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July 15, 2008


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What a waste of funds. This is why I always advise people to elope.

I think the civil magistrate charges $15 to perform a ceremony, and they'll even file it with the county clerk when it's done!

It's not that wedding markups are too high. It's just that if you want something to look 'perfect' you're going to have to pay for it, probably in cash.

If on the other hand you don't mind if all your flowers aren't exactly the same size or shade, or your cake isn't incredibly detailed, or whatever you can save money. You get what you pay for, but that's a good thing :) .

This is a great post because I am looking at getting married in the next 12 months and I am starting to think about ways I can save money on what otherwise would be a very expensive wedding.
One of the best ways I have found is to get deals off friends. I have friends who work in photography, flowers, and wedding dresses. So hopefully I can find some great discounts

We just held my daughter's wedding, and the key to saving money would have been trimming the guest list. She invited around 400 people, 300 plus attended the wedding, and about 260 attended the reception. We had to rent a reception hall, as our own church's facility wasn't large enough, and the multiplier on reception food costs was, of course, higher than a small wedding would have been. The most ridiculous expense was, however, the wedding dress - and she bought a relatively inexpensive one, I understand. She did her own invitations and programs, friends performed the music, a relative did the flowers, and I catered the reception myself. We were way under the national average cost at the end, but it was still a large chunk of change. Keep it small, simple, and use your friends and family to help keep costs down.

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