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Angie's List: Wedding Budgeting

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The dress, cake, flowers, and invitations…

When you add it all up including the honeymoon, it's a number that makes many think of eloping.

In today's Angie's List report, KULR-8 News' Emily Nantz tells you how to pull off your big day without breaking the bank.

"We've got a mortgage, we have student loans, so staying on budget is very important to us," says Brian Blume and Jill Zook.

They will be walking down the aisle this fall. The couple enlisted the help of a wedding planner to sweat the small stuff and help them stay on budget.

"We have had to get creative on how to do that, but we are making it work." Brian: "While we want a nice wedding, we also want a nice life, so finding that middle ground."

 

Wedding planners can cater to couples on all budgets in needs of various services most starting around $1,000. A wedding planner can help find vendors to meet your price point, negotiate discounts, and provide money-saving advice.

"The ways they can save money is basically using a Friday or a Sunday as their wedding day. The venues typically charge less on those particular days. They can cut back on their guest list. Each guest that they invite is going to have a dollar amount associated with them so if they can cut back on that, that's a big help," says Marie Frey, a wedding planner.

"When planning a wedding it can be a highly emotional process so make sure you are reading all of your contracts start to finish so you understand how they are going to work," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Make sure to read the fine print - you don't want a contract giving up your right to talk about your experience.

"You are trusting someone with one of the biggest days of your life and to know we can trust her, it's a good feeling," says JIll and Brian.

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, but you don't know where to start or what to focus on first, be sure to check out the Angie's List wedding checklist.

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