Sharon Naylor


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Sharon Naylor, author of over 30 wedding planning books, has just published the perfect book for brides and groom looking to save money on their wedding expenses. 1001 Ways to Save Money...and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding is filled with expert advice and insider tricks to show you where you can make cuts to your wedding budgets, and how to make them. We asked Sharon to give us her top tips on creating a wedding budget and where you can really save some money. Here's what she had to say: —Anne Chertoff

How does one create a wedding budget?

The best plan for creating a wedding budget is taking a series of important steps before making your first plan or purchase. You can't create a realistic budget - one that will allow you to choose most of the elements you want for your big day - without knowing approximately what things cost in your area. For instance, you don't want to create a budget and then get stunned when you find out that photography packages start at $5,000 in your area when you only budgeted $1,000 for that. Do plenty of research, invest your time in meeting with all kinds of experts, getting printed price lists, and really knowing the ballparks of what everything costs. Then sit down and look at your available funds to figure out what kind of wedding you will have.

Now there are two more steps here...

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