Top 75 Money-Saving Tips for Your Wedding

Those in the know-your wedding pros, that is-give their professional cost-cutting tips.

Paper Cuts

Instead of paying extra for your invitations to arrive assembled, gather your bridal party and set up an assembly line, suggests Barness.

Stick to the basics. Upgrades, like colored ink and foil stamping on invitations and other printed materials, will boost your bill.

Printed menus on guest tables: Popular? Yes. Necessary? No. Some reception venues will create simple menus for you— gratis. Find out if your venue will perform that service.

Hit the crafts store for do-it-yourself invitation and program kits. With a computer and some creativity, you can get inexpensive, one-of-a-kind results.

Hiring a professional calligrapher to address your invitation envelopes can get pricey. Instead, recruit a pal with pretty penmanship for the task. Or use a calligraphy font on your computer to address envelopes. They’ll look just as good.

Order thank-you notes when you order your invites; some stationers give bulk discounts.

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