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Every bride struggles with the same problems: How do you afford an awesome wedding on a tiny budget?? A few years ago, I did an AMAZING wedding for a couple. They were very creative and open-minded…one of my favorite types of couples. They didn’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on their wedding, so they were open to some unique ideas. Note: Being open-minded is the key to having wedding elements that you want even if you don’t have a huge budget.

Suggestion 1: Get married in the morning. This is where the open-minded part comes in. Stick with me on this point. Most people want afternoon or evening weddings. However, there was a method to my madness when planning this particular event. I knew that a morning ceremony meant an early-afternoon reception, which would be much cheaper than a dinner event. So, we held an 11AM ceremony at Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in North Carolina. This is one of the most popular ceremony venues in the state and it is drop dead gorgeous. We didn’t even have to spend money on flowers for the chapel, because it needed zero decoration.

Suggestion 2: Hold the reception at a restaurant. We selected a restaurant that was closed during the day on Saturdays, but they did allow private events. I selected this particular restaurant because the venue was beautiful and I knew that it was going to be MUCH more affordable than some other area venues. Also, the food was INCREDIBLE. The chef was creative and allowed lots of menu flexibility. In addition, we had access to the restaurant’s entire, very open floor plan. The site also boasted an enclosed courtyard with lots of foliage and a waterfall. Breathtaking. Click Here For More Small Budget Tips


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