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If your wedding is 6 months or less away and you have your heart set on a particular photographer, videographer, or band that your budget doesn't allow for, negotiate prices with them. In this economy, and with only 6 months or less left to go, they are probably not going to get booked if they havn't already. Rather than have the day go with no business, they are sure to give you a great price. You can get iit down even lower if you offer a cash deal; that benefits both them and you. Good Luck!
Jenny R.
Have a small wedding and make every detail significant. We are writing our own vows, planning a back yard wedding and every detal is going to be home made instead of store bought. My flowers will be dried flowers from our garden, and each part of the day will have more meaning since we are planning it in a simplistic way.
Kristina H.
In order to cut your cake costs - ask the baker if they are able to do fake layers, except for the top layer that you will cut in front of everyone. Then order a sheet cake to serve your guests from.
Jean S.
Before you go spending any money on your wedding, a bride needs to sit down, weigh out all options and then make her decisions.
Markita B.
Check with family members and friends to see what they have. My future sister-in-law had a bunch of friends who got married last summer. They all pooled their centerpieces together and lend them out to others. By using pieces of their centerpieces, I am doing all of mine for free!
Marcia B.
My tip is: Network with your friends who already had their wedding to save money. You can save yourself a lot of time and phone calls by tapping into the research they already did!
Jennie G.
The best way to save is to hire a wedding coordinator! You might have to shell out extra cash for one - but they know the very best, tried and true ways to make your wedding stunning without getting you into debt!
Kara S.
We are getting married in Central Park and all of our guests are coming from out of the state of NY so we thought it would be great (and really cheap) to send hand written postcards as invites instead of the traditional ones which can be extremely expensive. I found a NYC souvenir shop and bought all I needed for under $5.
Shannon B.
Weddings are definitely expensive these days and being on a budget can be difficult. My tip is to go elegant but cheap. I have decided to have friends and family help me by making the cake, making my own flowers and decorations. I have also come up with an idea of having my soon to be mother-in-law and other family members help make the food and have the reception at the church instead of the hall to save on the cost of catering the food.
Kathy J.
Can't afford calligraphy? Use an home printer and a free calligraphy font (from a site like dafont.com) and print in a very light color on the envelopes. Then use a thick paint/ink pen from a craft store and trace the lettering. Looks just as professional as real calligraphy.
Carla S.
Enlist your family and friends to assist you at your wedding! What a great way to catch up and connect by planning for the BIG day. Recycle any house-wares you have around the house in creative ways.
Sandra T.
To save money on my wedding ceremony I am planning on getting married in an indoor garden. This way I don't have to buy flowers or decorate the space for the ceremony. Also since it is an indoor garden I won't have to worry about stormy weather.
Cassandra P.
Be sure to have some emergency baby powder at your reception! If someone spills red wine or any kind of drink on your gown just toss some powder on the stain and it will camouflage the stain on your gorgeous gown!
Kelvia C.
Ask! You never know if a fiend of your aunt's bakes wedding cakes or if a college friend does photography. Be creative with your contacts as well . Many art, culinary, and cosmetology students will provide services for a fraction of the cost.
Jessica L
Go to the Dean of the photography/art department at your local college and ask if they can recommend any skilled senior students as a potential photographer for your wedding. They'll do it for cheap since they need to build a portfolio anyway. Then have them take all the pics on a digital camera with flashdrive, then they can hand over the flashdrive at the end of the night and you have your pictures! You can go to Walgreens and print out your own book! Save thousands of dollars!
Christina W.
Vases for centerpieces can be expensive, even to rent. My florist rents them for $8 per vase and with a big guest list, that can add up quick. So - I bought my centerpiece vases at the dollar store. I saved $7 per vase and I don't have to worry about getting the vases back to the florist or rental place, I can keep some and send some centerpieces home with my preferred guests!
Nicole F.
My bridesmaids are spread out through the USA right now, so to take full advantage of that I have them constantly looking for bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses that not only look great but are cost friendly. The more research I seem to be doing, the more price cutting I find. Another big tip is to buy in bulk. Nobody will know if it came from Walgreens or a high end gallery!!
Brittany K.
Have your reception at the church. Consider just having a cake and punch reception and then going out with your friends afterwards or getting an early start on the honeymoon.
Amy K.
Print your own invitations and reply cards using your computer and supplies from a craft store to save on invitation costs.
Ashley G.
Rent a PA and speakers (or borrow from a friend), and connect a laptop that has playlists for your wedding. Then, all you need is a friend willing to MC and you've got a low-cost DJ.
Molly B