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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.
KS Wedding Laws
23-2504. Solemnizing Marriage; Persons Authorized To Officiate. (A) Marriage May Be Validly Solemnized And Contracted In This State, After A License Has Been Issued For The Marriage, In The Following Manner: By The Mutual Declarations Of The Two Parties To Be Joined In Marriage, Made Before An Authorized Officiating Person And In The Presence Of At Least Two Competent Witnesses Over 18 Years Of Age, Other Than The Officiating Person, That They Take Each Other As Husband And Wife. (B) The Following Are Authorized To Be Officiating Persons: (1) Any Currently Ordained Clergyman Or Religious Authority Of Any Religious Denomination Or Society; (2) Any Licentiate Of A Denominational Body Or An Appointee Of Any Bishop Serving As The Regular Clergyman Of Any Church Of The Denomination To Which The Licentiate Or Appointee Belongs, If Not Restrained From So Doing By The Discipline Of That Church Or Denomination; (3) Any Judge Or Justice Of A Court Of Record; (4) Any Municipal Judge Of A City Of This State; And (5) Any Retired Judge Or Justice Of A Court Of Record. (C) The Two Parties Themselves, By Mutual Declarations That They Take Each Other As Husband And Wife, In Accordance With The Customs, Rules And Regulations Of Any Religious Society, Denomination Or Sect To Which Either Of The Parties Belong, May Be Married Without An Authorized Officiating Person. Same Sex Wedding Law: To Perform A Marriage In Kansas 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.