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Find a good printer. The invitation is the first thing people see that's connected to your event, so they should look nice, but this isn't the place to go overboard. People will remember the event, not the invitation.

Reception Venue

Saturday night is the most sought-after time. If you can swing a Friday night, Saturday morning/afternoon, or Sunday reception, you'll not only save money, you may have more choice of dates.


Along with the menu (buffet may cost less than seated), discuss the cost of service, liquor, the wedding cake, overtime and insurance when you meet with prospective vendors. Consider too that a brunch, luncheon or an hors d'oeuvres reception will cost less than a dinner.


DJs tend to be less expensive than live bands and you can request specific music to be played. Some DJ's offer the service of a special CD of your selected music which you can give to your guests as a party favor.

Photographer and/or Videographer

If this is your wedding - this is not the place to skimp! You will regret not having a lot of photos (formal, posed ones as well as the candid shots of the reception). Your wedding video is another important keepsake you won't want to pass up - taping the ceremony only will save you some cash and you'll miss all the fun footage of your friends and family celebrating your special day.


This is one area where you can definitely save some money. Almost everyone has a friend with a great car who would love to do the honors of driving the bride to the ceremony and the couple to the reception. If you must have a limo, be sure to check out the vehicles before the big day and confirm a specific limo if you absolutely must have a certain color. Also, don't forget that you should tip the chauffeur. This is one case where it is appropriate to tip.

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