Bride Tips

How to get a lot by only spending a little

Tip submitted by: joebu

1-800 Registry offers suggestions on how to put together a wedding on a budget, keeping costs low but still having a great experience.

Double-duty: Choose a venue where you can have the ceremony and the reception. This eliminates the need for transportation from the ceremony to the reception, and ensures the flowers used for the ceremony can be simply repositioned elsewhere. The same principle can apply for any other decorations used at the ceremony.

Consider your affiliations: Are you (or is someone you know) eligible for a military discount for any of your products or services? Are you a frequent flier or a member of a hotel points club? Use any and all memberships and affiliations to your (and your budget's) benefit. Also consider your alma mater or friends' associations with local venues such as clubs, museums and the like.

Open the packages: Package deals from reception sites may be a boon to your budget when you factor in the price of each item individually. Catering and cakes frequently go hand-in-hand, with the added bonus that the cake doesn't have to travel and risk toppling.

Offer a drink: A signature drink, that is, rather than an open bar, which quite often is a major reception expense. Choosing a drink that you both love is a reflection of you as well as a simple way to offer refreshment without breaking the bank.

Be a little early: Whether it's on an "off" day, such as a Friday, choosing a late-morning reception, or selecting a month not quite so popular, you can often save thousands of dollars securing your venue at off-peak time.

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