Imagine a wedding of your dreams, that doesn't break the bank. There are plenty of ways for brides to save in this struggling economy. Turns out, many brides in Connecticut have found ways to save.
"There are so many ways to save online. I learned a few do-it-yourself tricks when it came to invitations and it saved me more than $300," said one Meriden bride.
Many brides are looking to do-it-themselves these days, but that doesn't really work for the dress. But, there is hope. In Connecticut, several consignment stores sell discount wedding gowns.
Seems secondhand is no longer faux pas, It's actually making a comeback.
"More and more girls are finding they can get the perfect gown without spending thousands of dollars," said Joyce Strileckis of Joyce's Bridal in Waterbury.
And while some still wouldn't dabble in second-hand, there's good news for fashionable recessionistas. Joyce's Bridal sells brand new gowns for a fraction of the price. How? Most of the gowns are discontinued.
"We're offering wedding gowns starting at just $99," said Strileckis.
When it comes to the reception, don't feel pressure to break the bank. Instead of having a deluxe sit-down dinner, one bride suggests wholesale.
"My parents bought the food in bulk and we are cooking it ourselves and doing a serve buffet line," said Katie Candelora of Meriden.
Then there's the cake. This trick is an oldie but goodie. Just make the bottom layer cake. Judy Zagorin from Zagorin Events says guests will never know the difference.
"What we have done many times is just make the bottom layer cake and the rest of it made artificially and frosted so it looks real," said Zagorin.
Here's a few other tips.
Use floating candles as centerpieces, rather than expensive fresh floral arrangements. You can also get married "out of season." One bride says she saved $3,000 by moving her wedding from July to March.
"I'm a school teacher so having a July wedding would have benefited me, but now that it's in March it works out better financially," said Kimberly McIntosh of Meriden.
And finally, go online. There are plenty of websites that sell secondhand wedding decorations at a fraction of the price.
Whatever you decide, there are plenty of ways to have the wedding of your dreams without leaving the "Father of the Bride" broke.