• The top way I found to save money and not compromise my vision or style was to look in non-traditional places for purchases. For example, a rental company was going to charge me more than $300 to rent a chandelier (you know, that one that everyone and their cousin has at their wedding). I wanted something truly vintage and turned to Craigslist. $50 and some elbow grease later, I got just that.

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  • Just like this bride says, it is important to go in with the right attitude. To know that not everything will be perfect, but your love is and nothing else should matter. It's also SO important to be ready to get down and do some dirty work yourself and have the right people in place to help out as well.

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  • This thrifty bride saved the same way I did by nixing a wedding planner and designer all together. It is true that this is a huge luxury, but you really don't need it if you are prepared, organized and hardworking.

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  • This savvy woman managed to spend a mere $4,000 on her "I-do's" and the biggest part in keeping to her budget was the venue - which happened to be in a beautiful yard. I believe that the venue sets the financial tone for your entire wedding. Have your big day somewhere with no "strings attached" - like required caterers and vendors. Also, have your ceremony and reception in the same location.

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  • This bride kept her bouquet beautiful and on budget the same way I did, with budget-friendly blooms. When deciding on a florist, make sure to get many quotes (I got over 7!) and read reviews to make sure they have a good track record of happy brides. Then you need to have an open conversation talking about what blooms won't break the bank and utilize greenery. It's organically gorgeous!

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  • If I learned anything through nearly a year and a half of wedding planning, it is that all of the little details can really add up. My advice is to know what to DIY and choose your moments. You don't want it to look like Pinterest exploded or have your wedding feel empty. Find a happy and affordable space in between.

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  • Find an affordable backdrop that is impactful and makes your guests say, "wow!" The more of a focal point your arch, backdrop or cross is, the less you will spend decorating other parts of the ceremony site. I had my husband and father-in-law build our arch and my mother-in-law draped it for us. It saved us over a thousand dollars!

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