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You've made your budget and checked it twice, but as your wedding day edges ever nearer, you'd still love to trim a few fatty dollars here or there — for your pocketbook, and your sanity. "The sticker shock of a wedding is always just around the corner," says Courtney Wolf, wedding planner at Invision Events. "Anyone would be shocked at spending a large amount of money all at once. So, any cuts that you can make at the last minute will make you feel better."
Here are five ways you can trim the proverbial fat in the last weeks leading up to your wedding.
Cut back your floral order.
Would your church's altar still look amazing with two arrangements rather than four? "As long as the flowers haven't been ordered, there's still time to trim your floral plan," says Wolf.
Lose the signature cocktail.
Though signature drinks are admittedly so fun, when you've got a fully-stocked bar, they aren't necessary, reminds Wolf. With wine, beer, and other beverages in hand, chances are your guests won't even notice your "Berry Happy Together" is missing.
Ask a friend to cut the cake.
While most caterers charge a fee to slice your three-tiered confection, Wolf says, your friend will gladly do it for free. "It's a little old-fashioned," she says, "but they'll be happy to do it."
Organize a cleanup crew.
"Is any vendor charging an after-hours pickup fee?" asks Wolf. If so, "assign a family member to get pieces back to that particular vendor instead of paying the fee." You could save on everything from rented furniture to cake stand returns.
Don't write it down.
Of course you cant cut out your escort cards — but do your self-explanatory favors really need tags? "Anything that you can catch before they go to print are spots where you can cut and save," says Wolf.