budget wedding

Staged Eloping: Dream Weddings Without Nightmare Price Tags

"Staged elopements" -- weddings where the couple escapes with little more than an officiant, a photographer and a dream wedding dress -- are becoming increasingly popular. The nuptials may be extravagant, but without the big guest list, they're still cheaper than traditional weddings.

Cut Wedding Costs With the Help of Friends, Family

In 2009, just over two million American couples pledged their eternal troth to each other, and spent more than $40 billion doing it. If the average $24,000 cost of a wedding feels steep to you, consider saving some cash and making the day even more special by getting friends and family involved.