We asked Oprah.com members to share some of their own bridal budget tips. Here's what you had to say:
Serve a luncheon-size entrée for the wedding dinner reception; no one is going to notice the size difference. Our hotel caterer suggested this to me when I told him I would love to have filet mignon, but there was no way we could afford it. So instead of the $21 per person 9-ounce filet mignon, we served $16 per person 6-ounce filet mignon and everyone was impressed at our beautiful dinner! (Way back in 1991!)
— Michelle Fourre of Eden Prairie, Minnesota
"This day is about your future, so make the décor all about your future home—use green plants that you have put in pots from your home or balcony."
— Liz Ezell of Montgomery, Texas
This tip comes from my daughter's wedding, which took place August 8, 2008. Her name is Amanda, and our budget was $20,000. She wanted a church wedding and full dinner and dance reception, and for as many people as possible.
My tip is this: You have to get your mind and expectations in the right place before you make a single decision. A wedding is not the time to reciprocate every social obligation you feel. It is not for the purpose of impressing anyone. It is a time to celebrate the union of these two people. Once my daughter and I fully realized this, it made every other decision easier. We made a strict budget that we could afford (with a little bit of a cushion), and made each decision accordingly. My daughter had the joyous wedding of her dreams, and it was just under budget!
— Wanda Holmes of Aurora, Illinois
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