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Instead of renting costly limousines rent town cars which are classy and less expensive, or ask a friend with a nice convertible for a dramatic entrance.
Chandra M.
I think making your wedding invitations will help you save money and also making your own party favors. You can also save by registering at different websites and getting discounts or coupons. Every little bit counts!
Martha R.
Don't buy a gown that is too heavy for you to walk in. This way you can move comfortably and still have a good time.
Roxana F
I am planning to bring a member of my bridal party to take pictures of my bustle at my final dress fitting. I have helped friends "bustle up" their dresses before the reception, and we couldn't quite figure out how to get it right. Because I was not with them at the bridal salon, I didn't know how to do it. By bringing a member of my bridal party to the fitting, she can learn how to help me on my big day.
Valerie C.
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
Buy a beautifully decorated small cake for the traditional cake cutting, but serve your guests from a sheet cake hidden in the kitchen. They will never know the difference and you can save up to $4 per slice!!!
Sara D.
Instead of buying expensive floral centerpieces, make your own! For example: if planning a beach themed wedding, buy hurricane jars and fill them part way with sand and place a pillar candle in the sand. You can scatter shells around the candle and on the table to extend the theme.
Kelly G.
Visualize yourself at your reception when trying on dresses. This will help you see if it is the right dress.
Jennifer D
When considering wedding band and ring options, consider going vintage by either choosing an heirloom piece that has been in your families for decades, if not generations, or buying an antique ring.
Rosalyn K.
To help with the troubled economy - have family and friends join in the wedding fun. Have a "Get Together" to help make bouquets for bridesmaids, pew decorations, flower arrangements for centerpieces for receptions or birdseed/rose petal bags. This "party" is not only cost saving but loads of fun to have everyone you love to be together, laughing and sharing with you as they play a part of the Wedding of your Dreams.
Shannon R.
Involve your fiance throughout the planning process-- he will respect your ideas of your dream wedding while keeping a watchful eye on your budget.
Jennifer F.
Choosing a ceremony and reception site that is naturally beautiful will diminish your need for decorating extravagantly, thereby lowering costs on decorations and flowers.
Joyce P.
Learn which things you can spend less on and the things that you need to spend more on! A photographer is something not to skimp on. Those pictures will be the only tihng left after everything is all said and done. The cake is something you can skimp on. Going to a cullinary school for cakes, or even reception food will save you at leat a third of what you would have originally spent going to a caterer.
Lauren J.
Whatever you enjoy the most, do it yourself (DIY). If you enjoy baking, bake your own wedding cake. If you enjoy flowers or crafts, make your own bouquets. Not only will DIYing help with your budget, you will get to invest more in your wedding.
Jenna G.
Many places may include some type of centerpiece in the cost. If they do, but you want to spice them up a little, there are many websites where you can buy items in bulk. The more you buy, the more you save. We are going to purchase snowflake votive candles and holders along with bulk glass beads to put around the centerpeices.
Sara L.
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Keep a spray bottle handy for small wrinkles. Spray the area lightly and use a hairdryer to dry the area wrinkle free.
Alfred Angelo
You can personalize everything with pictures of you and your partner; like guestbook, favors, etc. and all your guests will know and enjoy your relationship, also they can save a favor to remind your wedding day.
Yolanda M.
One way that we are saving money on our wedding is we posted on craigslist that we were looking for a photographer. We got a ton of emails and realized that a lot of them were from new graduates from a well known university who had just finished an extensive program in photography. After interviewing and talking with a few of these students and seeing their work, we found one who was just what we wanted and for an amazing price! Our agreement in that we pay less than 1/2 of what most photographers cost in exchange for her use of our photos in her portfolio and on her website to help her start her business. It has saved us over $2000!
Kate W.
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.