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Wedding Planning and Budget Basics

Spending and saving secrets for your big day.

Spending and Saving Secrets for Your Big Day

16 Ways to Save on Wedding Expenses
Attending weddings can be expensive. Use these tips to save on everything from gifts to your travel arrangements.

How to Save Money on Your Wedding
Stick to your wedding budget with these 25 easy-to-follow tips.

Wedding Planning: Common Problems, Solved
From managing your guest list to getting those thank-you notes done.

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Wedding Dress Shopping Tips From a Bridal Salon Owner

Here, the co-owner of a popular bridal salon shares her advice for finding your dream dress.
Photo: Debra McClinton

Wedding Cake Design Tips From an Industry Insider

How do you choose the perfect wedding cake? Talk to a pro. Here, the secrets to designing the cake of your dreams.
Photo: Maggie Austin

Wedding Stationery Tips From an Industry Insider

What’s the best way to find the perfect wedding stationery? Talk to a pro. Here, the secrets to choosing the right invitation suite for your big day.
Photo: Crane & Co.

Wedding Photography Tips From an Industry Insider

Trustworthy advice on finding that special someone to capture your big day.
Photo: Sarma Ozols
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Budget Planning Pointers

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Wedding Cost Calculator
How much do couples pay for flowers, food, and invitations? Find out in this state-by-state wedding budget breakdown.

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Wedding-Budget Worksheet
Ribbons for the programs, extra save-the-dates, and the rising cost of postage: It’s often the unexpected items that can blow your wedding budget. Stay on top of your spending with this worksheet.

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70 Things to Know About Planning a Wedding

Take a deep breath! This comprehensive guide will help you keep track of everything from picking a venue to planning the honeymoon.

  • Start a wedding folder or binder. Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration.

    Related: See Our Complete Guide to Weddings

  • Work out your budget. Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own.
  • Pick your wedding party. As soon as you’re engaged, people will start wondering who’s in.

    Related: Choosing Your Wedding Party

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