The average cost of a wedding in the United States last year was $28,000. If you don’t want to spend that kind of money on your wedding, here are some ideas to consider for cutting expenses while still having beautiful and memorable day.


Less traditional wedding venues can save serious money. Look into using a park or the lawn of a friend or family member.


In some situations you can save money by having the wedding during the off-season. For example, flowers are less expensive in-season.

Time of Day:

Having a morning or afternoon wedding will be less expensive than an evening wedding as they are much more casual, and serving brunch or afternoon tea is much less expensive than a full dinner.

Wedding Dress:

You can look just as beautiful in a white (off-white, champagne) dress. Check out prom, bridesmaid or department store dresses.