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Set a Budget that Works for You

Picking a number you can afford is really only half of the battle when setting a wedding budget. Saying you're going to spend $15,000 is only realistic if you know what wedding services cost in your area. Do some preliminary research to find out the average cost of your big ticket items, such as reception, food, alcohol, attire, flowers, photography and any other service you'd really like to include. Don't forget to consider smaller costs, right down to your manicure and shoes, so that every cost is accounted for in your total spending plan.

How to save for a wedding

A wedding can be a big investment and requires a lot of planning and saving. Spending lavishly on a one-day event may be reasonable for some, but there are many of us who hope to tie the knot without going into debt or wiping out our savings. Here's a list of wedding do's and don't's!