More brides do 'homemade' weddings to save money

LEXINGTON, Ky. — On her big day, nobody had to know that Rebecca Sweeney made her own bouquet. Or made her own table centerpieces or designed and printed her own invitations.

But Sweeney is happy to tell people that her June 20 wedding was largely a do-it-yourself event. Well, do-it-yourself with the help of extended friends and family: her aunt made the cake, her mother helped with the centerpieces, an uncle did the barbecue for the receptions. She and her mother trudged to multiple dollar stores to get baskets to use on the tables. They created centerpieces with mason jars and gingham ribbon.

The Maysville, Ky., bride is part of a growing trend that has more folks putting their own creative spin on their weddings in an effort to save money.

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