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Thrifty bride, 39, reveals how she pulled off the ultimate budget wedding using Kmart decorations

A bride has revealed how she pulled off the ultimate budget wedding using Kmart decorations – and how you can too.

Cherie Riley tied the knot with her ‘best friend’ of nine years Norman Riley surrounded by 89 of their closest friends and family members.

The 39-year-old from Melbourne was determined not to spend anywhere near the Australian average for a wedding – $53,168 – and planned to DIY all of the bouquets, table settings and the arbour.

Spending a grand total of $18,000 on her special day in April 2019 Mrs Riley was adamant that budget cuts could be made to every aspect of the nuptials ‘without there being a sign of it’.  

Cherie Riley tied the knot with her ‘best friend’ of nine years Norman Riley (pictured centre) surrounded by 89 of their closest friends and family members

‘If you have an Afterpay account, a Kmart close by, a hot glue gun, multiple Pinterest board and some time on your hands you are set to create your dream wedding no matter what the location,’ the bride told FEMAIL. 

As the founder of DIY Brides Melbourne Mrs Riley was well equipped to handle the pressure of planning a wedding, but with six kids between the couple she was initially worried there wouldn’t be enough time.

‘So I was torn for ages between forfeiting my dream wedding and the priorities of our large family… but with DIY I was able to marry my best friend with a stunning but budget friendly backdrop,’ she said.

As the founder of DIY Brides Melbourne Mrs Riley was well equipped to handle the pressure of planning a wedding, but with six kids between the couple she was initially worried there wouldn't be enough time

As the founder of DIY Brides Melbourne Mrs Riley was well equipped to handle the pressure of planning a wedding, but with six kids between the couple she was initially worried there wouldn’t be enough time

Spending a grand total of $18,000 on her special day in April 2019 Mrs Riley was adamant that budget cuts could be made to every aspect of the nuptials ‘without there being a sign of it’.

'Our guests wined and dined from $100 worth of Kmart champagne glasses and we poured the alcohol using Kmart glass judges and carafes,' she said

They spent upwards of $1,500 on moscato, wine and beer but returned $700 worth after the day had ended. Their guests were given the option to bring their own spirits if they pleased

Affordable retailer Kmart was a ‘godsend’ for the majority of her decorations, including the wine glasses, flowers and candles

How did Cherie Riley host a DIY wedding? 

* Spent $100 on Kmart wine glasses

* $800 on alcohol after taking some back post-ceremony

* Bought 160 waterlily and lotus jar candles from Kmart

* Collected rose gold service plates, cutlery and copper ice buckets to be placed on each of the decorated tables

* Hired a hall for $1,600

* Bought $4 Kmart chalkboards to be used as signs

* Spray painted mason jars to house the centre pieces

Affordable retailer Kmart was a ‘godsend’ for the majority of her decorations, and it was there where she bought the wine glasses, flowers and candles.

‘Our guests wined and dined from $100 worth of Kmart champagne glasses and we poured the alcohol using Kmart glass judges and carafes,’ she said.

They spent upwards of $1,500 on moscato, wine and beer but returned $700 worth after the day had ended.

Their guests were given the option to bring their own spirits if they pleased. 

‘My flowers for centrepieces and the cake table were bunches upon bunches of Kmart flowers hot glued and wired together with a few random $2 shop fillers to create beautiful florals to fill the room,’ she said.

Mrs Riley collected 160 waterlily and lotus jar candles from the cheap retailer to give the reception room an 'ambience' and quality scent

Mrs Riley collected 160 waterlily and lotus jar candles from the cheap retailer to give the reception room an ‘ambience’ and quality scent

'There were lawn games outside and the reception was held inside a hall we hired for four days to the tune of $1,600,' she said

'My flowers for centrepieces and the cake table were bunches upon bunches of Kmart flowers hot glued and wired together with a few random $2 shop fillers to create beautiful florals to fill the room,' she said

The arbour she and Mr Riley stood beneath to exchange their vows was handmade using white Kmart flowers mixed with ivy and Desflora brand blooms

Mrs Riley collected 160 waterlily and lotus jar candles from the cheap retailer to give the reception room an ‘ambience’ and quality scent. 

She also saved rose gold service plates, cutlery and copper ice buckets to be placed on each of the decorated tables. 

The arbour she and Mr Riley stood beneath to exchange their vows was handmade using white Kmart flowers mixed with ivy and Desflora brand blooms.

She also saved rose gold service plates, cutlery and copper ice buckets to be placed on each of the decorated tables

She also saved rose gold service plates, cutlery and copper ice buckets to be placed on each of the decorated tables

The cake looked phenomenal but only one tier of it is actually edible

The table settings were easy to find with this helpful map

Catering cost $25 per head, with the guests enjoying a hot roast, and there was a photo booth on site for memorable images

With the remaining money Mrs Riley secured a Stella York gown, five bridesmaid dresses from eBay, a photographer, videographer and a DJ

With the remaining money Mrs Riley secured a Stella York gown, five bridesmaid dresses from eBay, a photographer, videographer and a DJ

‘There were lawn games outside and the reception was held inside a hall we hired for four days to the tune of $1,600,’ she said. 

‘Our amazing cake was jaw dropping but only one tier was real.’

Outdoor signage was simply a collection of $4 Kmart chalkboards and there were pink spray painted mason jars to house the centre pieces.

'I spent quite some time putting together all of my decorations but the time spent saved me spending up big and it has added a personal touch to our special day,' she said

‘I spent quite some time putting together all of my decorations but the time spent saved me spending up big and it has added a personal touch to our special day,’ she said

Catering cost $25 per head, with the guests enjoying a hot roast, and there was a photo booth on site for memorable images.

With the remaining money Mrs Riley secured a Stella York gown, five bridesmaid dresses from eBay, a photographer, videographer and a DJ.

‘I spent quite some time putting together all of my decorations but the time spent saved me spending up big and it has added a personal touch to our special day,’ she said.   

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