Kim Woolnough, 24, a community nurse from Durham, and her new hubby Dan, 22, a sales executive, managed to organise their entire dream wedding for £3000 by using some unconventional ideas.

Firstly, Kim used out-of-date food that was to be thrown away for all of the wedding food on the day. This alone will have saved anywhere between £500-1000. It was put together by a charity who source food from local supermarkets, bakeries and small businesses which would otherwise have gone in the bin.

Then instead of buying a wedding dress from a designer costing £1000’s or even a bridal outlet like ourselves costing £100’s, Kim bought her wedding dress on Gumtree. This shows the shift in mindset of the new younger generations who aren’t afraid to risk the purchase of a special item like a wedding dress by using the internet.

Credit to Kim though, as when she went to pick up the wedding dress she “instantly fell in love with it”. After a few alterations it was perfect.

The couple decided to have a low cost wedding and use as much recycled and second hand materials as possible. They even had their rings made from recycled metal by a seller on the popular Etsy and their wedding invitations were made out of 100 per cent recycled paper.

We applaud Kim and Dan for showing you can still have a dream wedding without splashing the cash. In some ways, it makes it more personal and special to organise it in this way.

Whilst Kim managed to find an amazing dress for only £80 on Gumtree, others looking to do the same may not be so lucky. At Elite Bridal Outlets we want to remind our customers that our dresses are of as good a quality to the designer dresses, but only for a fraction of the price.

And if you are really looking for £80 wedding dress, we also have a sale rail with fantastic dresses on, some for as little as £99.