It's matrimony's version of a financial stimulus program. The moment Jose Matos proposed to Juan Estrada after New York approved same-sex marriage, the pair joined thousands of gay couples expected to boost the state's economy. Caterer? Check. Flowers? Check. Engraved invitations? Yup.
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.