Want to create your dream wedding without breaking the bank? We asked 50 brides to share their best cost-cutting secrets—from crafty cocktail parties to a totally genius use for pashminas. Ready, set, save!

Be Good to Your Feet

"If you're wearing a long dress, choose affordable, comfortable shoes, rather than killing yourself (and your wallet) in expensive five-inch stilettos. No one can really see them anyway." —Jacqui G., New York City

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