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1st: Go to as many bridal shows as possible and start going early! The more you shows you go to, the more chances you have at winning stuff. I have won my DJ AND our honeymoon and I've gone to 3 so far! 2nd: Do small things that you can do yourself. I'm designing my own invites and having them printed online (the cost of online printing is cheap) I'm probably going to get my invitations for half the price this way!
Carla G.
Make sure you write down all details. Don't try to remember everything-you will leave something out.
Carolyn R.
If you find a venue that you like, but the quote they give you is out of your budget, don't just let it drop there. Call or email them and tell them that you regret that your budget will not be able to cover the costs associated with renting their facilities. Some places may be desperate enough to fill up their calander that they'll tell you they are willing to offer a deep discount, and you might be able to work something out with them.
Lauren I.
Visualize when trying on dresses. Imagine yourself at your actual wedding, the setting, your dress,and your reception. This helps you know if you are feeling the dress or if it's onto the next.
Jennifer D.
Since my wedding is out of town, we will make all flowers at a flower party by purchasing silk flowers and florist tape and making the mens boutonnieres, mothers corsages and any center pieces. We will only purchase the brides bouquet and the bridesmaids flower to carry. I also will use Gerber daisies to cut back on cost of more expensive flowers. I also found a local person who makes these at home with less overhead cost in the same town as the wedding.
Caroline H.
Remember that it is both you and your fiance's day. Make decisions that you both want even if some family members are not thrilled about it. If they love you enough, they will honor your wishes and go with the flow!
Daphney J
Armenian banquet halls offer the best value per person for food and drinks. Our community has several places that can offer food + open bar for 5 hours for under $50 per person! Some places even include a ravishing fruit table display as well as special lighting, dry ice for the first dance, cake for under $2 per person (cutting fee waived), and choice of linen/napkin colors. The banquet halls are lavishly decorated already and feel very royal and luxurious, which can help minimize the flower budget. They even have a list of associated vendors from photographers, DJ, flower, cake, limo service, and churches to make it easier for the couple to plan their dream wedding. I highly recommend Armenian banquet halls for any couple wanting a platinum wedding for a sterling silver budget.
susie y.
Enlist your family and friends to assist you at your wedding! What a great way to catch up and connect by planning for the BIG day. Recycle any house-wares you have around the house in creative ways.
Sandra T.
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
If you want your bridesmaids to match, but they are very different body types let them pick out their own dress in your colors. They know what fits their body the best and you still retain veto power.
Kellye B.
Definitley make a budget and stick to it. Look at different wedding websites and make a budget that will FIT your wedding. Try DIY websites, see what you and your bridal party can do yourselves. DO WHAT MAKES YOU AND FH HAPPY!!!
Tara B.
Having a morning or early afternoon wedding, even on a Saturday, will help save on the cost of food, alcohol and possibly even reception hall rental rates. And that way the guests can still make plans for that evening and the rest of the weekend.
Mary Susan G.
If your budget is tight and you feel you need to feed your guests, consider getting meat and cheese trays from your favorite local sandwich shop. Then just ask your family members to bring side salads or what ever you prefer. It helps cut costs and everyone is still full and happy.
ashley b.
Shorten the guest list...if you or your fiance haven't seen whomever in more than 2 years, cross them off the list.
Patricia R.
Keep the guest list to the people you really care about sharing your special day with. Most of the biggest expenses in a wedding are food and alcohol so inviting even a few less people can significantly shave your budget down for more important things... like the honeymoon!
Jacquelyn D.
Be sure to utilize everyone that is able and willing to help; this will reduce your stress level.
Veronica J.
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.
Save money on a band or DJ by utilizing your venue's existing sound system along with your own music created on an iPod playlist or burned CDs. If you want to add some class and a personal touch to your music selection, you can ask friends & family to play/sing the song for your first dance and/or your father/daughter dance. After that, no one will notice that the music is no longer live.
Morgan G.
Always remain calm under pressure. Remember this is you and your groom's day. Don't sweat the small things. Nothing is ever perfect so don't expect it to be perfect now. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy it!!
Nichelle D.
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.