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Cut Wedding Cost Half
by Jennifer Holder

So you and hubby have set the date, now what?

If you are like most couples these days the financial burden of planning a low cost wedding is rested upon your shoulders & you find yourself worrying about how you will ever be able to afford this major life event.

Wedding Party Table - preparty

Believe it or not if done properly your big day can pack a powerful punch without spending thousands of dollars.

As long as you are willing to put the thought of an overpriced wedding planner aside & do some of the grunt work yourself, your special day will be one to remember forever.

First of all think about who you know.

Do you have a friend who has really great decorating sense? A cousin who is taking photography classes?

If you sit down & think about who you know & what types of things they excel at you will be surprised at how quickly your wedding cost bill will shrink.

Forget hiring expensive caterers & photographers. All it takes is a simple phone call & I would bet money that the person on the other end would be more than happy to help in any way they can.

While planning my wedding I knew a friend of a friend who bakes cakes out of her home for a little extra cash.

I got in touch with her & I was able to get a very beautiful cake made exactly how I wanted it for under $150.00.

Wedding reception ideas that dont cost a fortune

Consider having a small intimate reception at your home or someone else’s home.

The days of having a huge stuffy reception at a hall or overpriced ballroom are over.

People like to be comfortable & cozy & surrounded by people that they love.

The fact is, the less people you invite the less expensive the affair is going to be.

When making your guest list consider crossing off the second cousin you haven’t seen in 5 years or the Aunt that lives on the other side of the country.

Your wedding day isn’t about how many people you can cram into a room.

It is about being with the people you love & care about the most. You can shave thousands of dollars off of your bill by checking your guest list twice.

Once you have decided on a theme for your big event it is time to go invitation shopping.

Resist the urge to order all of those thick wedding catalogs that sell invitations & accessories & head on over to E-Bay.

There are some very talented people out there that earn a living on E-Bay creating custom made wedding invitations at a fraction of the cost.

For my wedding I was able to get my invitations, response cards, reception cards & all envelopes for just over $50.00 with shipping & handling.

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