Jean talks to three guests who share their best tips for planning the perfect wedding, even when you're on a budget. David Tutera is a celebrity wedding and party planner; Carley Roney is co-founder and editor in chief of the online wedding resource The Knot; and Katie Dunsworth, a recent bride and member of Smart Cookies Money Group , which has been featured on both Jean's show and The Oprah Winfrey Show . Here are their tips for you:
- Overbudget, David and Carley say. When you're allocating the money, make sure to reserve about 10 percent in case you go over—it is very likely that you will.
- Use a wedding budget calculator (you can find them online) to figure out how much should be spent on each expense.
- Consider a destination wedding. These are often mistakenly pegged as the more expensive option, Katie says. The truth is, if you pick an all-inclusive location, as she did, it can actually be cheaper because you save on food and drinks.
- Bargain, bargain, bargain. You can negotiate for everything, from flowers to the band to the venue. Katie says she got a deal on her dress and the bridesmaid dresses by purchasing them from the same shop.
- Cut back on things that guests won't notice. Carley suggests eliminating a couple of courses from the dinner, limiting the bar by featuring a special cocktail, or only buying flowers that are in season.
- Don't lose sight of the purpose. The wedding is to celebrate your relationship, so focus on creating a memorable time as opposed to simply a lavish one.