By Sara Haines
When Max popped the question, I saw dollar signs. I may have won the lottery finding him, but weddings are pricey!
We're doing a destination wedding, so just getting there is going to cost us. We had to find ways to save.
First things first, we needed a wedding planner, and on our budget, that planner would be me!
Here are some of my tips for saving money:
1. Rethink paper invitations. Invites and postage can add up fast, so save some dough with online invitations - with sites such as Paperless Post and Appy Couple. If you go digital and have 100 guests at your wedding, you could save yourself $1,000 on paper save-the-dates and invitations. If you're really set on a having a paper invitation, though, just remember that size matters. Choosing an odd shape - even a square, rather than the traditional rectangular envelope, will cost you an extra 20 cents per invitation.
2. Bands and DJs are great, but for a cheaper music option, use your iPod. That way, you can customize your own playlist and save yourself about $5,000 on a DJ or band - and you'll be guaranteed to get the music you want.
3. Have your bridesmaids shop in their own closets, not the store. You could save about $450 per person. If you prefer to have them match, though, consider renting your bridesmaid's dresses from a site such as renttherunway.com.