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.

Location:

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

Season:

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.