Couples in love have continued tying the knot during the recession, but they're spending a lot less money doing it. The average cost of a wedding in the US was $30,000 in 2007, an approximation that has since been reduced by nearly 30 percent. According to statistics from The Wedding Report, the average cost for a wedding in 2008 was $21,814 and that price tag was already slashed to $19,219 in the first quarter of 2009.
The figure represents a national average, and like anything else cost will vary depending on geography — the higher your cost of living, the more you'll probably pay for the big day. Beautiful weddings can be done on a small budget, but it's a good idea to understand the average cost of things in your area so you can plan accordingly and have an idea of the difference between deal and a premium quote. Curious what couples are shelling out in your city? To find out,
Enter your zip code in the space below to find out a range for what couples are spending on their weddings (you'll be taken to the Cost of a Wedding website). San Francisco couples are spending between $33,963 and $56,604; what's the range where you live?