Thursday, March 19, 2009

Weddings on a Budget

If any of you are like me, you are sick of hearing about the poor economy and how everyone needs to go on a budget. For goodness sakes, even Oprah is dedicating entire shows to the topic of how to save money and has even flown in "the thriftiest" family in America to Chicago to share secrets of living on next to nothing with the world. There are certain areas of my life where I am willing to compromise a little. I am willing to cook at home more instead of going out to eat, I am okay with adding water to my shampoo to make it last longer, and I am even willing to unplug appliances to save some cents on my electric bill… but when it comes to a special, once-in-a-lifetime event, like a wedding, I hate to see the word budget.

Instead of cutting back on quality, however, there are several tips to follow to ensure you still have the wedding you have always dreamt of without the price tag you can’t afford. The biggest way to save money is to enlist the talents and services of your closest (and even not so close) friends and family. Do things yourself, invitations, centerpieces, even cakes can be done at home. Set up assembly lines at your dining room table, turn on some music, set out a couple bottles of wine and let the fun begin!

Another way to save is the ancient art of bartering. Do you have a special talent? Do you own your own business? Do you (or are you willing to) babysit? If so, barter! Ask around and see if people are willing to trade their service for yours. Check out sites like to find people to begin trading with.

Whatever you do, don't let the economy bring you and your wedding down!

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