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7 Sites for Planning a Budget Wedding

March 31, 2009
by Lindsey Chapman
Planning a wedding can be one of the most exciting, hectic and expensive times of your life. While we can’t do much to help you fix the hectic part, we have found some Web sites that can help you create a stylish wedding without draining your bank account.

Set a Budget and Track Details

One way to keep your expenses in check when planning a wedding is to calculate your costs as you go and keep all of your important information in one place. WeddingChannel.com offers an array of free cost-saving tools for planning a wedding, including a budget calculator, a personal wedding Web site and even “Save-The-Date” e-cards to send to friends and loved ones. The site also offers some frequently asked questions on topics such as how to create a budget and stick to a budget while still getting special treats like a wedding video.

Some of the best experts you’ll find in wedding planning are the brides- and grooms-to-be who use these Web sites, too. Consult them for help with cost-saving measures, and also make sure to check out some of the additional budgeting resources available at Brides.com. The site offers a free tool that breaks down your wedding expenses based on how much you’re planning to spend. Best of all, you’ll have a whole wedding’s worth of additional advice at your fingertips because membership to the site is free.

Find a Wedding Dress

Perhaps any bride’s greatest desire is to have a dress that makes her feel like the star of the show at her wedding. A bride-to-be can find pages of preowned designer wedding dresses at reduced prices at PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. Search by size or designer to find the dress of your dreams. Or help out another bride and recoup some of the costs you spent on your wedding dress by selling it here when your special day is over.

Create Wedding Invitations and Floral Arrangements

It’s easy to spend a hefty chunk of money on wedding invitations and floral arrangements, but a little ingenuity can go a long way toward cutting expenses in these areas, too. DIY Bride is a blog filled with money-saving wedding tips, and it has devoted whole sections to crafting your own wedding invitations and stationary on a budget. Once you’ve invited your guests, head over to the “Bouquets + Flowers” section for some help adding floral beauty to your ceremony.

Plan Wedding Decorations

Martha Stewart Weddings is a creative center for almost anything wedding related. It doesn’t matter if you need to decorate the wedding venue or the reception hall, or if you’re down to the smaller details and just want to fashion some wedding favors. The colorful photographs and do-it-yourself projects scattered throughout the site provide plenty of help in getting ready for your wedding.

Take Wedding Photographs

A wedding is such an important day that you’ll want to be certain you have beautiful photos to remember it by. For the friend or amateur photographer entrusted with capturing the special moments from a wedding, Digital Photography School has a blog entry called “Wedding Photography—21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers” that can help them fill the newlyweds’ photo wish list. Learn some simple steps that can make a special photo shoot go off without a hitch.

Organize the Reception

The actual wedding ceremony may be the most stressful part of your wedding day, but the reception is your chance to kick back and relax once the hard part is over. Look for advice on such important reception staples as the receiving line, finding the right champagne and how to receive cash gifts. One of the many helpful tools available at Bliss is a Wedding Dance Music List that can get your reception off on the right foot.

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