A SAVVY bride has told how she spent less than €2,000 on her dream day.

Patricia Byrne, 30, and hubby Patrick, 32, tied the knot earlier this month, with their gorgeous wedding setting them back just €1,900 — a fraction of the €31,000 spent by the average Irish couple according to onefabday.com.

 Patrick and Patricia Byrne on their wedding day, with kids Brooke and Brandon
Patrick and Patricia Byrne on their wedding day, with kids Brooke and Brandon
 Patricia says the couple decided an 'intimate affair' focusing on the marriage with just close friends and family was more important than a big wedding
Patricia says the couple decided an ‘intimate affair’ focusing on the marriage with just close friends and family was more important than a big wedding
 Patricia says her designer wedding gown was the bargain of the century - as it only cost her €25
Patricia says her designer wedding gown was the bargain of the century – as it only cost her €25

Mum-of-two Patricia, from Santry in Dublin, told how she managed to bag some bargains and cut back on non-necessities, with the wedding still proving to be a hit with their 60 guests.

She said: “We decided a smaller intimate affair that focused on the marriage and the company of our closest family and friends was more important.

“My wedding dress was the bargain of the century. A Ronald Joyce in Alexander Bridal, it was a shop sample that had never been tried on, tags still attached and was on sale for only €25.”

Patricia’s kids Brooke, seven, and Brandon, five, were also decked out for the event in items she picked up on sale, while hubby Patrick bought a new tie and wore a suit he already owned.

Her aunt made two cakes while a friend gifted his photography skills, capturing beautiful snaps of the newlyweds at Malahide Castle.

HOW THEY DID IT

Wedding dress and veil: €25 at Alexander Bridal
Shoes: €35 at Debenhams
Pageboy suit: €15 at Lidl
Flowergirl dress: €33 at Debenhams
Flowers: €30
Food: €500
DJ: €550
Cake: gifted
Donut wall: gifted
Photography: gifted

The reception was held in Malahide Rugby Club where Patrick plays American Football with the North Dublin Pirates, with food provided for 60 guests by Kyles Catering for €500.

Patricia said: “I would never judge someone for spending tens of thousands on their big day.

“We had about 60 guests and some said it was the best wedding they were at as it was so laid back and simple. You can’t ask for a better review than that.”





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