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6 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Apr 15, 2008
There's no doubt about it, weddings can be expensive; the average cost of a wedding today is 20 to 25 thousand dollars with an industry estimated at 25.3 billion dollars per year. Just because a wedding is expensive does not mean it will be a success; although you may not believe it now, a cheap wedding can be arranged which everyone will enjoy. Here are a few suggestions to help you save some money on the more expensive areas; perhaps using the savings on something more worthwhile.

1. Hand Made Wedding Gowns - Fortunately there are several options available to help reduce this cost, including the option of a dress that has been worn before. As the wedding dress has probably only been worn once anyway and you can get a once expensive dress for half the price; consider buying an evening gown or cocktail dress from a department store perhaps even look into renting your dress for the day.

2. Your Wedding Reception - The largest single cost is that of the wedding reception but even here savings are possible; when you start to arrange your cheap wedding, pay careful attention to the number of guests you want to invite. Try and keep your guest list to a minimum: ask yourself if you really need to invite family members you haven't seen for years; instead, opt for a three course meal or a hot and cold buffet.

To save on a costly wedding reception venue in a hotel, consider the alternatives; some people now arrange to hold them in a club house where they can place a set amount over the bar for certain beverages like beer, wine and soft drinks for the children.

3. Images of the Wedding - Although many photographers are employed for the entire day, this isn't really necessary; the majority of guests are more than happy to take photos on behalf of the couple, and they will be 'natural' shots as well! Although it may sound like an unusual idea, you always have the option to not use a professional photographer at all; there is no reason why the photos can't be taken by your guests and you will find yourself saving many hundreds if not thousands, of dollars.

4. Home Computer Original Stationary - When looking at other areas where money can be saved, do not overlook wedding stationery; invitations for example, do not have to be taken to a printer when they can be produced by anyone reasonably competent with a home computer. With the correct programs, all the work can be checked fully before it is printed out; this means that often costly errors and adjustments that are often required in the early stages of the work are not made.

5. Floral Arrangements - Cost cutting measures can also be found in the area of flowers and their arrangement; these can actually be purchased in large quantities from wholesalers or even from your own garden if you have the capacity. Many people have friends who are very capable cooks and love to bake so why not let them bake a two or three tier wedding cake; this can be made from sponge or even a chocolate cake which tends to be favorite amongst people these days.

6. Wedding Cars and Limousines - Lastly, instead of a limousine why not rent a car or borrow a luxury car from a friend or relative; most will be pleased to help.

Savings can be made everywhere if you just know where to look but this doesn't mean it has to look like a cheap wedding; who will care providing everyone enjoys the occasion!
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