With New Jersey weddings more expensive than ever — we're talking in the neighborhood of $40,000 to $50,000 in the Garden State — how can you bring costs down?

I'd asked the planning pros, who had suggestions for day of the week and dining savings. ut when I put the call out for your own wedding budget hacks — you answered, in full force.

I've rounded up some of the best tips — other than eloping, of course.

(I also shared my own DIY wedding prep, which included our invitations to our favors.)


Proud Jersey Girl Erin Vogt’s first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee.  A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.

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