Friday, December 11, 2009

Wedding Woes

By: Kelsey Hoffman

It’s that big day and all you want to think about is how important this day is to the rest of your life. You want it to be special, spending the rest of your life with the person you love. Your friends and family are around to watch the beautiful ceremony with the extravagant reception to follow. It’s all well and good until you realize how much money really went into this one day.

Many couples go into the wedding planning procedure with a set plan and budget. Couples can spend any amount of money they desire on their wedding, extravagant ones costing more than $100,000. With the recession now though, more couples are taking into account their budgets and opting for smaller and less luxurious ceremonies. Some places are offering “elopement” packages that cost anywhere between $1,000-$2,000 for a couple to get married with 20 of their closest friends and family. These packages provide a way for people to still celebrate but in a more budget sensitive way.

Other ways of saving money on your wedding include of course cutting down on the amount of people you invite, wearing a dress maybe your mother passed down to you, making the food yourself, and making it a cash bar event.

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