By Sandra Birungi
A Scottish couple spent $1.56 on their wedding which is roughly Sh4000.
The couple, 36-year-old Georgina Porteous and 39-year-old singer-songwriter Sid Innes budgeted their wedding for just $1.56. The couple, who are dedicated to recycling and self-sufficiency vowed to keep the day they exchanged vows super simple.
They had 70 guests for the wedding which took place in a barn on their property behind their cottage. The $1.56 was spent on Porteous’ vintage ivory wedding gown that she found on freecycle.org. Innes on the other hand wore an old tweed suit. Their rings were handmade by Porteous using antlers she found in her garden.
The ceremony was officiated by her mother while a neighborhood reverend donated his services for free in order to make it all official.
As for the reception, the venue was decorated with locally grown flowers, hay bales, and lanterns that community farmers contributed. The newlyweds asked their guests to bring food and drinks for a potluck picnic and Porteous’s aunt baked the cake. The wedding photographer who captured the festivities bartered his services in exchange for some film editing by Porteous. And the affair’s music came courtesy of the bride’s father, who played jazz on the saxophone.
“We thought we’d do [our wedding] differently and we started to become quite obsessed with it and ways to save money. It was exciting, fun and a challenge,” Innes said in a YouTube video. The only thing they would not pay their way out was paying the $109.23 charge for a marriage license.