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Special Report: Tips For Brides on a Budget

Updated: 05/15/2014 5:26 PM
Created: 05/15/2014 1:37 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

Love is patient; love is kind, but there's one thing people forget to mention. Love is not cheap.

"It's expensive," bride Kimberly Jacobson said.

Love plus marriage usually equals thousands of dollars for a wedding. From the mountain of sweets to those perfect petals, hosting the wedding of your dreams can sometimes be a financial nightmare.

Luckily, that hasn't been the case for bride Jessica Willour.

"I was looking for a gorgeous dress that wasn't an obscene amount of money," Willour said.

She found that dress at Silver Rose Fashions in Cloquet. Owner Rosa Johnson said she prides herself on gorgeous gowns that don't break the bank.

"They should be able to afford the dress that they love," Johnson said. "I really realized that a lot of brides have home loans already or college loans to pay."

This is proof brides should shop around until they find the dress they want for the price they like. People may be surprised what they can find.

There are many shops out there looking to make wedding dreams come true.

"It's very rarely that I see people who are willing to spend $3,000 on a wedding cake," How Sweet It Is Owner Eileen Brown said. "Cupies (cupcakes) are cheaper and they don't have to pay a cutting fee. They can just pass them out."

Brown said choosing cupcakes and a small cutting cake can save hundreds of dollars. Cupcakes are about two dollars cheaper per plate than cake. While saving can be sweet, it can also smell good.

"We've created a wedding class where people can come in and learn from our designers how to do some of the wedding designs," Engwalls Owner Rod Saline said. "We noticed there were more and more brides coming in and asking how to do things."

The do-it-yourself class for brides is in the spring and fall at Engwalls. It can save you big bucks.

"By buying flowers yourself and doing it yourself, you probably going to save 50 to 60 percent," Saline said.

While putting together your own flowers isn't for everyone, the crafty bride may enjoy taking on the task.

"Sometimes the brides who do their own bouquets, they turn out just gorgeous," florist Cindy Abrahamson.

Some brides at Rhonda's Always and Forever in Superior shared their secrets for saving money.

"I have one of my family friends making my cake," Jacobson said.

Bride Kelsey Moe is also saving on her sweet tooth.

"We're looking at doing desserts instead of a big cake because big cakes can get really expensive," Moe said.

Moe is also taking making your own arrangements to the next level.

"We're thinking about planting our own flowers, not me, but my fiance's aunt," Moe said.

While these small steps may seem simple, saving money can be complicated.

"A lot of people think I'm going to do everything myself," Tami Siebert with Northland Special Events said. "They end of spending the same amount or possibly more than they would coming in and hiring us."

Siebert said buying things yourself can cost more money and time. For example, she said one bride spent more than $100 on candle holders that rent for about $50.

"They're surprised when they come in and find out whatever budget you have we can maximize that," Siebert said.

When it comes to putting family members to work on your big day, Siebert offers more advice.

"On your wedding day you don't want those people doing that; you want them to be with you," Siebert said.

No matter how and where you decide to save, remember love takes patience and so does wedding planning, but it doesn't have to take all your money.

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