Revd Peter Collins had the pleasure of helping to arrange and be a part of Rosie and Foz’s big day.

Rosie Binning, 36, and Foz, 50, had to rearrange their big day four times due to the coronavirus pandemic and finally managed to say 'I do' last month.

The couple from North Hykeham, Lincoln, had planned a festival-themed wedding in May 2020, but due to Covid restrictions they had to put it on hold.

After rearranging the celebrations several times, Rosie and Foz decided to ditch the theme, transport and caterers for a smaller wedding in May 2021. Opting for public transport and ordering food from a local fish and chips shop, they spent just £2,600 - down from the original price of £14,000.

Rosie, who works as a child care assistant, said: "Our wedding had been cancelled once, rearranged three times and postponed by a whole year and we didn't want to wait any longer. So we were forced to cut the guests from 200 to 22 and ditch the marquee, food stalls, DJ and bands. It was supposed to be a festival themed wedding with a weekend of glamping too. We ended up booking a local church hall adjacent to the church which is a mile away from our house so I said I'll just get the bus. The bus stop is right outside so it made sense. Everyone thought it was a genius idea! We even purchased custom-made face masks for £50 as you can't get on public transport without one.

The couple were delighted when Stagecoach East Midlands offered to send a bus just for them - and the bridal party were waved off by onlookers in the park.

Foz, an aviation consultant, said: "Our wedding was always about having fun and sharing the day with family and friends. We didn't want to follow the formalities and have a sit-down meal with speeches."

The church hall was decorated with handmade bunting and guests tucked into a chippy - with the bill costing £130. The couple purchased biodegradable plates, cutlery and glasses for only £10.

Foz said: "Originally, our budget was £14,000 but we managed to pull the day off for less than £2,600. The most expensive item was Rosie's wedding dress which was £800 and the four bridesmaid dresses were £100 each.

"We had friends all over the country watching on the live stream and dancing with us in their living rooms.  Remote friends were even sending us messages and making requests to the DJ's. It made the day feel like we had shared the fun and frolics with all of our family and friends. I think we have shown you don't have to spend a fortune to make your day special. We did what worked for us."

This item was published on Tuesday 8th June 2021.