- Special Sections
- Public Notices
Weddings have always been big business, but I was shocked to see how expensive they’ve become in the 17 years since my wife and I got married.
According to the annual Real Weddings Study, the average wedding in the United States now costs $28,427 and that doesn’t even count the honeymoon.
Wait, it gets worse.
Among the more than 17,500 surveyed brides who got married in 2012, the average amount paid for a wedding dress was $1,211. On average they also spent $204 per wedding guest and dropped $12,905 for the reception venue.
There are many ways to rein in wedding-related costs while still having a memorable event.
Here are a few suggestions:
Create a budget. Unless you’re a professional wedding planner, you’ll probably be floored by how many expenses weddings can amass, including: wedding and engagement rings, invitations, postage, marriage license, clergy and location fees, flowers, bridal gown and groom’s tuxedo, rehearsal dinner and reception, photography, catering, disc jockey or band, limousine, parking attendants, tips, gifts for wedding participants and honeymoon expenses.
If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.
Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.
If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.