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Expert Advice from wedding guru, Sharon Naylor


Sharon Naylor

Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding planning books and a frequent guest expert on Get Married with Colin Cowie, Good Morning America, and other top shows. Recently featured in such magazines as Martha Stewart Wedding, InStyle Weddings, Brides, Modern Bride and Southern Bride, she is the iVillage Weddings expert and host of "Here Come the Moms" at Wedding Podcast Network.

She lives in Morristown NJ with her husband Joe, and loved using Wedding Mapper for her own April '08 wedding.


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I am on a VERY low budget for my wedding, which is hopefully in October of this year. I have about $5,000.00 to go towards it. What would be the best way to divide the money.


The best way to divide your wedding budget is to list out the Top 5 items that are most important to you -- it might be your dress, your catering, entertainment, photos, flowers -- and put a larger percentage of your wedding budget to those things.

It makes it a lot easier when you also list out the things you don't care about very much, and can thus spend very little on, or have parents pick up as their wedding help/gift to you.

So, you might want to spend 1/3 of your wedding money on your reception expenses, then put $750 to a wedding gown [you CAN find great ones on that budget], and go from there. Use the wedding help tools at this site to help you create a budget, and always keep that budget flexible so that you don't stress out too much...so that it doesn't own you.

And pick up my book 1001 Ways to Save Money and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding to find out all of the insider ways to make wedding plans and get extras from your smartly-negotiated wedding contracts, shop at the best-priced resources, ask the right questions and get more wedding for less money! Just go to www.sharonnaylor.net to get your copy!


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