we are getting married on 10/10/09 and have had since this past may to plan it... my budget is 3,000 bucks... i have 1800 left... and all i still need to do is, alterations on my dress 130, pay photographer 400 ( good deal!! ) purchase heavy appetizers, alcohol and mixers.... and i think that is about it... so i think i am gonna come in under budget... nice!!! this is how i did it....
we decided to do our wedding at our home - no venue costs
our best man is gifting us the DJ - no DJ costs
my future MIL is having our cake made - saved around 375. she also purchased all the plates and napkins
a friend of a friend is bartending for tips only - no bartender fee
checked with the local college and had the professor recommend a good photography student. she is awesome!! and since she isn't professional yet, she gave me a great deal and will give me all rights to the pictures ( so i don't have to go to her for prints )
looked at lots of wedding magazines for decorations and just walked the isles of the local craft stores for ways to make them myself
downloaded coupons for local stores for vases and candles for center pieces
purchased all my tulle online at a great price...
so, needless to say, once you choose a venue, draw a diagram of what you want it to look like and then start picking things up a little at a time... a couple of rolls of ribbon here, some tulle there, etc...
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