Brides magazine editor, Millie Martini Bratten, did an interview with ABC News on how to have a "Dream Wedding at a Dream Price." She gave tons of great tips. Here are the highlights:
Save on decorating expenses by having your reception at a venue that is already decorated and/or furnished or at least partially decorated, like a botanical gardens or a banquet hall that has chandeliers and nice table covers, etc.
You can usually get better rates if you choose an off-peak date. For instance, choose a date other than Saturday that is not in May, June or July, which are the busiest times for wedding professionals.
Tweak the meal. Go with a garden salad rather than a fancy multi-ingredient salad. Serve 3 courses instead of 4.
Let the wedding vendors know what your budget is and what your dream is and ask them how they can help you.
Click here to watch the entire interview.
(There's a short commercial you'll have to watch first.)