Get married by a justice of the peace. You don't really need a wedding that costs thousands of dollars, and a wedding dress that you will only wear one time, and to spend all that money on renting a reception hall and paying expensive caterers.
Have a judge marry you, and invite relatives afterwards to a regular restaurant for a meal. that's what I did, because I didn't have money for a wedding. (07/02/2004)
I think it is less about which state is cheaper but more about which state you can be more actively involved in the planning. The more you do (decorating/ coordinating/ supervising) yourself- the more you will save $$$$$ in the long run.
LIST of $ savers
1. Try something that no one you know is doing like a picnic wedding, camping wedding, tea party wedding, or a theme in the area that you can capitalize on and keep it simple.
2. Enlist family friends, and acquaintances to a variety of the jobs (cake, DJ, minister, flowers, etc.)
3. Keep the wedding party small- Everyone of your friends/family does not have to be in the wedding party only those who you will talk to in the next 25 years (probably about 3 attendants each)!
Have each of them pay for their own attire and don't do overboard with candle lighters/flower girls/ring bears!
4. Try silk flowers (and have a friend arrange them for you)
5. Find a ceremony location for free ( local church/ park/ river walk/ etc.) and have the reception at the same place.
6. If your willing and if the family is up for it try a potluck reception. A wedding is a time where family gathers so treat that part like a family reunion and put a grandmother in charge. OR
just do cake and punch (and have a family member make the cake)
7. Ask around for friends (2 or 3 different ones) (who are not in the wedding) to take pictures before, during and after the ceremony and reception (have them include candids and black and whites).
**If you use a photographer only take a few formals that you will hang in the living room after the ceremony- this will cut down on the charge and his/her time.
8. Try shopping for a white prom dress instead of a wedding dress. Or use cheaper prom dresses for the bridesmaids.
**make your own veil with a length of tulle and a hair clip**
9. Keep attendant/helpers gifts to a minimum! They are there for you- keep each gift to about $10.
10. Shop Ebay or antique stores for wedding bands (his and hers)
11. Go all out on your honeymoon!
By Mrs. Mills
I agree with Mrs. Mills, have it closer to you so that you have more control. Doing things long distance will cost more phone money and will stress you more. A minister of your faith may be available to perform a simple ceremony in your church or at a park. Friends are always willing to help with decorating and a cake and punch reception will be better than thousands of dollars debt.
Congratulations and enjoy a simple wedding. (07/02/2004)
Here's a web Site of a great Photographer
Try some of the local Colleges and university for the reception hall (07/27/2004)
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