With the average wedding costing $27,000 (not including the honeymoon), savvy couples are hunting for savings wherever they can find them. These 10 tips won't make your day any less magical, but they will make a lot of the bill disappear.
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.