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6 tips to keep wedding costs down from expert Mindy Weiss

Big name event and wedding planner Mindy Weiss has overseen the elegant and extravagant nuptials of stars Ellen DeGeneres, Gwen Stefani, and Hilary Duff. Brides-to-be will have the opportunity to meet Weiss (right) as she signs copies of her new book, “The Wedding Planner & Organizer,’’ at David’s Bridal in Danvers on Feb. 2. Until then, here’s a sample of her expert advice for keeping costs down on the big day.

Don’t rush into anything. “The first thing I always say is, take a deep breath as soon as you get engaged. What happens is brides get so excited that they start hiring people before looking at the whole cost. When they do realize how much money they have, they spend a big chunk of their budget on something expensive when they could have saved. Slow down and really know how much money you have for food and alcohol. Figure out a location, and then food and alcohol costs. That’s your biggest chunk.’’

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