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October 13, 2012

Tying a knot around wedding expenses

Occasion doesn't need to break the bank

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It is best call to get pricing and reserve tents, chairs and tables as close to the same time as location reservations are made. Some rental businesses offer package deals if you rent all of the needed items from them. Do comparison shopping and after making a decision, make a deposit and triple check the dates needed on your contract receipt. According to a low average on the wedding cost website for Otsego or Delaware county for rental items, $1,500 is a beginning point for spending.

Music is an important part of weddings and receptions. The Tompkinses made their own music choices on CDs and had a disc jockey on hand. This area has plenty of talented musicians and entertaining DJ’s with pricing that varies widely. Have a strong idea of music preferences, book early and set aside anywhere from $500 to $5,000 depending on what your choice and budget can handle.

When planning wedding decorations on a tight budget. Tompkins explained. “The cheaper the better. You want to make sure that you try to order everything you will need from one website or store at a certain time, that way you don’t pay multiple shipping charges. Balloons and streamers are really cheap and go a long way in spicing up your special day! Add a little confetti to each table and you’re set.”

Gifts for the wedding party and parents of the bride and groom, along with wedding guest favors do not have to be expensive. Tokens of friendship, appreciation and love are a great way to end this special day with a thank you to all who took part in making it memorable. Consider setting aside around $500 for this and more for tipping officials, caterers, transport drivers, entertainment and photographer.

Excluding the engagement ring, wedding bands, gown, rehersal/rehersal dinner and honeymoon, the cost of a typical wedding in Otsego or Delaware county can range from $15,000 to $25,000. Tompkins saved a great deal of money with careful planning, lots of do-it-yourself effort and plenty of friends and family that were willing to help out. Overall, remember what the day is about, know that every little thing will not go as planned and celebrate the beginning your life together as a wedded couple.

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