When my daughter Victoria announced her engagement last fall, my first thought was how wonderful the news was. And my second was more related to recent numbers I had read about how much the average wedding costs today, which in Canada is now a whopping $42,400. The key word here is “average.” For every high-priced wedding, there are many that come in below that number. How do you throw the wedding of your dreams but not have a huge amount of debt to deal with afterwards? This became our quest. My daughter and her fiancé Braden came up with some inventive ways to save money, and I reached out to some experts on saving money to see what we could do.

Here are some easy ways to help you stretch your dollar on your special day.

1) Decide what is important to you

Flowers? Dress? Music? Make a priority list and stick to it. “We decided that wedding favours were one thing we could easily eliminate,” said Victoria. Her priorities did include the venue, a photographer, the dress, and a vegan gourmet meal. “We cut back on the flowers as well,” she said, which really helped with budget planning. You …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Sports

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