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Don't be afraid to negotiate with vendors. After they give you a price, simply ask them if they can do better- they almost always say yes and will give a discount!
Linda D.
when shopping for wedding stuff, try the second hand shops first because you may find something unique that you'll never find in a regular store. Always try to barter with them on the price. You never know, you may get it cheaper if you barter.
amber s.
If you want to save money and your fiance is a member of your local fire company - have your wedding reception there. You can pretty much have the run of the place an decorate it the way you like
Elisa E.
Schedule your wedding for Friday instead of Saturday. Everything from the caterer to the DJ to the venue will be cheaper.
Rayah M.
The biggest thing I have is to shop around. Whether it's for your DJ, Invitations, Flowers etc. Everyone is hurting right now and there is always room to bargain. Talk to friends, family, and even co-workers to find out if they have anyone in their family that DJ's, is a calligrapher, or a florist. That alone can save you a bundle. When I saw that the cost of flowers would be more than what I make in an entire month, I knew I had to do something. I looked around and found an amazing deal where instead of paying $12 a stem, I am now paying less than $1 a stem and it is saving me A LOT of money.
Teresa D.
Showcase your favorite spots! My fiance and I moved to the West Coast after graduation, leaving most of our family in PA and CT. We plan to have postcards at each table with our favorite locations and attractions from our new home in Portland, OR.
Megan G.
I've cut many of the wedding cost by designing and printing our own invitations, RSVP cards, best wishes cards, etc. I've also made all the wedding floral, which many of the floral is recycled floral from a wedding that took place last year. One of the guest gifts will be bookmarks, which I've designed using the same graphics and color scheme as the other printings. There are many cost cutting elements to a wedding, a person just must be willing to do a lot of the work themselves. Also, if you purchase items here and there, it doesn't seem like you are spending as much at one time.
Tina M.
To save money, I'm making my invitations and programs. It's a great way to cut cost. It also allows me to showcase my creativity and personal style.
Leah M.
Let your friends help with planning the ceremony music, taking photos, and making your invitaitons. It makes the wedding planning even more special when friends are involved.
Amy B
For a very reasonable price for reception location or wedding location, check out the recreation center or local parks. They are a beautiful location and aren't very expensive! Great for pictures!
lisa j.
Do what you can do yourself like flower arrangements which can be made simple. The most important adviice is don"t stress out. Enjoy this time, be happy. It is supposed to be fun and exciting, not nerve racking. Things will go wrong, just go with the flow and all will end well on your special day. You will be a glowing bride with family and friends helping you along the way.
mary j.
Rather than having one wedding color choose a wedding palate or a variety of shades of one color. This will make it easier and cheaper to find flowers and decorations for the wedding.
Erin B.
Instead of a guest sign in book I am have two of my friends at a table taking polorads of guest and having them write a note on it with there picture. This way I have a note and a picture of all my guest to remember, and to make a memory book later.
jennifer r.
I have been making things myself such as invitations and favors. Buying supplies from online auctions. In this economy we have to really maintain a budget. My wedding dress will be an Alfred Angelo as they have lovely dresses in plus sizes without any plus size fees.
Linda N.
Make your wish list in order of priority. Every bride is different and looking to see what's at the top of your list may give you a better idea of where to spend money and where to let things go.
Jessica L.
Pick out the two or three things that you'll remember most about your wedding to focus spending on. Cut costs as much as possible on everything else. For me: location, cake, & photos.
Kate M.
When looking for your perfect wedding dress it is best to at least choose 4 different styles before heading off to try on that one, because different styles may not look the way you thought they would on you.
Getine Q.
Look at images for your centerpieces sometimes you can do them all by yourself. The trick is to start early and make up your mind about what centerpieces you want. Look for those things as they go on sale throughout the year.
Sandra M.
Use the resources of your friends, family and loved ones. Everyone has talents, contacts, and information that can help you get the best deals with vendors, or they can help you do it yourself! This is the best way to help others who are in tight financial situations to have their assistance and advice be their wedding gift to you!
Erin M
Ditch the florist and be creative with center pieces. My centerpieces and crystal trees that I am doing myself and having my venue set up. Each table is going to end up costing only about $40.00. My cousin also did centerpieces that were flagstones on top of each other with one of their pictures framed on top. They came out great.
Danielle V.