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How To Get Married On A Budget, By The Frugality’s Alex Stedman

Getting hitched but don’t have a big budget? The Frugality’s Alex Stedman has been there and blogged about it. Here are her top tips for having a wedding on a budget.

Don’t: Stress About Invites, It’s The Day That Counts

We bought save the dates in bulk; it was a raffle kit where we circled the wedding date. Our invites were just cards with the date and time on. Our thank you cards were on recycled card from Paperchase.

The Frugality's Alex Stedman getting married

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Don’t: Be Too Bling

My engagement ring was £180 from Laura Lee. When I lost it, I could afford to replace it with the exact one. My wedding band was £250 from Georgina Boyce, who makes achievable diamonds. My husband’s ring is H Samuel.

Don’t: Dismiss The High-Street

My bridesmaids were flung across the world, so I went to J Crew because they deliver to everyone. ASOS’s bridal range is amazing. My bridesmaids’ flower garlands came from Topshop.

Don’t: Fall For The Photo Booth

Go for small, local companies, who are cheaper. Buy a brown card photo album from Paperchase instead of the leather-bound book they bring, and instead of paying £100 for props, go to a fancy dress shop. Ask for old-school analogue strips instead of postcard prints – they’re cheaper. We used Coco Photo Booths, and then my Dad made a photo backdrop, a frame with linen fabric over it, for people to take photos against.

Do: Negotiate

Everyone has a standard price, then you can shave the excess off. I halved the price of my photo booth, even my brass band quoted me a ridiculous price and I came back with half. They didn’t come down to my half, but they were closer to my bid then theirs. It’s easier to haggle over e-mail if you’re scared.

Don’t: Have A Crazy Hen Party

I’m all up for having afternoon tea and spa day, where everyone can go home to their own beds. Going away with friends from different circles is always a bit hard.

Do: Get Crafty

I couldn’t see any napkins I liked, so I made my own. We cut napkins out of a linen tablecloth – it doesn’t matter if the edges are a bit raw, you only use them once. We printed our seating plan with the rubber stamps you can buy from Marks and Spencer. You can buy paper hanging decorations from Ikea, and linen table runners from H&M Home. Instead of big candles, I just used tea lights, and sparklers in zinc pots from Ikea.

Do: Get Personal

I live in London, but places here overcharge. I used a florist who gave me wholesale prices because she was so excited – she usually gets bog standard orders for a ball of roses bouquet and said ‘your flowers are more what I want to do and I really want to make it work’. She dropped them round and I tied them with ribbon the day before. It cost me a couple of hundred rather than a thousand.

Do: Go Wild

Flowers in fashion at the moment are wild, so baby’s breath is cheap and can really fill up a bouquet. My bridesmaids had a stem of lavender each.

Do: Wash Up Old Pasta Sauce Jars

My family saved me pickled onion and Ragoo pasta jars throughout the year, which I used as table settings. Milk bottles are too thin and let in a lot of condensation, so you need wide neck bottles.

Do: Scrap Favours

They’re so old fashioned. We left gifts for ushers and maids of honour, and Poundland sparklers and glow sticks on the table, but a free bar was our gift for everyone.

…And A Fancy Car

I also thought why am I spending hundreds on a car nobody will see us turning up in, so we just got a local taxi and I turned up in a Ford Tourneo. It did the job.

Do: Make Your Own Music

My brother-in-law made us a mix of our favourite music, with no breaks. A lot of friends have done iPod or Spotify playlists.

Do: Lean On Friends And Family

A family friend baked our wedding cake as a present. Some people had a cake table, so everyone made sponges, or had cupcakes instead of a three-tier cake. There’s nothing to say you even need to have a cake, a lot of people have had cheeseboards.

Do: Bring Your Own

Some people have said instead of gifts, everyone bring a dish and their wedding is a buffet. For drink, check the corkage fee for BYOB, and see if it’s cheaper to pay or put money behind the bar. We did a few runs to Sainsburys when there were wine deals on throughout the year and stocked up.

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Do: Crowdsource Your Honeymoon

We wanted to go somewhere expensive, so we used for our wedding gifts. We went to Japan, and you can pick things like a day dressing up in a kimono or a trip to Disneyland Tokyo –but it comes into your account as cash so it makes them feel like they’ve bought you something specific.

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Gross - Hoffman

Emily Gross and Cory Hoffman were married July 16, 2016, at Park Inn by Radisson Ballroom, West Middlesex, with Natalie Jordan officiating.

The bride is a daughter of Richard and Andrea Gross, Sharpsville. The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

Gross - Hoffman

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Parents of the bridegroom are Angel Hoffman, Grove City, and the late Joe Hoffman, formerly of Sharpsville.

Matron of honor was Sheila Farr, Indiana, Pa., bride’s sister.

Bridesdmaids were Sarah Hart, Moundsville, W.Va., and Shelby Hoffman, Sharpsville, both groom’s sisters.

Best man was Vinnie Pagliaroli, Hermitage, groom’s best friend.

Groomsmen were Ryan Maurice, Sharpsville; Darren McAninch, Mercer; Ted Margiean, Sharpsville; Cody Donaldson, Pittsburgh; Brett Beshero, Pittsburgh, and John Leyshon, Sharpsville, all friends of the bride and groom.

Ushers were Kevin Farr, Indiana; Travis Gaines, Sharon, and Chris Groscost, Anaheim, Calif.

A reception was held at Park Inn by Radisson ballroom.

After a weekend honeymoon to the Poconos, the newlyweds live in Drumore in Lancaster County, Pa.

The couple graduated from Sharspville High School in 2008 and Clarion University in 2012. Mrs. Hoffman earned a bachelor’s degree in library science with a minor in English literature. Her husband earned bachelor’s degree in environmental biology.

Mrs. Hoffman is an elementary librarian in the Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, Pa.

Her husband is a fisheries biologist at Normandeau Associates in Drumore.

The couple were high school sweethearts and were married after dating for 10 years.

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Scheana Shay confirms she's friends with 'Hills' stars Kristen Cavallari and Stacie Hall

Scheana Shay is friends with Kristin Cavallari and Stacie Hall of The Hills. On Tuesday, ahead of Lauren Conrad's anniversary special, the Vanderpump Rules star received a question from a fan about her relationship with her fellow reality stars. "Are [Kristin Cavallari] and [Stacie Hall] still friends?!" a fan asked Shay. In response, Shay told the woman, "We all are!"

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During the final season of The Hills, Cavallari took over as narrator and Hall began appearing frequently due to her close relationship with her. Meanwhile, during an earlier season, Scheana Shaymade an appearance alongside her friend Hall, who began appearing on the show after Spencer Pratt flirted with her at her place of work, The Dime. Shay and Hall are extremely close friends and in addition to being in attendance during Shay's bridal party at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills, California, Hall served as a bridesmaid during her July 27, 2014, wedding to husband Mike Shay.

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Scheana Shay isn't the only 'Vanderpump Rules' star who appeared on 'The Hills'

During The Hills' six-season run, Scheana Shay's co-star, Tom Sandoval, was seen on the reality series. As cast members of The Hills, including the series' star, Lauren Conrad, attended a Teen Vogue casting call during season one, Sandoval briefly appeared on the show -- and he was shirtless.

Although Sandoval's guest starring role was short-lived, the moment proved to be a crucial turning point for Conrad's relationship with Jason Wahler on the show. As fans of the series may recall, Conrad lied to Wahler about the casting and told him it was girls.

Kristin Cavallari is a fan of SUR Restaurant

Cavallari has been spotted at SUR Restaurant, the setting of Vanderpump Rules, several times and has even posed with cast members of the show, including Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute and Katie Maloney.

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