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Everyday Cheapskate: Planning a wedding on short notice — can it be done? – syracuse.com

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Dear Cheapskate: My fiance and I have decided to move our wedding day up from two years to 10 weeks. Yikes! I’m a bargain hunter, but I find my head spinning with the reality of planning a small family wedding and keeping it within a realistic budget. Do you have any ideas? — H.M., New York

Dear H.M.: Whew! That’s a tall order, but here goes: Rent your dress (search for a rental facility near you). Have your attendants wear clothes they own already. Enlist the help of friends and family. Get your cake from Costco or your local supermarket bakery.

Order your flowers in bulk at wholesale prices from Sam’s Club (nonmembers can order for 5% tacked on), then arrange the “growers bunch” flowers in country-style, rustic bouquets. Sam’s will even deliver the flowers to you two days before your wedding.

Don’t shy away from asking to borrow. If you know someone who recently had a wedding, inquire about borrowing some of their stuff. And if you are on the other side of a wedding, offer to lend.

Remember this: After every wedding comes a marriage. In the end it’s what you put into the marriage that will matter, not the food or flowers that you and your guests will soon forget. Congratulations, and may all your worries be little ones. We had two.

Mary invites you to visit her at EverydayCheapskate.com, where this column is archived complete with links and resources for all recommended products and services. Mary invites questions and comments at “Ask Mary.” This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of EverydayCheapskate.com, a frugal living blog, and the author of the book “Debt-Proof Living.”

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