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Angie's List tips for an affordable wedding

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The dress, the cake, the flowers, and the invitations…When you add it all up the average wedding costs almost $30,000!     

In today's Angie's List report, we have how to pull off your big day without breaking the bank.

Brian Blume and Jill Zook will walk down the aisle and say 'I do' this November.

"I've been to enough weddings and seen enough of brides literally running around in their wedding dress freaking out directing traffic an hour before their wedding and I didn't want that."

So the couple enlisted the help of a wedding planner to sweat the small stuff and help them stay on budget, "We've got a mortgage, we have student loans, so staying on budget is very important to us. We have had to get creative on how to do that, but we are making it work." Brian:

"While we want a nice wedding, we also want a nice life, so finding that middle ground."

Wedding planners can cater to couples on all budgets in needs of various services - most starting around $1,000.

Marie Frey says a wedding planner can help find vendors to meet your price point, negotiate discounts, and provide money-saving advice, "The ways they can save money is basically using a Friday or a Sunday as their wedding day. The venues typically charge less on those particular days. They can cut back on their guest list. Each guest that they invite is going to have a dollar amount associated with them so if they can cut back on that, that's a big help. And then sometimes just having a smaller bridal party that can help them also."

Because there are so many players involved when planning a wedding, Angie's List says you should never ignore the fine print when it comes to contracts, "When planning a wedding it can be a highly emotional process so make sure you are reading all of your contracts start to finish so you understand how they are going to work."

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, but you don't know where to start or what to focus on first, be sure to check out the Angie's List wedding checklist.
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