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Money Saving Tips

Great Money Saving Tips from the Nebraska Wedding Guide
General Savings:

  • Create a comparison chart to track what’s included in venue prices you’re quoted. Some places claim to include everything but leave out something you need.

  • Determine your budget and prioritize. A rule of thumb: food, beverage and venue should be about half of your budget.

  • Many public spaces available for small rental fees, but must be equipped to handle a big event. You could blow your budget on rental items.

  • Book one location for your ceremony and reception. You won’t have to pay multiple site fees, plus there’s no need for transportation between each one.

  • Belong to an organization? You may have access to your group’s venue.

  • Many colleges offer beautiful, reasonable priced spots for students and alumni to tie the knot. Find out if this is a viable option for your event.

  • Most places charge a premium for Saturday night. Try an afternoon wedding or a Friday or Sunday-night event.

  • Plan an intimate Sunday brunch. A morning ceremony, followed by an early-afternoon meal, is likely to be easier on the wallet.

  • Time is of the essence. Schedule a 3-hour event instead of a 5-hour one.

  • Prune your guest list. Since so many wedding elements are charged on a per-person basis, aiming for fewer can save you big.

  • Avoid overage fees from limo drivers, photographers and other pros by sticking to a prearranged schedule.

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