Getting married? Here's some advice on saving money from the book "Where to Seat Aunt Edna and 500 Other Great Wedding Tips" (Hundreds of Heads Books, www.hundredsofheads.com, $13.95), straight from people who've done it:
"To save money on your dress, look for a line by a designer that has been discontinued. I saved about $600 on my dress that way."
- Kristina, San Antonio, Texas; Number of wedding guests: 60
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"Want to really save money on your wedding? Don't invite anyone else! My wife and I went to Disney World -- just the two of us -- to get married. Then we hosted a family picnic when we got home."
- M.R., Hellertown, Pa.; Number of wedding guests: 0
"One way to save money is to trade services. One bride I know traded her services as a Web site designer for a photographer's services at her wedding. The important thing to remember is to do this only with professionals. Aunt Sally who bakes cakes for the church bake sale may not be qualified to make your 200+ person wedding cake."
- Ann Saavedra, Walnut Creek, Calif.
"We had no photographer, no caterer, no band and no florist, and our wedding was great. Our friends and family took pictures, we made all the food, my husband made a wedding file of music on his MP3 player, we bought some bulk roses from Costco, and my mother mixed those with wildflowers she picked and arranged them in her collection of antique pitchers."
- L.D., Greenville, N.C.; Number of wedding guests: 170
"The invitations were one area where we figured we could really save some cash. All you are really doing is trying to find out who the heck is coming so you can plan accordingly. It shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. We just bought postcards on the Internet with pictures of Aruba, our honeymoon destination, and sent them, telling people to either call or e-mail by a certain date if they could come. I'll bet we saved $400 by doing it that way."
- Aric Mechlin, Watts Flats, N.Y.; Number of wedding guests: 100