Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Money Saving Ideas

We all know weddings are expensive, but here a few tips to make sure you (and your family) don't go broke!

  • Consider having your wedding in the off-season: January - March and during late fall
  • Rent tuxes or suits instead of buying them for the bridal party
  • Shop for your bridesmaid's dresses during prom season and after New Year's - no one said you have to purchase these dresses at a bridal shop!
  • Silk flowers can be a great alternative to fresh flowers for use in your decorations. Plus, you can re-use them for future events
  • To make your invitations less expensive, do them yourself. There are a number of paper stores and websites available where you can find original ideas and ways to make your own invitations
  • Buy your own hair accessories; don't leave it up to the stylist to supply them
  • The fancier the food at the your reception is, the more expensive it will be. Stick to familiar foods and only choose fruits and vegetables that are in season
  • Having a champagne toast? Limit the champagne to you and your bridal party
  • Holding your reception in a hotel has a lot of good points. They usually decorate, offer professional services like a DJ, can cater well to large groups, and will most likely include the honeymoon suite with discounted rooms for out-of-town guests
  • DJs cost less than a live band
  • Remember also to utilize your friends and family who have special skills. Maybe your sister is great with hair and makeup, or your aunt is a florist. If you have a friend who is great with a camera, ask them to do your photos - this will save you a great deal on hiring someone for the whole day and purchasing a package
Hope these tips have given you some good ideas on how to cut some costs while planning your wedding!

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