Time it right
If you get married during the off season -- from Nov. 1 to March 31 -- you'll be able to get better rates for venues, photographers, officiates, bands and the like. You'll also pay less if you steer clear of Saturday night.
Mariesa Stokes of Spokane, Washington, cut her costs by a third by getting married on a Sunday. "Since it was a holiday weekend, our guests had Monday to travel," she says.