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Designate a person or persons on your wedding day to take all the questions whether it be from family or guest. On this day especially both the bride and the groom need to stay happy and worry free.
Sreya P
Have an evening wedding around 6:30 with a reception featuring heavy appetizers and a lavish dessert buffet. Save the money on the sit down dinner and don't worry about seating arrangements! Plus everyone enjoys the best parts of a wedding, the appetizers and desserts and dancing... and you enjoy it all on a lower price tag.
Paula T.
We planned our wedding for the weekend after a big event that was being held at the church. We're going to save a lot of money on flowers because the entire church is already going to be decorated. We also considered planning the wedding for the weekend after Easter or around Christmas when the church would be decorated.
Victoria S.
Spice up your tables at the reception by using a chair cover sash as a table runner. Top runner and table with different sized candles (you can get loads from the dollar store) and confetti cut out of contrasting colored cardstock (I used a flower stamp for mine!!) A simple yet elegant table for under $15 a piece!
Brooke M.
Save money on a band or DJ by utilizing your venue's existing sound system along with an iPod playlist or burned CDs. If you want to add some class and a personal touch, you can ask friends or family to play/sing the song for your first dance. After that, no one will notice that the music is no longer live.
Morgan G
I have to say that you need to remind your self when the day finally comes it is filled with nothing but happiness, love, good company, and lots of fun. Keeping that in mind while planning definately helps to control the Bridezilla in us all. Staying calm makes everything more enjoyable and keeps things moving smoothly.
Samantha A.
The best favors are the edible ones. It's economic and a sure win with the guests.
Kristhina V.
Cut down on the cost of décor by having your wedding in a garden. It will also make a great place to have your photographs done.
Miranda D
Allow your bridesmaids to choose their own hairstyles instead of forcing them to match. They will feel more comfortable throughout the day, and thank you for it later!
Robyn H.
If you happen to be crafty, make your own flowers, reception centerpieces and decorations. Will save you tons of money!
Jenny S.
Add photos to your invitations at a minimal cost by using a strip of photos from a photo booth and making duplicates. This can be a fun and cost effective way to get a great picture that reflects your personalities.
Evette R
Instead of booking hotels, resorts, or even reception halls, try looking in your local city websites for their rental facilities. I found an awesome Cultural Arts Center that is GORGEOUS for $50 an hour and $50 deposit! Also, research centerpieces online and shop at wholesale decor stores to create the same expensive things seen on TV shows or in magazines. has great guest favors and even invitations on the cheap. Order their wedding catalog and they send you a whole catalog with invitations and other goodies to let guests know of your big day.
Jeannie A.
Get a friend who is good with makeup to do yours on your special day! Make sure she sticks with colors that look natural on your face. Fake eyelashes can really make your eyes pop in pictures too. (Buy good eyelash glue. Duo is the best.) Make sure to practice beforehand! You can even take pictures and see how it's going to look :)
Kasia S.
Put as much time into preparing for your marriage as you do planning your wedding and reception... remember the wedding only lasts a day and the marriage lasts your whole life.
Julie B.
Keep it simple and don't worry about what everyone else thinks.
Amy K.
Don't forget to spend time with your mom during the planning of your wedding. After all she has been dreaming of her little girls big day.
Kacee S
I bought most of the items I needed for my wedding like my flutes, unity candle, guset book and pen on Ebay! They are the same items from Things Remembered but for less than half the price!!! We are paying for our wedding ourselves so we needed to save money. I also ordered my wedding favors and goodie bags on ebay, overall we saved about $600.00. Use the internet! But NEVER buy your wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses online! My friend did and she didn't get an Alfred Angelo original, she got a poorly made look a like!
Ana D.
Carry a stick of white chalk with you on the day of the ceremony to cover any spots that may get on your gown.
Alfred Angelo
Have a small battery powered fan available for a quick cool down.
Diana S
Having my wedding in March instead of during the peak months, has allowed me to save on photography - the photographer was willing to be flexible in price. I used a local flower shop instead of a florist that specializes in weddings. I decided to make my own favors - using coupons from AC Moore and Michaels. My favors are coming out to be 47 cents each.
Dawn C.