Hello Patrice: I have a custom bridal business but also planned and organized my niece's wedding two years ago who also was on a very tight budget. My best advice after being part of many weddings is don't scrimp on your dress or photographer. You can have a stunning dress for about $600-$1,000 and after the day is over all you have are the photos. I have done several weddings where they were very disappointed in the photos or they were lost and that's all you have years later besides your memories. Venue's can be very expensive but many times local or state parks are free to use and can provide a beautiful setting. Limit the alcohol and select you menu carefully if you plan on a meal. Or, you can plan your wedding at a time of day that would not require a meal just cake and maybe snacks or refreshments. Another option is to have a limited guest list and spend what funds you have on yourself and the ceremony (i.e. location, flowers, photographer, etc.). Hope this helps.
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