Newlywed couple feed their reception guests on food bought with 40,000 supermarket loyalty points
Maggie and Mike Davies met whilst working at the Sainsbury's storeTheir wedding was 'perfect' and they 'couldn't have done it' without pointsThey spent thousands to get the points which were worth 200
20:14 GMT, 30 November 2012
Most people preparing to walk down the aisle have to tighten their belts and save up in preparation for the big day.
But Sainbury's workers' Maggie, 60, and Mike Davies, 63, created a wedding fund with a twist when they spent 18 months collecting 40,000 loyalty points which paid for all the food when they tied the knot.
The maximum they would have had to spend to get the points is 20,000 – but the couple guess they only spent 5,000
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Maggie and Mike Davies pictured in the car park of their local Sainsbury's on their wedding day. The pair met whilst working in the supermarket
Using their Nectar points they managed to put together a sumptuous buffet to feed all 140 of their guests.
The Davies, from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, spent the 200 worth of points on a feast of sandwiches, quiches, sausage rolls and desserts.
Mr Davies said: 'The food went down very well. The points paid for everything food wise, the only extra thing we had to get was the gateau which Sainsbury's didn't do.'
They met working at the supermarket and a choir of their colleagues sang at the ceremony.
The pair, who both still work at the shop, mainly collected in-store but also by paying their British Gas bill online. Normally two Nectar points are awarded
per 1 spent.
believe they spent roughly 200 a month on food shopping and bought
'everything', including Mrs Davies honeymoon wardrobe, in the shop.
Davies said: 'We definitely didn't spend 20,000 getting the points –
we work at Sainsbury's and don't spend that much in a year. It would be
less than half, probably a quarter, of that.'
Maggie and Mike Davies, pictured in a less traditional type of aisle on their big day, used the points to pay for their wedding buffet
Mrs Davies added: 'If we went through the tills and were given a voucher that says you get a thousand points to buy this product then we would actually go out of our way to get that product.'
Deli worker Mrs Davies, nee Alderman, added: 'It would have been really tight without the points.
'Our big day could not have been more perfect – it was more than I could ever have imagined.'
Her colleagues on the counters made the food and her boss even made their wedding cake as a gift.
of the customers got Mrs Davies to the registry office on time after
volunteering to be chauffeur when she heard they were having problems
getting a driver.
Mrs Davies said: 'She is one of Sainsbury's valued customers and we do like to get personal.'
The faithful workers even matched the flowers, buttonhole and Mr Davies' tie to the colour of the Nectar card
The pair married in a registry office, but took a quick detour to the store where they work for some quirky wedding pictures
The blushing bride raised a toast to the Nectar cards after their loyalty points, collected over a year and a half, paid to feed their 140 guests
The couple, who have both been married before and have 10 grandchildren between them, exchanged their vows at Kidderminster registry office.
The reception was held at Kidderminster Harriers football stadium.
Mr Davies, who works in the fresh food department, said: 'We decided to pool all our Nectar points and use them for the wedding.
'In 18 months we didn’t spend a single Nectar point and always bought products which could earn you extra points because of an offer. We couldn’t have done it without them.'
After their eyes met over the aisles the Davies got together in 2010 and Mr Davies proposed on Valentine’s Day last year.
He said: 'I was Maggie's immediate supervisor, that is were we first met.'
Mrs Davies said: 'He used to be my boss'.
But her new husband quipped: 'Now it is the other way around.'
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