Weddings cost an average of $35,329 nationally excluding the honeymoon according to The Knots 2016 Real Weddings Study . Thats the highest reported average cost since the survey beganin 2006. But youre not obligated to spend that much, and many couples dont. We askedexperts how you can set a reasonable budget and cut costs on some of the most expensive elements of your upcoming nuptials. The budget 1. Be realistic Dont start your marriage in debt, says Anne Chertoff, a trend expert for WeddingWire. Most couples dont anticipate how much a wedding is actually going to cost, so they end up underestimating what theyre going to spend and then going over their budget, she says. Set realistic spending limits from the beginning that account for all areas of your wedding. If you overspend in one area, cut back in another. 2.
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