With Americans still feeling the effects of the recession, many engaged couples are looking for ways to save money on their wedding by holding a smaller ceremony, hunting for deals, and more. Here are some tips for throwing the affordable wedding of your dreams:

  • Start thinking early about where to trim costs. Gradually fall out of touch with family and friends for a decade prior to the ceremony.
  • Be sure to book the venue at a time when rates are typically lower, such as 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Go digital! Online invitations are a great way to save money and create the forgettable, disposable air you want your marriage to have.
  • Think practically about what gifts you’ll need as a newlywed couple. Consider opening a registry at your local bank.
  • Instead of hiring a DJ, don’t.
  • Should expenses exceed your budget, remember that there’s nothing wrong with displaying Indian or even Congo peacocks in your wedding menagerie.
  • Personalize your reception by enlisting a close friend to take the pictures, design the invitations, arrange the flowers, drive the shuttle bus from the wedding to the reception, and cook dinner for 213 people.
  • Rest assured that no matter what you spend on your wedding celebration, it’s still a unique expression of you and your spouse that will be picked apart and scrutinized by your loved ones for years to come.

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