Four Tips for Planning a Wedding in a Down Economy From eRegistry.com: Your Day Can be Perfect Even When the Economy is Not

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The reality of today's economy could make even the most joyful of events - your wedding - tough to plan. Don't let this reality spoil your day - it is still possible to have a fantastic day to celebrate the love that you and your fiancée share. If you are dreaming big but feeling the pinch, eRegistry.com has developed four key tips to help you plan your wedding within your budget.

The reality of today's economy could make even the most joyful of events - your wedding - tough to plan. Don't let this reality spoil your day - it is still possible to have a fantastic day to celebrate the love that you and your fiancée share. If you are dreaming big but feeling the pinch, eRegistry.com has developed four key tips to help you plan your wedding within your budget:

1. Insure Your Big Day (costs you little)

Purchase Wedding Insurance. Traditionally, wedding insurance was sought by the few fearing that something might go wrong on their wedding day, or that the wedding won't happen at all. Today, such insurance is worth considering by almost anyone planning a wedding. With so many Main Street businesses - like caterers, florists, dress shops, and photographers - shutting their doors, couples are finding themselves in a lurch just prior to the big day and without another down payment in their pockets. This is where wedding insurance comes in. And for less than the cost of your centerpieces ($35,000 of coverage for less than $400), it could really save the day.

Protect Your Honeymoon. There is nothing like getting on an airplane or hitting the road after celebrating your nuptials. A few days away with your bride or groom can make all the wedding headaches, backaches and foot aches seem like distant memories. But what happens if one of you has lost a job in the lead up to the wedding? A honeymoon might not be the best idea. Travel insurance might be a good idea - especially policies that give you back all the money you spent on your trip if a financial misfortune knocks on your door. The good news is - the beach will always be there, that's why they invented second honeymoons.

2. Do It Yourself (costs you nothing)
Ok, so you didn't plan to spend the weeks leading up to your wedding day forcing your bridal party to sit in your living room making favors. No one does. But finding little projects along the way that you, your family and your friends can take on will make a big difference on your wedding's bottom line. Even better, start these projects months or weeks before your wedding day so you can focus on all the memories you're creating in the days before you live happily ever after.

3. Negotiate. Negotiate. Negotiate. (costs you nothing)
The trick is not to be afraid to ask. The worst a vendor can do is to say "No." The good news is that in this economy many vendors will do anything to get your business. Many will also be willing to give you the extra perk if you just ask. So do your research and be aggressive - it might just pay off in the end!

4. Crowdsource Your Wedding (you make money)
There's nothing that says that you or your family have to pick up the entire tab for your wedding. And there are certainly no rules about how many sets of dishes, vases, and blenders you need to receive, especially in this economy. Get your guests to help contribute to your wedding fund by creating a cash registry. Engagement parties and showers are a perfect time to get cash to pay for your wedding. Your friends and guests love you. And in this economy, they will love to help where it counts most.

About eRegistry.com
eRegistry.com is the world's first comprehensive wish giving website that offers a complete suite of gifts, cash and philanthropic gift registry solutions. At eRegistry.com users can instantly add gifts from all their favorite stores, create custom items, tastefully request money gifts through the eRegistry WishCard™ and receive free charitable contributions, all in one place. eRegistry.com is the perfect gift registry for any wedding, baby shower, charity or other special event. More information can be found at http://www.eRegistry.com.

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