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Aug 1, 2014 8:47 PM by Stephania Jimenez - sjimenez@kristv.com

Experts Dish: How to Have a Budget-Friendly Wedding

CORPUS CHRISTI - Ask any bride-to-be, and they'll tell you: getting married is exciting, but wedding planning can be stressful, especially when you consider the finances. According to www.TheKnot.com , the average wedding in the U.S cost about $30,000 last year. But, local experts say you don't have to spend that much to have a fabulous wedding in the coastal bend.

Like every bride-to-be, Kyra Graham is looking forward to her big day.

"We'll maybe have a beach-themed wedding or something along the lines of that," said Graham.

Graham wants 150 guests at her wedding to her fiancée, Brad Godeke. But, with a $10,000 budget, she'll have to shop around to cut costs.

"The food...and just the little things add up. I never thought about all the decorations you need," explained Graham.

Monica Sawyer, owner of "The One Bride Guide" magazine said decorations are a good place to slash spending.

"Look for simple things...what you can put together with materials that don't cost as much," said Sawyer.

Sawyer recommends that couples use candles and picture frames which add a personal touch, versus huge centerpieces.

"Also, look at flowers that are in-season, versus out-of-season."

Considering the bulk of your money will go toward food and your venue, Sawyer said couples should think about tying the knot at an alternate, less expensive venue.

"A lot of times you can get a venue in a public park or even on the beaches."

Laura Murphy, Sales Director for the Courtyard at Gaslight Square and Diamond Point Catering said couples can also save up to $2,000 if they get married on a Friday or Sunday.

"Saturday is our most popular date. Therefore, those are the most expensive. If you look at a Sunday, you get almost the same things, you get the same venue, the same service at almost half the cost," said Murphy.

Brides can also save on their wedding dress by checking out truck shows or sample sales, where gowns can cost about 50 percent less.

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