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No matter what the budget, you can still have a beautiful Wedding that you and your gusts will remember for years to come.  Some of these cost-saving ideas are easy and some will require a bit more time.  Some can be done by yourself, and some will require the help of family and friends.  I hope that you find something in this list that will be useful to you.

1.  Hire a Seamstress/Free Seamstress.  If you purchase the pattern and the material, you can hire a Seamstress to make you/your bridesmaids beautiful dresses for a fraction of the cost.  Better yet, does anyone in your family sew?  But!  Make sure that it’s someone you trust to do the best job possible.

2.  Borrow it, Rent it, Buy Discount.  Rent a dress or buy it through a consignment shop.  You can also borrow a dress and have it altered.  Tip: Try Craigslist.com for free wedding items, cheap wedding items and some even willing to trade FOR wedding items!

3.  Cut and arrange your own flowers.  This takes a great deal of planning.  You will definitely need help.

4.  Have family and friends decorate on the Wedding Day.  Again, you will need help and some pre-planning is involved.  You can rent centerpieces from a Party Supply company.  Petals and/or dried flowers can make a great addition.  Tip: Try Oriental Trading Company. 

5.  Rent decorations, large palms, ferns, topiaries and flowers for the ceremony.

6.  Use Ceremony flowers at the reception.  Delegate to friends and family.

7.  Use silk or dried flowers.  This can get very costly if you are looking for a lot of flowers or big bouquets.

8.  Have attendants carry a single flower with a trailing ribbon.

9.  Make fruit or vegetable centerpieces intertwined with fresh greens.

10.  Use garlands of fresh greenery tied with colorful ribbons.

11.  Use inexpensive fillers such as sprays of greenery or Baby’s Breath to plump up your flower arrangements.  Better yet, grow our own!

12.  Have your wedding around a holiday.  Then you can use decorations from the church or venue that you are using.  Include the holiday colors as your own.

13.  Check out local free venues, if not free, perhaps a small fee.  You can use natural decorations or venue decorations.  Check out historic homes or sites, Museums, Aquariums, City or State Parks, Botanical Gardens or Greenhouses, Town Halls, Libraries, Vineyards or Riverboats.

Good luck!

~Michelle

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