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Your wedding is a celebration! Don't get caught up in the little things of the day; enjoy every moment!
Courtney H.
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.
I kind of think flowers are over-rated and they're sooo expensive! Unless you really like flowers there's no need to buy a bouquet for yourself.... I had a friend that got married last year and she FORGOT to take her $200 bouquet with her. NOBODY noticed until she told them.
Rachel R.
Instead of favors, make a donation to a favorite charity. Charitable organizations are in the economy too, so why not donate in honor of your wedding guests!
Deanna T.
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.
Ask your family for help with as much as possible - the decorating, cooking, making your cake, bartending, etc....
Jessica B.
Make sure you include your fiance in the planning process so the wedding is a reflection of you both. Also remember that most guys don't care about every little detail. Narrow down your selections, show him a few photos and then ask for his help. If you put him on overload, he won't want to be involved at all!
Megan Q.
Keep everyone's budget in mind andallow your bridesmaids to choose their own coordinating shoes. It makes for great photo opportunities!
Bragan P.
My fiance and i are getting married out of town, so to save some money and be creative instead of sending normal save the date cards, we sent post cards. We went with my mom to our wedding location town and bought some local postcards, than sent them out since we were having a destination wedding. it was my mom's idea, saved us a chunk of money and our guest thought it was a really special personalized piece to our wedding.
lisa t.
Choose flowers that are in bloom close to your wedding date. These flowers will be easier to find and cheaper.
Kady M.
Always remember that no matter how expensive your wedding is; it is the one day that was supposed to be.
Alicia B.
Prioritize your spending! For us, photography was really important and we didn't care as much about videography. So, we're splurging on a great photographer and hiring a film student from a local university to film our ceremony. I think it's best to pick the three things that are really important to you and make those your "splurge" items. For everything else, get creative! Hiring students is a great way to cut costs, like an ensemble from the music program at a local college for your ceremony musicians. Also, consider using a local restaurant for your food instead of a high-priced catering company. Finally, don't be afraid to negotiate with your vendors! They've been hard-hit by this recession as well and most are hungry for business. You'll be surprised at how accommodating many of them will be if you try to negotiate on price.
Mary R.
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
Starting as early as you can decide on a budgett, figure out what you can do on your own... centerpeices, flowers, etc. If you aren't sure if you can do it, grab a craft book or look online and give it a try! Go to the local craft store and see what you can do and what all they have. Don't forget to check for supplies online either, there are tons of bargains out there!
Sarah M.
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.
Create your own stationary and save BIG. I was able to design my own invitations in PhotoShop and took them to my local "mom and pop shop" printer. For $200 I was able to print my invitations, directions, response cards, programs as well as envelopes, table cards and Thank you cards!
Sarah W.
If you are a member of your church, you can probably have your wedding ceremony and reception there for free (saves lots of money!). Look at your local craft store for pre-made silk bouquets/ideas. And if you are willing, cut the high price of candles by making your own to help create the ambience you want at your reception.
Sigred S.
Instead of ordering Save the Date Cards, create a letter about you and your fiance's journey to how you got to where you are and some future plans, print it out on decorative paper. Even with envelopes, printing and paper you still save couple hundred dollars and it's fun and unique!
Lexie G.
By doing my wedding on a Thursday night rather than on a Saturday night, I saved $9000 on the reception hall, and approximately another $1000 on the DJ + Photographer!
Floryn G.
Do your own flowers (unless you want a really manicured/stylized look) - purchase them from a wholesale flower dealer, or local farmer (even in big cities you probably have a farmers' market). Simple looks are "in" (ie. a bouquet of all one type of flower), and I'm personally going for the "wildflowers from a meadow" look, which lends itself to being home-done.
Belinda M.