A Wonderful Wedding on a Budget

by Tracie Morris

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Many brides have been dreaming about their wedding day since childhood. These dreams come with an expensive price tag and the realization of their fairytale day may be distant. Although weddings are very costly today, your dream day can happen. I am going to share some tips to cut corners and save money without making huge sacrifices. By taking the time to plan and investigate, you will be amazed at the amount of money that you save. Would you arrive at an interview for your dream job without prior preparation? No, you would not and that is why preparation and research will make your wedding a success without re-mortgaging the house!

The Cake

Order a small wedding cake for the cake table to display and a large sheet cake to cut and serve from in the kitchen. Serve the cake as the dessert to complete your meal and forget about other sweets.

The Extras

Rent, borrow, or make as many items as possible! Some items to borrow from a friend or relative are a cake knife and serving set, toasting glasses, jewelry and the bride's shoes. To reduce costs, you can make several items or enlist a few friends to help you with ribbons, pew bows, veil and headpiece, church programs, bridesmaids' dresses, bridal purse, ring bearer pillow and the cake topper.

The Flowers

Instead of hiring a florist, make the arrangements yourself or contact a local floral design school and hire them to provide your flowers. Carry a small bouquet or one flower and have your attendants do the same. The bridesmaids' bouquets can double as flower arrangements on the head table.

The Perfect Dress

When shopping for dresses, start your search with J.C. Penney and Chadwick's catalogs, consignment shops, discontinued gown racks, the Internet, and newspaper ads. Remember that it is always great if you can count on dear Aunt Sally or your Grandmother to make them! I am sure they would be honored.

The Wedding Reception

When setting the wedding date, you may want to consider choosing a Friday rather than a Saturday as it usually trims off about $3 per guest at your dinner reception. Choose buffet or plate dinner versus a sit-down dinner. Serve chicken or pasta; it is less expensive. In addition, you may want to decide on a morning or an afternoon reception and serve cake, punch, and hors d'oeuvres. Another option would be to host a cocktail hour and serve beer and wine with hors d'oeuvres. Liquor is less expensive when purchased from a wholesaler. It may be wise to check with culinary and bakery schools in your area to see if they can help with food preparation. Many of these schools will prepare your dinner for the cost of the food.

The Transportation

Rent a Cadillac or other luxury vehicle just for the Bride, Groom, Maid/Matron of Honor, and Best Man to save on the expense of a limousine. The other members of the Bridal Party will most likely want to ride with their spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend to the reception.

The Invitation

When choosing your wedding invitation, select one that will only require one stamp. Another great tip is to have your reception information added on the ceremony invitation to eliminate the expense of the reception card.

A little thought and creativity will certainly go a long way to help you have a wonderful wedding on a budget! Good luck!

"You're The Bride" is a wedding consulting and services business formed to fulfill the needs of diverse brides whom face the challenges and details of preparing for their fairytale day. For those brides whom are feeling a bit frazzled, "don't come untied before tying the knot", just rely on the services offered by Wedding Consultant, Tracie Morris. You're The Bride is a member of Weddings Beautiful Worldwide, a division of the National Bridal Service and the Garden City Chamber of Commerce. Visit her website at www.yourethebride.cceasy.com or email Tracie at yourethebride97@aol.com

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