Couple enjoy £758 budget wedding thanks to Iceland

Wedding cakeA typical wedding now costs an incredible £20,000.

However, when thrifty Welsh couple Lisa and Mark Davidson, a 52-year-old electrician, got married - and held a bash for 200 guests - in July they managed to do it all for just £758. That's just £3.79 a head.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
The secrets to the couple's low-cost big day included buying the wedding breakfast from budget supermarket Iceland, taking a honeymoon in a borrowed caravan in west Wales and buying fake flowers on eBay rather than shelling out for fresh bouquets.

Mrs Davidson's mother also made the wedding cake, while she borrowed a long strapless dress from her stepdaughter.

Mrs Davidson, 33, told the Daily Mail newspaper: "We've got such big families and so many friends, and couldn't bear the idea of leaving anyone out.

"And there was no question of feeding our guests sandwiches, or not bothering to decorate the room. I was determined to create a day everyone would remember."

The couple chose Iceland for the wedding food after checking out the ranges in a variety of stores. The feast included two kinds of prawns, three kinds of chicken, mini stuffed jacket potatoes and a dessert buffet.

"It wasn't just that it was cheap," said Mrs Davidson, who works as a receptionist near Pontypridd, south Wales. "They had more interesting party food than anywhere else we looked. The whole thing went down a treat. Friends can't believe how much we managed to get for how little we spent."

The Davidsons are not the only couple to keep their wedding costs down to a minimum, though.

Hollywood comedian Dax Shepard, who stars in the hit series Parenthood, recently admitted that his "world's worst" wedding to actress Kristen Bell cost just $142 (£89).

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Couple enjoy £758 budget wedding thanks to Iceland

One of the most popular glitches, was a wine deal at Tesco back in November 2012, where a series of offers clashed, leaving a bottle of £9.99 wine selling for £1.50.

The 'three wines for £10' deal apparently clashed with a '25% off when you buy six or more bottles' deal. The 25% was accidentally taken off the original price rather than the reduced one, leaving the wine at rock bottom prices. Deal-hunters cleared the shelves around the country.

Perhaps the most popular glitch from Tesco came in June 2011, when instead of taking £4 off the cost of a £20 case of beer, the supermarket accidentally started selling the cases for £4. The ensuring rush was nicknamed the 'beer stampede'.

Sadly not every supermarket pricing glitch comes with such a happy ending for consumers. In March last year the bargain-hunters thought their luck was in, when Tesco accidentally priced the new iPad at just £44.99 instead of around £650. Sadly it spotted the mistake before shipping the goods. The small print on its website meant it could refuse to sell at this price, and refund their customers instead.

In September 2012, Asda was responsible for one of the most expensive glitches. The Asda Price Guarantee offered vouchers to customers who could have got their shopping cheaper elsewhere.

However, when certain trigger products were in the basket, the supermarket massively under-priced the shopping at other supermarkets, and offered huge vouchers to shoppers. In many instances the vouchers came to roughly the same as the cost of the shopping.

In April, a mistake on their website resulted in Tesco selling 8 packs of Bulmers cider 568ml bottles for £5 - rather than a six pack for £8.

Deal-hunters snapped up the deal online, and had varying degrees of success. Some had their order delivered in full, others had six delivered for £5 - and were able to negotiate their way to another two, while others were offered six for £5 or their money back.

October last year saw one of the most famous glitches, when Tesco Terry's Chocolate Oranges were subject to two deals at the same time, and the price dropped from £2.75 to 29p. There were plenty of people getting chocolate oranges last Christmas.

A buy-one-get-one-free deal went awry at Tesco in March. People putting four tubs of I can't Believe It's Not Butter or Oykos yogurt packs into the trolley were only being charged for one.

Soon the online deal-hunting community was in action, with one person bagging 50 tubs of butter and 22 pots of yogurt for £8.79 - a saving of £133.89.


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