It's your day and Yes, you can have it your way. Here are several cost saving ideas to make your day great, even though the budget may not be that great.
* Keep your guest list short. A short guest list allows you to have a grand wedding base on
the price per person, centerpieces, rentals, etc.
* Plan your wedding off-season. The time of year influence the cost of your big day. Late fall through early spring can save you up to 25 percent less per person.
* Offer few meal choices. Only one or two entree choices. Sit down, family style services
calls for more food and more servers.
* Scale down the cake. Your guests can still eat cake. Go ahead and get the dream cake,
but order a large sheet cake to accomodate all your guests.
* Use local musicians. Local music schools or colleges have very talented students who can perform during your cocktail hour or ceremony. The price is much lower than hiring a
* Be creative with your floral. For a greater impact, use larger flowers. They may be more
expensive but you won't need as much. Also use what is in season, you'll always get a
* Curb the drinks. Instead of a open bar, serve wine, beer and of course your "signature
* Say yes to a sample dress. A sample wedding dress can be a bride-to-be dream come
through. November through January, May through June are sample-sale season at
bridal boutiques, where buyers have to make room for the new gowns and inventory.
* Slash your photography cost. Having your wedding on the off season allows you to get
up to 15 percent off (January - April). Also using an associate photographer can save
you substantially, sometimes up to half.