Getting a little imaginative with your wedding not only gives your Big Day a little extra pizzazz, it can also possibly save you some considerable bucks! Here are some ways we've come up with to give you at least a kick-start to thinking up your own creative wedding ideas - to have a ball, er, a wedding to remember!

Save Hundreds on Food

Instead of calling up that expensive wedding caterer, make the food yourself. Get family and/or friends to help you come up with a menu and then look in the phone book for places to buy food at wholesale or near-wholesale prices. Some of these include Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale, Costco, and others. One bride-to-be saved nearly $1,000 by foodstuffs she and her family made at home, then heated up at her wedding reception.

And nobody knew the difference between this and the high-dollar menu of the local caterer! Why hire a caterer when you and your friends can brainstorm and come up with your own, inimitable appetizers, entrees, salads, and desserts - for a fraction of the cost? You can buy the very same ingredients caterers use and by doing the cooking and arranging yourself save enough to add significantly to the honeymoon pot!

Getting Around the High-Priced Florist Service

One bride-to-be really made thinking ahead pay off with her floral needs. She knew her wedding date was a year away and had her heart set on an abundance of flowers at her ceremony and reception. Knowing that many of her friends and family had yards and gardening space, she asked several of them to plant flowers in anticipation of her nuptials.

By the following year - when the time neared for her wedding - she had flowers galore for her and her bridesmaids' bouquets, groom's and groomsmen's boutonnieres, and to place as a centerpiece and in vases on her reception tables. She even had masses of blooms to decorate the church and reception hall! The extra bonus lay in the fact that all the flowers were organically grown - no pesticides or chemicals of any kind were present to affect people sensitive to such things.

Save on Photography Costs

Another creative wedding idea: If you happen to have a family friend or a relative with a reputation for taking really great pictures, now is the time to ask for their services. Most people can "point and shoot," but you are really needing someone who has a special talent for taking pictures that people ooh and ahh over.

If no one you know fits the bill, a professional photographer just may be gracious enough to give you negatives that you can have printed yourself, which will save you lots of money. In any case, you'll want to make sure you communicate clearly with the photographer just exactly what you want. Some assume automatically that you want the "full-package deal," so to avoid any misunderstandings - and going "in the red" - make it clear that you want, for instance, only the basic wedding photography package available.

These are just a few thought you can expound upon or add to in order to come up with some creative wedding ideas that suit your own particular wedding situation. Ask around. Talk to friends, family, coworkers, and people at your church or club. There are literally hundreds of ways - some little, some large - to save money on your wedding. And who knows? You might just save enough to make that honeymoon the "stuff of dreams"!