By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- With the tough economic times, budgeting for a wedding can be quite a challenge. But there are ways to save yourself money without selling your wedding short.

"I wasn't one of those people that had a vision of what I wanted my wedding to be like, but as you start planning, you come up with that dream in your head," bride-to-be Allison Barta said.

That dream is about to become reality in less than a week, but before Allison Barta says 'I do,' she's had a few to-dos.

"We've done a pretty good job keeping our costs in check but it's expensive. Weddings can be expensive," Barta said.

And with the recession here, this soon-to-be bride is budget savvy from her bridesmaids dresses to being creative with homemade hair pieces.

"I chose not to buy their dresses at a bridal salon. I bought them at JC Penney's. And I made their hair pieces out of feather. I think all four of their hair pieces cost about $20."

She also chose to use Mood Party Rentals to create a lounge area with couches and a table for her guests.

"You get that 'wow' factor and it doesn't break the bank," said Tiffany Stephens with Mood Party Rentals.

That inexpensive 'wow' factor is bringing plenty of businesses to this new shop, from the mirrored chandelier to centerpieces that are beyond the basics.

"We want to be able to fill in the gap. We always say we pick up where others leave off so we have statement pieces," Stephens said.

"I'm feeling great. It's really been fun," Barta said. "I've enjoyed it a lot. I've heard a lot of horror stories but I think if you keep a level head, you can get through it."

"The Brides of Oklahoma" magazine and "Perfect Wedding Guide" magazine are what some call life savers. One is a resourceful local shopping guide and they both have tools like budget calculators and checklists.

You can get the bridal books at any local Barnes & Noble book store.