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5 clever ways to save on your wedding

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BYO music

If you can't afford a band or disc jockey -- or simply want to spend the money on your honeymoon -- make a playlist on your MP3 player and rock the house for free!

Former event planner Sara Gaum recommends appointing a friend or relative to monitor the music and cue up the first dance and other highlights. The playlist should have a good mix of music that will appeal to all generations, and the music should be timed properly, with lower-key cocktail music during the first couple of hours. "No one will want to hear Lady Gaga while you're still eating dinner," says Gaum.

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