Weddings are expensive… that’s pretty much common knowledge, and most couples and families are usually already prepared to watch as the costs pile up. Still, it’s not that hard to cut a couple of corners and shave off a significant amount from your budget. For instance, you can:

Rent vs. Buy
Why insist on buying a wedding dress if you’re only going to wear it once?

Look Into the Network
Some hotels and other venues offer all-inclusive wedding packages. But those who don’t often have long time partnerships with decorators, caterers, photographers, and so on… and naturally they refer clients to each other which sometimes come with a nice discount. So, when booking a place, ask about recommendations.

Be Firm
Wedding organizers often handle several weddings at a time, and mistakes with venue bookings, food orders, and so on will happen. But as the client, you have leverage. Throwing a tantrum is definitely not going to help you, but you should also be firm.

Plan for Sales
Case in point: jewelers and other vendors often hold end-of-year sales which might cover items like wedding bands.

DIY
Look for things that you can do yourself. Making a classy bouquet, for example, isn’t that hard.

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