When you're on a budget, it's important to know what's worth splurging on and where you should save. "Alcohol becomes a big issue no matter what, price-wise," Mindy says. "I just did a wedding at a home, and we did a whole SkinnyGirl theme; that's all we offered for our liquor. And not only did it have a great theme and cause conversation, but it looked really good. So if you have one signature drink as opposed to a full bar, it's great for cost-cutting." On that note, a glass of wine goes further than a sip of Champagne, so skip the Champagne toast.
Put your money into photography, which at the end of the day is all you'll have when your big day is over, Mindy points out. But since you pay per person for the cake — and there's usually a lot leftover — you don't have to order cake for every guest. Mindy says if you have 250 guests, for instance, do 25 people less, at least, for the cake.
Also, use the venue's linens and rent an inexpensive colored napkin or go to a flea market and buy a mixture of linens from 25 cents to a dollar.
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