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.