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When you are planning your reception set the time for the afternoon hours. Your bar tab will be significantly less as people drink less in daylight. What's more, receptions that feature lunch rather than dinner generally cost less money, so you can funnel the savings into better food or some other part of the wedding.
Leave a gift for out-of-town guests in their room as a thank you for coming so far to attend your wedding. A nice basket of snacks, like crackers, fresh fruit, and drinks, will give them something welcoming to enjoy while they are away from home. Another excellent choice would be a gift card for a local restaurant!
Even if you cannot afford bountiful floral arrangements and centerpieces, never underestimate the power of a single rosebud in a distinctive, colorful vase. Place one at the center of each table at the reception site. If you prefer a more detailed look, place the vase on a table runner made from lace doilies, artfully arranged silk, or laser-cut paper.
When planning your wedding make sure you stand out the most, but don't forget to make your bridesmaids look good too. Many bridesmaids love this part of the wedding. Pick a dress that is reasonable in cost, and will be a good fit for everyone in your wedding party to avoid hurt feelings.
Ask your friends and family for flowers from their yards to use to decorate your wedding. Each flower will come connected with many treasured memories. The result will be no less impressive than if you spent thousands on a professional wedding decorator. Just as importantly, you'll have more money to invest in your new home.