Brides-to-be, more often than not, worry about the expense of everything a wedding entails. Like flowers, how expensive are flowers? Very. So how can you cut down on your reception details? We ask Meg Schneider, author of Budget Weddings for Dummies.

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ETIQUETTE DILEMMAS SOLVED

"Limit fresh flowers  to your wedding party and use less expensive items to decorate the other tables, such as pillar candles on mirrored tiles, or have tablecentres that double up as favours; provide bowls of sweets and takeaway bags, which guests can fill themselves."

"To keep other costs under control, close the bar while the meal is being served, reopen it when the dancing starts and close it an hour before the end."

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"Serve substantial canapés instead of a starter course, or your cake as dessert. Have a brunch reception instead of dinner (typically cheaper and you can save on alcohol costs by serving Buck's Fizz). Eliminate any unnecessary expenses, such as luxury napkins and chair covers - your guests won't necessarily remember them."

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