Suggestion: Rather than spend $2,000 for fancy schmancy invitations, go to a couple of different Web sites (that we ain't plugging here). Savings: $1,000.
Here's an even better idea: Drive a van to the gates of the nearest art college, wave a few small bills, and fight off the late-comers with a broomstick.
Suggestion: Instead of paying top-dollar for a dress, head to Filene's Basement, where dresses may be had for up to 90 percent off (without even having the Bill Clinton treatment). Savings: $2,750.
This one's not bad at all. Still, more money yet could be saved if the bride and groom are willing to throw a "Second Great Depression" theme wedding. Imagine the blushing bride, resplendent in white -- a white barrel, hanging from her shoulders by gleaming ivory-hued suspenders. And, to offset costs, instead of giving away the bride, Dad can auction her off.
Suggestion: "Watch out for service charges and taxes that can drive initial price quotes much higher." Savings (per 200 guests): $4,400.
other words, "don't get ripped off." Good idea! That being said, the
very nature of the wedding industry is one continuous stream of
rip-offs. Wanna rent a hall for a Rotary Club Dinner, a mud-wrestling
tournament, or a re-enactment of the spread of Black Death in Medieval
Europe (bring your own pustules, please)? That'll be $1,000. Oh, a
wedding? That's $2,500.
If you haven't learned the following
phrases by the time you're old enough to be married -- "How much is
that all-told?" and "Can I get that in writing?" -- well, good luck.
Suggestion: Instead of hiring a wedding photographer, enslave your guests and rely upon their photographs. Savings: $3,500.
No, no, no, no, and no! Let us not take the Examiner.com "have 'em work for peanuts!" mode to this -- because you'll likely get what you pay for. If you don't want to throw down $4,000 for a wedding photographer, that's legitimate. But don't for a second think you're "replacing" a trained professional via a bunch of amateurs -- who will be drinking, unless you're saving money by serving tap water. Your wedding is not the time to test the Infinite Monkey Theorem. You can can find a decent photographer for way less than $4,000. But you will have to pay something -- unless you're fine with second-rate photos that you put your guests out to get. Your call.
Suggestion: Just ask your guests for cash; to hell with the Pottery Barn dish towels. Savings: Much aggravation sorting through random crap from Pottery Barn et al.
"Show me the money!" was quite the catchphrase for a while, wasn't it? Here's some other ways to bring in funds: