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With this ring...Ka-ching! Wedding planning on a budget

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Some lucky ladies may have gotten a diamond ring for Valentine's Day.

Now it's time to start planning!

The fairytale dreams many woman had in childhood may not come true without cutting a few corners.

That's right, it's time to talk budget.

Unfortunately few couples can afford an elaborate Royal wedding like William and Kate, but here's something that may make you feel better, Kim Kardashian's wedding extravaganza reportedly cost a whopping $6 million, and we all know how that ended.

According to TheKnot.com the average wedding costs about $27,800.

Sound like a lot? Even if the average is a little out of your reach, it doesn't mean your wedding can't include all the things the you want.

Taylor and Spencer, a happy Michiana Bride and Groom, are busy planning their November wedding.

"The words everybody's used for our wedding is whimsical. We definitely want elegant and just romantic," says Taylor Pierce, a bride planning on a budget.

The pair's first tip if you're on a budget? Allow yourself extra time.

"We gave ourselves two years before we're getting married so we have time to actually decide what we want and get the good deals and find different sale prices," says Taylor.

One way they've found those good deals is by going with vendors who are fairly new to the scene.

"We've chosen mainly up and coming people in the wedding business. People who don't charge outrageous prices because they can't from their experience," says Taylor.

For example they're using a Bridesmaid's sister as their photographer who shoots weddings on the side.

Event Coordinator with the Beiger Mansion, Dennis Slade has been planning weddings for years.

"I always find that the biggest pitfall is about budget and you need to discuss that honestly and openly and not feel bad to just say, 'we can't afford that,'" says Slade.

Slade says hiring vendors without a lot of experience can be a good way to save money, but couples need to own that decision and stand by it.

"You have to judge that wisely. It's a decision you have to make and you have to be very confident about it," says Slade.

Taylor and Spencer say they're confident in their vendors, having done their research first.

"We've looked at their client base and we've looked and read reviews and all that so we feel very confident that they're going to do a good job," says Taylor.

Another budget saver? The couple wasn't afraid to ask for discounts. For instance, for members of the military. Their DJ cut them a deal because Spencer is in the Army.

"Don't be afraid to wheel and deal a little," says Taylor.

The couple has also turned to the internet for discounts on invitations and name cards.

"We got a groupon through that so you only had to pay "x" amount to get "x" amount of dollars. So that was a way we saved money too," says Taylor.

Then there's the dress. Taylor says don't be scared off by expensive boutiques, because they all have sales!

"I ended up choosing one that was a discontinued dress. So my dress ended up being half off, so that was a big money saver as well," says Taylor.

Perhaps the best advice about planning on a budget comes from the quiet groom.

"Take your time and don't be set on certain things. If you can get something similar for a lower price. You may as well go with that," says Spencer Toner, a groom planning on a budget.

No matter what your budget is or how much time you have to plan, the expert says, have fun!

"Do what works best for you. Because it has to be enjoyment from the moment you get started on this. Don't tax yourself, and don't tax the groom," says Slade.

Of course there's the wedding magazines. Brides and the experts say they're great for getting ideas. Taylor recommends Veils and Vows, it's a Michiana vendor magazine good for finding local vendors.

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