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Don't Waste Your Money: How to cut wedding costs

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Wedding season is now in full bloom. As brides and their families are planning those May and June weddings, many of them are getting hit with sticker shock. There are ways to lower those costs.

We're now at the start of 2013's wedding season. If you are getting married soon, or are the parent of a bride or groom, you probably want to save money on that big day - if possible. But the problem is, you want to be able to control costs without coming across as a cheapskate.

Weddings sure are beautiful, but the average one now costs $25,000, and that's not a high-end affair.

So SmartMoney magazine listed some ways to cut those costs and still look classy.

1. Avoid Saturdays in June. Instead, consider Friday night or Sunday.

2. Buy a small wedding cake, and serve the guests from similar sheet cakes.

3. Have the wedding flowers double as table centerpieces.

4. Limit open bar to just an hour or so. You'll save money, and send fewer drunks out on the road.

But from the doesn't that stink file comes the worst way to save on a wedding: skimping on photography. A cheap photographer may often take cheap-looking photos. Hiring your uncle to shoot your video could result in a viral video - for the wrong reasons.

The easiest way to keep wedding costs in check is to keep the guest list down. The fewer people in attendance, the less you pay. That way you don't waste your money.

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