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5/27/02

Save Big Bucks on Your Wedding With our Marriage Money Matters Guide

   Wedding bells will soon ring as June, the most popular month for marital bliss, fast approaches. And many East Texas brides are looking for ways to make their fairytale day a frugal one.

   June bride Leah Simpson says she has the key to creating a magical matrimony without breaking the bank starting with her dress.

   "I rented mine," says Simpson. She chose to rent instead of buying because wedding gowns can cost you anywhere from $800-20,000.

   Renting a gown you only wear once just seamed more reasonable to Leah.

   Leah also let her bridesmaids rent their dresses as well making her an instant hit with her friends.

   " I have a closet full of bridesmaid gowns I will never wear again," says Leah. "I wanted to give my bridesmaids the choice to do what they wanted when it came to renting or buying."

   Saving money on dresses helps the pocketbook out, but there are other ways to make a wedding beautiful on a budget, starting with flowers.

   "I know flowers are expensive," says Leah and that is why she is having a relative make her arrangements for her. And that's a good cost cutting tip say experts.

   When it comes to flowers make your own arrangements or purchase floral packages that includes every flower, bouquet and boutonniere.

   And when it comes to wedding cakes - you don't have to break the bank

   "Our average starts at 2 dollars per person it goes up we have some cakes that are four to five dollars a person -- it all depends on the styles of course," says Caludia Bazan-Hill of Chez Bazan.

   Costly confections can be cut down by choosing simple designs and decorations -- try choosing one element from designer cakes says Bazan-Hill and using it in your own design.

   Saving cash on invitations is easy too if you know where to look. In the back of brides magazines there are hundreds of free catalog subscriptions you can find to help you pin down the perfect invitation at the perfect price.

   Other money saving tips:

1) Plan you wedding in the off season - June is the most expensive month.

2) Use professional photographers for only part of the time. Use them to create your main wedding album photos, but at the reception let friends use disposable cameras to remember your day to cut costs. Also have photographers only tape your wedding instead of editing a home video of the raw footage.

3) Use wedding coordinators to help you find the biggest deals. They work with the vendors all the time -- so even though you pay them -- they find you deals you would never get without their help

4) And finally enlist the help of family and friends whenever possible to cut costs.

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