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10 Tips for Saving on Your Wedding
Trying to plan a wedding on a budget? It’s not easy to have the wedding of your dreams on a shoestring, but you can cut corners and still have a memorable day.
Denise Vivaldo, author of Do It for Less! Parties, has a wealth of ideas in her book, Do It for Less! Weddings: How to Create Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank. And because food takes the lion’s share of a wedding budget, she’s lavished plenty of attention on budget-saving strategies for menu planning, catering, and even doing it yourself.
The founder of Food Fanatics, a full-service catering and media food-styling company, Vivaldo developed her celebration savvy in the trenches: She’s planned and catered more than 10,000 parties, both lavish and humble. Here, she shares her top 10 tips for keeping the costs down at your wedding.
1. Invite only those guests who are essential to you. Keeping your guest count down is the easiest way to ensure a reasonable budget.
2. Schedule your wedding after lunch and end the event before dinner. Your guests will not expect to be served a full meal. Your wedding invitation could read: Wedding ceremony at 2 pm and a reception to immediately follow. Then place a time limit on the reception.
3. Offer a limited menu and bar. Do you want to serve light appetizers with champagne or just cake with coffee? There’s nothing wrong with just serving cake and coffee. How about a fancy coffee bar complete with a barista?
4. Be your own wedding planner. Reserve three hours every Sunday for six months before the big day to place calls, return e-mails, and handle the details.
5. Make your own wedding cake or enlist the help of the best baker you know. Having 100 guests? Baking your own cake can save you hundreds of dollars and take fewer than 10 hours.
6. Beg, borrow, and steal. Decide the adventure or thrill of your wedding is spending as little as possible. Ask your friends and family for help.
PA Wedding Laws
1503. Persons Qualified To Solemnize Marriages. (A) General Rule.--The Following Are Authorized To Solemnize Marriages Between Persons That Produce A Marriage License Issued Under This Part: 1. A Justice, Judge Or District Justice Of This Commonwealth. 2. A Former Or Retired Justice, Judge Or District Justice Of This Commonwealth Who Is Serving As A Senior Judge Or Senior District Justice As Provided Or Prescribed By Law. 3. An Active Or Senior Judge Or Full-Time Magistrate Of The District Courts Of The United States For The Eastern, Middle Or Western District Of Pennsylvania. 4. An Active Or Senior Judge Of The United States Court Of Appeals For The Third Circuit Who Is A Resident Of This Commonwealth. 5. A Mayor Of Any City Or Borough Of This Commonwealth. 6. A Minister, Priest Or Rabbi Of Any Regularly Established Church Or Congregation. (B) Religious Organizations.--Every Religious Society, Religious Institution Or Religious Organization In This Commonwealth May Join Persons Together In Marriage When At Least One Of The Persons Is A Member Of The Society, Institution Or Organization, According To The Rules And Customs Of The Society, Institution Or Organization. (C) Marriage License Needed To Officiate.--No Person Or Religious Organization Qualified To Perform Marriages Shall Officiate At A Marriage Ceremony Without The Parties Having Obtained A Marriage License Issued Under This Part. [Source Webmaster Note: Marriage Is A Civil Contract And Does Not Require A Particular Form Of Ceremony For Solemnization By A Government Or Religious Official. See Commonwealth Ex. Rel. Mcdermott V. Mcdermott, 236 Pa. Superior Ct. 541, 345 A.2D 914 (1975). However, Marriage Does Require Words Uttered To Establish At That Precise Time The Relationship Of Husband And Wife. Commonwealth V. Jones, 224 Pa. Superior Ct. 352, 307 A.2D 397 (1973). Same Sex Wedding Law: To Perform A Marriage In Pennsylvania You Need To Be Ordained And May Be Required To Provide Proof Of Ordination Such As An Ordination Credential , Wallet Credential , Or A Letter Of Good Standing From The Church.