Bride KNITS her own dress and hunts out crockery from charity shops for 5,000 recession wedding

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Thrifty bride KNITS her own dress and hunts out crockery from charity shops for 5,000 recession weddingLydia Tayler, 26, made her dress for under 200 using 300g of yarn and 100,000 stitches

When Lydia Tayler and Ash Pears wanted to hold their dream wedding and still have money left over to buy a house, they knew they needed to be inventive.

And thanks to Lydia”s handicraft skills, they managed to hold a wedding for just 5,000 – nearly 15,000 cheaper than the cost of the average wedding.

She knitted her own dress, decked out the reception with homemade bunting and served nearly 80 guests on crockery scavenged from charity shops and car boot sales.

Wool you marry me Lydia with her with husband Ashley in the wedding dress she knitted herself

Wool you marry me Lydia with her with husband Ashley in the wedding dress she knitted herself

She and husband Ash got their big day for a snip – 5,000 comparedto the 20,248 average bill which the bridal industry says couples facein 2012 for their big day.

It allowed the happy couple to splash out on a 18 night dream honeymoon in Bali and Singapore and have enough left over for a deposit on a new house.

One of the biggest savings was on the wedding dress which Lydia, 26, knocked up for less than 200 – using a 3.99 pair of knitting needles.

Lydia, of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, spent four months making a made-to-measure dress which would make 26-year-old Ash proud, using 300g of yarn and 100,000 stitches.

She said: “I looked at a few dresses first but only for inspiration. I did try a couple on but had already set my mind to knitting my own.

“I did not look at the price tags but I know from my friends” wedding they would have cost a fortune.

“Even if we had had the money to spend on a big wedding we would not have done it. What most people spend is a very good deposit for a house.

Handy: The 26-year-old who has been knitting since the age of 6, spent four months hand knitting the woollen dress, which featured over 100,000 stitches

Handy: The 26-year-old who has been knitting since the age of 6, spent four months hand knitting the woollen dress, which featured over 100,000stitches

“If we had won the National Lottery the only change we would have made is a free bar for our friends.

“Everyone just loved my dress. They could not stop looking at it and taking photographs. It was lovely to wear – not only nice and warm but as light as lace because I used very fine yarn.

“Knitting is a huge part of my life and I always knew I would want it toform some part of our wedding – I just didn”t set out for it to play such a huge role.

“The dress is the hardest, and most important, garment I have ever made but I”m so glad I did it.”

After the ceremony in Huddersfield Town Hall the wedding party moved onto a reception at the local rugby club.

Lydia handmade her own bouquet using fabric flowers and a vintage brooch

Lydia handmade her own bouquet using fabric flowers and a vintage brooch

Lydia and her family decorated the conference suite with home-made bunting and fed the 78 guests off crockery from car boot sales and charity shops.

She carried a bouquet of stitched together fabric and fake flowers and handed out home-made wedding gifts of pear pin cushions made out of stuffed fabric.

Lydia – now Lydia Pears – has been knitting for ten years and runs a wool shop called Spun in Huddersfield”s Byram Arcade.

Video director Ash works with the rock stars of the future including Ginger Wildheart whose fan-funded album was at one stage said to be out-selling the likes of Rihanna and Coldplay in the UK charts.

The couple”s savings were boosted by the home-spun ceremony and they are now ready to buy a home big enough to raise a family.

She continued: “Most of the guests had no idea that I would be wearing aknitted wedding dress and many refused to believe I had made it.

“My dad even joked in his speech that I”d knitted myself a husband, although of course that isn”t true.

“If someone else was considering knitting their own dress, I”d tell themto go for it.

“There”s nothing better than walking down the aisle knowing you”ve got a totally unique dress on and one that you”ve made yourself. Just make sure you leave yourself plenty of time.”