In today's column "Wedded to a budget" brides and grooms found ways to spend much less than $15K to $26k (the average cost of a Twin Cities wedding, say some experts). Here are some additional tips sent in by readers. Kate and William have not officially weighed in yet with their tips for economizing, but several guests tweeted that the couple served shrimp (with the tails on!)  to save money. Labels were removed from  the jars Heinz Cocktail Sauce to pass them off as something fancier. Good job, Royals!



We all need to save a buck or pound here and there. Here are more tips from this side of the pond:

Network. Look for connections to make it all happen for less. Ben Sand, a musician, took advantage of the equipment he already had to avoid renting microphones. His mom and step dad make greetingc ards, his in-laws had a PA system and a friend is a licensed wedding officiant. Way to work those connections, Ben.

Destination weddings: Pat Sirek found that when her daughter got married last fall, it was a lot cheaper to have the wedding and reception outside the Twin Cities. They had their wedding at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville and the reception in nearby downtown St. Cloud.

Plan ahead. Sara Berhow regularly shopped clearance racks for a year bwefore the wedding to find centerpiece vases for less than $2 each, centerpiece candle holders for less than $1 each, wedding shoes $23, and her husband's tie $5, For craft-y items, Wal-Mart and Target are cheaper than Michael's or Joann's, she said. Finally, repurpose the decorations. She brought the altar flower arrangements to the reception.

Online wedding dresses: Try sites such as Preownedweddingdresses, Recycledbride and Oncewed for great selections, said Samantha Sobieck.

Thanks for sharing, everyone, especially the social netwrkers who took time out to tweet while celebrating the Royal Wedding.

Note to QE: Please re-confirm your tweet. I'm not sure if you meant it when you said you economized by replacing all the diamonds on Kate's tiara with CZ. Still learning your sense of humor, Luv.