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Get hitched without a hitch with the advice in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Smart choices
- An open mind
Don't be a slave to labels
Consider regular gowns sold at department stores; a gown doesn't have to be labeled "bridal" to make it so. Check out the bargains on eBay and in upscale consignment shops, too. You can even rent a gown.
Rethink the reception
Consider having your reception at a restaurant; it can be less expensive than holding it in a catering hall. Or, have a cocktail party with tapas and other small bites rather than a sit-down dinner.
Bring your own booze
If you're holding your wedding in a hall, negotiate with the caterer about bringing your own liquor. Just make sure you can return unopened bottles for a refund.
Have your cake
Order a square cake; it yields more portions than a round one. Or have a small, beautiful cake for show and serve guests from sheet cakes kept in the kitchen. You can even nix the cake altogether and ask friends to pitch in to create a cupcake tree.
Be frugal with the flowers
Use flowers that are in season. Have the bridal party carry ribbon-tied bouquets – they're less expensive than arrangements held together with wire. Skip the flower centerpieces in favor of bowls with floating tea candles from the dollar store.
Don't stop the music
Create a playlist and hook up your iPod to the sound system instead of hiring a band or a DJ. Or call local conservatories or colleges to find music students who might play for minimal compensation.
Do everyone a favor
Instead of providing wedding favors, make a donation to charity on your guests' behalf.
All you need is love
Surround yourself with the people you love. That's the most important wedding detail of all.