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Friday, February 1, 2008

How To Take Your Wedding Vows For Less

1. Venue The 3 main choices for a wedding venue are a hotel, banquet hall or outdoors. Outdoor weddings are the most costly. So consider using a banquet hall or a hotel. You can shave 20 to 25%off your bill if you have your wedding between November and April. Plus you'll save even more if you do it in January or February. To save even more money, have the wedding bewteen Monday and Thursday and you'll pay around $1,000 for a hall. 2.Flowers Most guests won't even remember your flowers so consider using candles or fruit arrangements instead of floral centerpieces. For bouquets,consider using roses. They grow everywhere, they keep their freshness and come in a variety of colors. You can use 5 roses for each bridesmaid and 12 for a bridal boquet. That should cut your floral budget down to $1.000 or less. 3.Catering A buffet dinner is less costly than a sit down dinner since wait staff adds 100 to $150 per person to the bill. Use the wedding cake as a dessert and you'll cut another 4 to $5 per guest off the bill. To save even more money, order a small decorative wedding cake for the cerimonial cutting and photo opts, and then serve the rest of the guests from sheet cakes in the kitchen. To avoid a big bar bill, offer beer, wine, champagne and/or a signature cocktail as an alternative. This could cut your booze bill from $10,000 to $3,000. 4. Dresses The wedding party's clothing can be 10% of your budget. To cut costs, choose synthetic fabrics instead of naturals since no one will be able to tell. Also, shop sample sales and don't be afraid to shop online. If you want a designer gown, rent it for $300 or less. These tips should cut your budget from $2,000 down to $500. 4. Music A live band can run $5,000 or more so opt for a dee-jay at around $1,000. As a plus, you'll have a pro who knows how to "work" a crowd and keep the party going.A lot of DJ's, bands and photographers work can be sampled at , and Today, an average wedding costs about $30,000. But with these tips, you can get by on $10,000.