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Angie's List: Staying on budget with your wedding

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It's wedding season and they can cost an average of $30,000! Angie's List says hiring a wedding planner can help, but you want to make sure it's the right decision for you.

Brian Blume and Jill Zook are saying "I do" in November and decided to hire a wedding planner. Jill says, "I've been to enough weddings and seen enough of brides literally running around in their wedding dress freaking out directing traffic an hour before their wedding and I didn't want that. We've got a mortgage, we have student loans, so staying on budget is very important to us. We have had to get creative on how to do that, but we are making it work." Brian says,  "While we want a nice wedding, we also want a nice life, so finding that middle ground."

A wedding planner can help find vendors to meet your price point, negotiate discounts and provide money saving advice. Marie Frey is one of those wedding planners. She says, "The ways they can save money is basically using a Friday or a Sunday as their wedding day. Each guest that they invite is going to have a dollar amount associated with them so if they can cut back on that, that's a big help. And then sometimes just having a smaller bridal party that can help them also."

Because there are so many players involved when planning a wedding, Angie's List says you should never ignore the fine print when it comes to contracts. Angie Hicks says, "When planning a wedding it can be a highly emotional process so make sure you are reading all of your contracts start to finish so you understand how they are going to work. We've heard instances of consumers being asked to give up their right to talk about their experience when signing vendor contracts. If you see a request like that in a contract walk away from that vendor. It really calls into question how much you can trust them."

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, but you don’t know where to start or what to focus on first, be sure to check out the Angie’s List wedding checklist:

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