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MANAGING A BUDGET without going overboard. Keep in mind you want to include your honeymoon in the budget so that you have somewhere nice to go after all has been said and done! We all want to have the Hollywood budget when it comes to our weddings but sadly we just can’t drop a million dollars when we decide to get married. Unless you win the lottery of course! Since you probably don’t have a clue how much things actually cost, try looking up some price averages for venues, dresses, cakes, etc. This will give you a good idea of the price point you’re looking at. Next, make a list with these price points and start narrowing down your search in an area such as dresses. Look online for styles you like, then search stores in your area with similar dresses and check the prices. If they’re out of your budget, then find out when trunk shows are and plan on going early in the morning. After all, to get a good deal you’ll be there most of the day! Since you don’t want to deplete your savings add up what you and your fiancé have collectively. Look at your average price point, then look at what you actually found locally and liked it and it’s price. Add up your rough estimate of your likes. If it’s an eye popping number, don’t freak out! Everyone starts off over budget at first Now that you know what you like and have an idea of all the things you want and need, start thinking of ways to cut corners. For example, if you like a certain flower arrangement and the florist wants and arm, a leg, and an eye, then go to a craft store and try to put together the same arrangement you liked. Usually do it yourself things cost you less overall. Just be prepared to put more time and effort into prepping for your wedding! 30 • PREMIER BRIDE www.PremierBrideMKE.com

If you can copy the arrangement then you can buy the flowers and equipment needed and pre arrange them yourself. If you were set on having real flowers, then call local flower distributors and see if you can get a deal on them. Keep in mind that the flowers should be arranged the day before or the day of if they’re real to ensure that they will be fresh and un-wilted. There are also many DIY tutorials and guides on the web for your wedding to give you cost saving ideas. For example, invitations and seating cards are a great way to save up! Practice your calligraphy or print invitations/cards yourself at home. Using commonplace items such as fruits, pine cones, vegetables, stones, etc are great ways to save money when it comes to seating cards. All you need to do is etch names directly into the fruit! After your guests know where they are seated they can eat their seating card! The reception will probably be one of the most costly events of your wedding. This is in part because of the food, the cake, the dj, the bar, and the place itself. Food is always expensive, so one way to avoid insane food costs is to reduce your amount of guests. Don’t invite everyone you know and their relatives. Invite the essentials such as your families, close friends, and a few others. This will also assure that your locations won’t need as much space and will cost less! Obviously doing these things are just a taste of ways to save money. The possibilities are only as limited as your creativity! So have fun and let the creative juices flow, ladies! What are some of your ideas for your wedding to keep your wallet fat and happy?

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Everything for your wedding in Southeast Wisconsin including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington County, Racine, Kenosha and Lake Geneva.