So you got engaged a while ago, or maybe just recently, but now the uncertainty of what was going to happen toward the end of 2008 has given way to the realization that we are in a global recession. In the new age of “DIY,” everyone everywhere seems to be cutting back and telling you how you can do the same.

Scaling down is definitely important! I too was once a bride on a budget. But, if you’ve dreamed about your wedding day since you were a little girl, there are ways to keep your event classy while saving yourself a buck or two.

Tip: trim the guest list as much as possible, and consider having a smaller, intimate affair. You can still go for quality food, music, and all the other “trappings” that will set the tone for an elegant event, but you’ll save a huge chunk of change overall.