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4 tips from Event Planner Amber Cleary on cutting your wedding costs

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1. Traditional rehearsal dinners can be costly so think outside the box. Picnics and backyard BBQs are a lot more fun and less costly than a sit-down dinner at a restaurant.
2. Choose the right venue. If the venue has a lot of personality and built-in atmosphere, you'll spend less on flowers and other decor.
3. Limit your bar. Beer, wine, Prosecco and a signature drink are plenty. With the money you save, you'll be able to offer Prosecco throughout the night, which will seem indulgent to your guests.
4. Make your favors do double-duty. Bake a family favorite treat (or have someone help as a gift) and offer it as your favor. Everyone will appreciate the late night snack after the dancing is done. —Jackie, BRIDES Magazine

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