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TODAY   |  February 21, 2013

4 tips for planning a wedding on a budget

If you’re planning your wedding day and find yourself short on ideas and money, celebrity event planner Colin Cowie is here to help with a few simple tips that will have you celebrating in style.

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>>> if you're planning to walk down the aisle but short on ideide ideas and money, look no further than celebrity colin cowie . his latest, a wedding keepsake organizer. a gorgeous book, absolutely stunning. it's to put together a wedding but have something you can cherish afterwards. a lot of people that plan, the bride doing all the work?

>> not any more. 50/50, shared responsibility.

>> it should be anyway. hear that, john? 50/50.

>> the most important thing is to be organized and why i created a planner that keeps you organized.

>> what are some of the mistakes people make? chrissy is planning her own wedding now.

>> be organized and dream and come with a plan and then you have the big picture , it guides you on decisions along the way.

>> you showed us ways to create a memorable event taking us to a whole new level. you're showing us ways to dress up. this is the venue where you're getting married. every bride wants a bigger budget than she has. how to create great things.

>> this is ann arbor where you're exchanging your vows. and you kcan make wishes on ribbons. and all the wishes are attached very easily to the arbor while they get married.

>> it makes it very personal.

>> makes it very personal and collect these ribbons and if they hit a bumpy patch they can read these ribbons. this is easy to do. make ancision and put the ribbon in there.

>> this is not hard?

>> no. these are easy ways to do this and done in advance.

>> i was definitely planning my outfit according to the theme.

>> we look like christmas here.

>> i know.

>> looks like a very glamorous table but if you break it down great ideas. this is a candelabra and we spray painted it green and makes them more modern and put matching green kalcandles in there. i love this idea. these are what we found at the builder's emporium, a dollar and a quarter apiece but make it glamorous as well. we covered our glass vases in crocodile wall paper and the napkin ring and we created personalized cards as well, the name on the front and menu itself.

>> it can save money these things that can cost you a lot.

>> pay $30 for one of these and this is made at your home printer and a couple crystals.

>> people will want to keep it, too. gorgeous.

>> and emerald is the big fashion color of the year. i love the idea of working with the gray as our base color.

>> what other colors --

>> good for me.

>> what other colors are great this season?

>> purple is a great color. i love emerald green , chrissy and winter colors.

>> you will show us how you made those cards and menus.

>> every wedding starts with an invitation. we love an invitation with lining. this is the easiest things to do.

>> people spend thousands of dollars sometimes on invitations.

>> put the liner in yourself.

>> get your bridesmaids to come over and girlfriends.

>> a glass of wine.

>> my gosh, heaven.

>> the menu card.

>> i love this. a gift.

>> this is a gift.

>> and the mac car roans and you have yourself a wonderful party.

>> that 's wonderful .

>> thank you, colin cowie .