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Meet a woman from Guelph, Ont., who is looking for cash donations and corporation sponsors for her wedding. Estimates of the average wedding cost in Canada are in the range of $30,000 to $40,000, which is a huge financial burden for a young couple that hasn't saved a bundle or received help from family. No wonder there's a trend of couples trying to crowdsource their weddings.

I'm all for any wedding arrangements that keep the happy couple out of debt. But the idea of crowdsourcing a wedding seems to bug people. One personal finance blogger says there are three essential ingredients to pulling off a crowd-funded wedding "without having all of your invitees hate your guts…"

- It must be a bare-bones wedding
- You should have zero ability to pay for the wedding yourself
- Make it clear that contributions are in place of a wedding gift

A blog called The Knot is flat-out opposed to crowdsourced weddings and offers this bit of simple, smart advice: "Plan the wedding you can afford." For help on that, try this guide to planning a wedding on a budget.

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