U.S. couples spent an average of almost $29,000 to tie the knot in 2023, according to online wedding planning site Zola.com. It’s easy to want to splurge, but there are ways to stay within budget:

  • Find a location that is meaningful to you, they are often on the lower cost side of things, for example, your house or backyard, your local church, or a public park or beach.
  • See if your location will let you bring in your own beverages so you can control the cost.
  • Choose an off-peak wedding date.
  • Stick to your budget!
  • Buy in-season, local flowers, and use fresh flowers sparingly.
  • Purchase a sheet cake or a cake with a simple design.
  • Recruit your friends to help. Look into your network, to see who can design invites, bake cupcakes, etc.
  • Borrow what you can, especially chairs, or vases for the tables.