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Go with the classic French or American Manicure. Color trends for manicures change quickly and will make your photos look dated.
Alfred Angelo
Your bridesmaids don't all have to have the same exact color. You could have a rainbow wedding!
Denise D.
I believe that the best tip is organization. Everything should be organized in a binder with a check list of everything that needs to be done in the appropriate amount of time. I also think that it's important to clip everything that you see in magazines as inspiration and put that in your binder too. Also, make notes of everything that comes to mind and add it to the binder so you don't forget.
Jennifer S.
For my wedding flowers, we are buying red silk roses for less than $1/each. My colors are red, black and white... in order for me to have black roses, I am spray painting them with a flat black spray paint (less than $2/can). Great way to save money on flowers and still have beautiful bouquets!
Jeanna D.
Send your bridesmaids pictures of the details on your dress so that if they are dress shopping by themselves they can subtly match your design!
Felicia T.
One of my tips that is really helping my wedding is since flowers are so expensive, I am having the local vocational school do my bouquets for my wedding party. They are coming out beautiful and they are less expensive than going to a flower shop.
Rachel B.
The best way to save is to be very realistic with your budget and to do your best to not go over what you really can afford. Planning in advance is very helpful to set specific goals along the way. Set aside a certain funds per month/week that will go directly into the cost of your wedding. Realize that a wedding is made to last, so that means not just preparing for the moment, but for all of your days in this life. * Most important tip, you can never have enough prayer because HE will always make a way.
Yvonne O.
Almost everyone knows someone with a flower garden. Check out using their flowers for your arrangements. Most people would consider it a honor for you to ask if you could use them.
Angela B.
Have a small battery powered fan available for a quick cool down.
Diana S.
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 Hobby Lobby in order to get a veil. They look just as nice as the ones that they have in the stores for a lot less. Also Wal-Mart and Target sell sets that have the garter, guest book, and flower girl basket all in one (along with the ring bearer pillow). Fake flowers look just as nice and last a lot longer when you begin to decorate. You can still use real flowers as well as the fake ones to decorate.
Jocelyn S.
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.
Try finding a non traditional location for your wedding reception like a public park, backyard, or local YMCA to allow yourself more freedom in planning while you cut back on your costs.
Kathleen P
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.
Make sure you make plenty of appointments with different places before you decide on your wedding location because you never know if you'll end up loving the place that has the best deal. Same goes for the photographer and videographer; try to bundle services in a package to save you some money.
Frances M.
Make sure you make plenty of appointments with several people before you decide on your wedding location, photographer, and videographer because you never know if you'll end up loving the ones that have the best deal.
Frances M

Nicole M.
Enlist friends and family with special talents to help with your wedding. My father did the flowers and my mother did the cake for my brother's wedding and they both came out beautiful!
Jessica S.
If you want professional photos but need to save money, think of having a talented friend or family member do either the reception or ceremony, and hire a professional photographer for only a few hours.
Molly B
Call local hotels and find out about any guest rates. You can include this information in your invitations.
Vicki P