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Keep your wedding on budget

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Brian Blume and Jill Zook will say 'I do' this fall.

"I think I've been to enough weddings and seen enough of brides literally running around in their wedding dress freaking out directing traffic an hour before their wedding and I didn't want that," said Zook.

So the couple enlisted the help of a wedding planner to sweat the small stuff and help them stay on budget.

"We've got a mortgage, we have student loans, so staying on budget is very important to us," Zook said. "While we want a nice wedding, we also want a nice life, so kind of just finding that middle ground," Blume added.

Wedding planners can cater to couples on all budgets in need of various services, most starting around $1,000. A wedding planner can help find vendors to meet your price point, negotiate discounts, and provide money-saving advice.

"Using maybe a Friday or a Sunday as their wedding day. The venues typically charge less on those particular days. They can cut back on their guest list. And then sometimes just having a smaller bridal party that can help them also," said wedding planner, Marie Frey.

One thing brides should never do is ignore the fine print in contracts.

"We've heard instances of consumers being asked to give up their right to talk about their experience when signing vendor contracts. If you see a request like that in a contract walk away from that vendor," said Angie Hicks from Angie's List.

"You are trusting somebody with one of the biggest days of your life and to know we can trust her, it's a good feeling," Zook said.

If you're planning a wedding, but don't know where to start, check out the Angie's List wedding checklist.

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