Don't be afraid to make things yourself. Invitations, guest books and favors offer a lot of do-it-yourself options.
Look for bundles. Many times if you get your cake, food and flowers from the same place, you get a discount.
Invest in a wedding planning book and guide to keep you organized and informed. This will help remind you of all those "incidental" fees that take some brides-to-be by surprise, such as the limo from the church to the reception site.
Opt for Friday nights. Friday night weddings are cheaper than Saturdays.
Have a firm grip on expenses that are important to both of you. This will avoid overspending on and upgrading items that don't truly matter.
ON THE WEB
www.theknot.com: Arguably the most popular wedding site.
www.weddingchannel.com: Another popular planning site.
www.bridalbargainsbook.com: Wedding industry "watchdogs" Alan and Denise Fields give the scoop on saving big bucks on the big day. Their new passport is a worksheet for money-saving brides.