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Wedding Planning on the Cheap
Planning a wedding during prosperous times can seem financially inconceivable, let alone in a recession. But it can be done; you just have to be willing to think outside of the wedding cake box. Here are my tips to cutting costs fast while maintaining an elegant event:
Slash and burn your guest list.
Think of it as making your wedding the ultimate exclusive affair. Super immediate family and friends only.
Make your own invitations and programs.
Sure, it’s more time-consuming, but it will truly make your invitations one-of-a-kind and save you big bucks. The wedding stationary components are all about memorabilia anyway.
Wine and dine them.
Who says you have to give your guests a whole freaking meal? Find a caterer of your choice and pick three or four appetizers. Then ask the caterer to pair the appetizers with three or four different wines. Create your own menus that detail what goes best together.
Use natural beauty.
Get married at a public garden, park or in the fall when there’s tons of gorgeous colors.
The most important thing is that you both are open and honest throughout the entire process. Set aside no more than 30 minutes a day to talk about finances and strategize about savings.
And if the wedding of your dreams still seems impossible—wait until it is! Why put the extra stress and pressure on yourselves now?
—Laura Lee Bloor