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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

65 Days - The High Cost of Weddings

The average cost of a wedding in the United States is $19,581.  (What does The Onion think about that number?)  $19,581 is actually a drop in average wedding costs.  In 2007 the average cost of a wedding in the United States was around $27,000! (EEK)

According to CostOfWedding.com, DC weddings on average cost couples between $27,342 and $45,570 total.  They go on to say that couples should expect to pay, on average, 50 to 100 percent more when choosing well-experienced professionals, designer labels, popular event locations, unique or custom products and services.

A DC budget wasn't a Rachel and Sam budget.  Thankfully, we're not alone.  CNN outlined a few tips for people planning their weddings on a budget by using creative methods and give mention to two blogs I have been following.  Check it out!

Here are a few ways that we have tried to save on wedding planning:

  • DIY projects - centerpieces, cake topper, tiered cupcake holder, and other decor
  • Booking a non-hotel venue
  • Shopping unlikely wedding shops for sales - Saks, Anthropologie, and Marshalls
  • Exhaustive research and internet shopping
  • Finding non-established vendors for stationary
  • Asking for help
  • Cutting our budget and then cutting it again.
Just some thoughts!  We're open to more ideas if you want to share! 

OK. Back to the invites :-)

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