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The Price is Right

June 22, 2011

Everyone wants their wedding day to be regal and glamorous but, for the most part, no one can tell whether you spent $10 or $100 on any given item. The focus is on you and your husband-to-be. If you can get away with saving money, you absolutely should. After all, the average wedding costs $25-30,000 for a single day and that’s more than a lot of people make in a year! Here are some ways to cut some corners and save a penny or two…

Put some time into thinking about who you are inviting. You don’t have to include every single person you have ever met or even everyone who has asked you to their wedding. Another thing you can do is have people respond to you via email or by phone to save on postage.

Have your wedding and reception at the same location. It saves a lot of money to not have to pay for two separate places.

A lot of brides get HUGE wedding cakes that their guests could never possibly eat and much of it ends up being thrown away. Be reasonable. Cakes can be just as impressive and beautiful on a smaller (and cheaper) scale.

Your date has a lot to do with how much you will pay. Saturday is the priciest day and June, August and September are the most expensive months so if you are willing to get married during “off peak” times, you can save yourself quite a bit.

When it comes to your dress, try shopping at a sample sale. The gowns are just as amazing but a WHOLE lot cheaper!

Use only one kind of flower in your bouquet. That way, even if you want to have 100 of them, the florist only has to make one order which will cut down on costs. Also, consider flowers that are in bloom during the season of your big day. That will significantly cut down on the price because nothing will have to be brought in from somewhere else.

Most importantly, remember that while your wedding day is a very important day, it is the first of many to come. You will remember it forever, whether you spend $10,000 or $100,000 and what means the most is the company that surrounds you, and that is priceless.

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