverness-shire home where they were married, wearing the clothes that they wore on their wedding day But incredibly, apart from the £70 they had to pay by law for their marriage fees, their only expenditure was a pound on Georgina?s vintage wedding gown.
The newlyweds were toasting their good fortune today after spending only a tiny fraction of the average £20,000 cost of a wedding in the UK.
Georgina, 36, said: ‘I don?t see the point in these massive weddings. It takes away from what marriage is truly about.
The only expense the couple could not avoid was the statutory £70 for the fees required to marry, but everything else was donated or sourced for free
The couple exchanged wedding rings hand-crafted by Georgina using antlers she found in their garden ‘There is nothing to gain from spending a huge amount of money. The day is supposed to be about marrying the person you love and for us all that mattered was that we were becoming husband and wife. We didn?t want or need a big, fancy affair.’
Georgina, an artist, met singer-songwriter Sid, 39, at an art fair in Glasgow in 2009 and immediately said ?yes? when he proposed in Berlin last year.
The couple, who live near Inverness, started planning their big day but as they are both dedicated to recycling and self-sufficiency, they vowed to keep their nuptials as simple as possible.
The only expense they could not avoid was the statutory £70 for the fees required to marry, but everything else was donated or sourced for free.
Georgina said: ‘From day one of the engagement we knew we wanted a small and cheap wedding, it was a natural thing for us because we are so invested in recycling and self-sustainability. We were really excited to plan it all.
Georgina’s mother Susanne, a church reader, conducted the ceremony in front of 70 guests in a run-down barn at their home
The £1 was spent on the wedding dress, a 1960s hand-made floor-length ivory wedding gown with embroidered sleeves, which Georgina purchased on the website freecycle ‘We have always been a bit alternative and arty so I enjoyed doing something a little different from everyone else?s weddings.’