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!

Negotiate Nicely

"We found an amazing venue that was beyond our budget. We told the sales director how much we loved it and what we could spend. He knocked down the price dramatically." —Katie A., Enfield, Conn.

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