A wedding, as we all know, can be a very expensive
undertaking. Here are few ideas to help you cut your
wedding costs.

a) Rent a Lincoln or other nice large car instead of a
limousine. They provide more than enough room and at
a much cheaper rate. You also have the added benefit
of keeping it for at least 24 hours (or longer if you
choose to do so), whereas a limousine is only rented
for an hour or two at most.

b) If you are using real flowers in your wedding, why
not try your local grocery store's flower department?
Many will create centerpieces and bouquets for weddings
and at a fraction of the cost.

c) Don't use real flowers in centerpieces. Use silk ones
instead. They are usually lower in price, look just as
nice and will stay "fresh" forever.

d) Make your own invitations. You can purchase very nice
looking blank invitations at stationary and various 
craft stores. Search the net for a small poem or saying
that you can use, or make up your own. Go to ArtToday.com
( http://www.arttoday.com ) and sign up for their free
3 day trial and find some nice wedding graphics that you
can use on your invitations (and thank you notes, wedding
favor tags, etc.)

e) In addition to the invitations, create your own wedding
programs too. This can save you a ton of money.

f) Instead of a sit down dinner, have it catered with a 
buffet style set up. The food is just as delicious, the
guests won't mind getting their own plates, it costs half
of what a sit-down dinner costs, and you usually get more
food as an extra bonus.

Rose Smith is the author of How to Create a Beautiful Medieval
Wedding and several other wedding booklets. Visit Wedding
Themes and More for great ideas on theme weddings, favor ideas,
budget tips, honeymoon destinations, decorations and more.