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Wedding On A Budget 101

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Wedding bells are ringing in another busy summer wedding season. Brides, Grooms and guests are all looking for ways they can save money.

David's Bridal experts say to look your best doesn't always have to cost your entire savings. Megan Reigel the Assistant Manager at the West Fargo location says many dresses in style this year can be found on sale. But Megan says no matter where you find the dress be sure to have a budget set before you dress shop.

One way to keep costs down is to invite less people to the wedding. Having a large wedding means ordering more good and beverages and booking a larger venue. Keeping a smaller wedding could keep things more intimate.

If you are looking to jazz things up on your menu, a potluck may be for you. Guests could be asked to bring a particular dish or let them decide for an arangmarrangementod that can save you money.

Many brides are loving the DIY touches for their wedding. Many ideas to create your own gifts, center pieces and favors can all be found on multipulmultiplees. A small thing like a jar filled with candy can be a great gift and save your bank.

But it's not all about being in the wedding party, guests sometimes can spend large amounts between an outfit, travel and the gift.
Gene LaDoucer with AAA North Dakota says planning a budget when you travel is key.

"check the cost of ground transportation, whether it's taxi or rental car. Obviously if you're driving it may take a day or two for you to get to your destination so you'll want to consider things like the hotel costs and meals along the way." Gene says. "You also want to look at your frequent flyer miles, your points you may have for different hotels, or even your credit card may offer savings for your trip."

AAA suggests booking flights at least 6 weeks in advance for the best prices. If you are traveling internationally then 10-12 weeks is when the best rates are offered.

"Another thing we might recommend is if you had planned on taking another trip sometime later in the year, maybe combine that trip with this trip to make it one large family vacation," Gene adds, "by combining those two trips into one you could save some significant dollars over the long-haul."

Both David's Bridal and AAA suggest for anyone taking part in a wedding coming soon, the further in advance you can plan the better off you'll be.
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