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Average Cost of a Wedding 2008-04-02 06:49:14

How Much the Average Couple Spends on Their Big Day

The average price tag on weddings in the US is around $30,000 — yikes! Because the cost of living varies greatly from place to place, the cost of the average wedding in San Francisco varies from the average cost of a wedding in Charlotte, and everywhere in between. The one thing you can count on is that most venues and vendors make sticking to a budget very difficult — wedding bells are followed by dollar signs, but if you know what to expect it can make setting up a budget less of a frustrating process. If you won't be eloping to Vegas then you need to be able to grasp all of the price information that's thrown at you, so you don't end up choosing the most expensive everything out of a lack of patience and preparation. Find out how much the average couple in your city spends on one of the most important days of their lives when you

  • Enter the zip code of the city where you plan on getting married in the widget below, and it generates an average cost based on a laundry list of expenses and breaks down the overall cost into smaller categories. It lets you see the average price paid for photographer, honeymoon, decorations, rehearsal dinner, etc. The site makes a great point: "Understanding average wedding costs now can help you with your wedding budget later."
  • If all of the zeros behind the average cost are making you nervous, stay tuned for some tips on how to budget for your big day!

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