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Make sure you include the groom. Even though it is your day you are not the only one getting married. It should be for both of you, your special day.
Jeanette C.
Remember that the day should reflect the style of TWO people, you and your wonderful man. Having his suggestions and ideas integrated into my own have made this an event that really is about the joining of two into one.
Teresa W.
Don't forget who you are as a couple, and allow your man to be himself on his wedding day. For me this meant having a Romantic Country wedding at my sister's ranch. So my laid back man gets to wear jeans, and a nice blazer. That way he can feel like himself and it will save us money on tux rental!
carolyn h.
We are going to borrow some of the components of the centerpieces (candle holders, etc.) from people who have already purchased these items for their own wedding. We are also planning a brunch instead of a dinner reception. It will cut food and beverage costs and also be more representative of our relationship. I recently was laid off from my job, so we are also having a longer engagement than we originally planned to give us additional time to save money for our wedding.
Dabney R.
Make your own wedding programs and reception place card holders. We are saving our wine cork for the holders!
Elizabeth H.
Always start with good foundation garments - the right bra can make all the difference in your pictures and how you feel through out the day.
Alfred Angelo
Search the internet to compare prices when buying invitations and wedding favors...You will probably find the same or similar item online for a cheaper price.
deshambra p.
Your bridesmaids are called "maids" for a reason! Delegate some jobs and tasks to them, it will clear up your schedule and your head!
Molly W
Keep things seasonal! By using flowers and foods that are in season you can keep costs down. Not only is it budget friendly it also offers a great theme for you to build from.
Jaclyn H.
We reused leftover centerpiece flowers from my sister-in-law's wedding. It was easy because we have similar tastes. Also, my father-in-law is retired from a major US candy manufacturer. He was able to get us a variety of chocolate table candies for a STEAL of a price. DIY is the way to save buko bucks!
Dawn K.
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.
Instead of purchasing ready-made invitations for $200 or so, buy an invitation making kit from Michaels and save.
clare b.
We gave our family 2 full years to prepare financially for our destination wedding in the Carribean. This gives them time to save, get passports, etc., while I keep an eye on all travel deals. With this much planning time, we will be able to find great travel discounts and good group rates.
Sasha H.
Have your wedding later in the evening and just have dessert/hor dourves instead of a big fancy meal
Leisa M.
Color code different files for your wedding: for example pink for the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girl, and green for the groom, groomsman, and ring bearer.
Nikki C.
Schedule your wedding for Friday instead of Saturday. Everything from the caterer to the DJ to the venue will be cheaper.
Rayah M.
I think the best way to save money is to plan ahead. First, you will need to come up with a budget. Then, research different resources for reasonable prices that fit your needs and wants.
Kimberly H.
Don't send out save the date cards.
Jana J.
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.