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Penny Pinching: Painless Ways to Plan a Big Wedding on a Small Budget

drew-coffman-100876Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life. You want everything to be perfect for you and your groom. But a wedding can also be incredibly expensive. No one should have to sacrifice on their wedding day, so here are some tips to help you cut the costs without feeling the pinch.

Save on Your Wedding Dress

Don’t rule out a pre-owned bridal gown just because it’s been worn before (actually not all of them have been). If you’re on a tight budget, this solution can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Pre-owned dresses have designer labels but they are usually cost less than 60 percent of the price of a new dress. Now that makes a difference, and no one is going to know it’s not a brand new dress. You can peruse a great selection of pre-owned designer wedding dresses at

Save on the Booking

Believe it or not, the day you choose to get married can make a big difference to your final wedding expense. Saturday it the most expensive day of the week to get married, so do yourself a favor and get married on a different day. Another way you can save on the booking is by holding your wedding and your reception at the same place. It will cut out travel expenses and make it a little easier on your guests.

Save on the Reception

There are a number of ways you can slash your reception costs. You can start by paring down the guest list. Keep it intimate, just invite family and close friends. This will save on invitations and reduce your catering bill significantly. Have larger tables at your wedding reception and save on the number of centerpieces you need. Save money on the food by having served hors d’oeuvres or food stations.

Save on the Cake

Order a small one or two tier cake and keep the decorations and add-ons simple and elegant. If you’re worried there won’t be enough for all your guests, you can keep a back-up sheet cake in the kitchen. You can save a lot of money on the cake by sing fresh flowers to decorate it, rather than fondant sugar ones. Avoid expensive fillings like exotic fruit.

Save on the Flowers

There are several ways you can economize on the flowers without looking cheap. First of all, use more greenery than flowers; it will still look natural but will save a lot of money. Second, ditch the more costly flowers, roses cost five times less than peonies. Buy flowers that are currently in season and stick to just one or two different blooms. You can also reduce the floral costs by incorporating other pieces into the settings, like feathers, shells or fruit.

Now you’ve read these tips, take a deep breath and go over your wedding preparation plans again and see how much money you’ve already saved.

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Phoebe Harrison works as a wedding planner, a job that makes her so happy! She shares her tips and tricks with brides to be around the web.

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