Courtesy of Colin Cowie
Celebrity event planner Colin Cowie tells you how to be frugal yet still fabulous.
1. If your heart is set on an evening celebration, host your wedding on a weeknight instead of a Friday or Saturday. You'll be able to negotiate a better rate with everyone from your caterer to florist and band, and the venue will be more negotiable.
2. Hire a DJ instead of a band. Be sure to ask your DJ to bring appropriate background music for dining and not just dance music for the party.
3. Host a daytime wedding instead of an evening reception. Consider a luncheon or brunch, with a late night dance party that same evening or a few weeks later when you return from your honeymoon.