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Saying 'I do' doesn't have to break the bank

Planning a wedding? Start with the budget
Posted at 6:23 AM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 08:09:45-04

Every year in the U.S., there are about 2.5 million weddings, with an average cost of nearly $30,000. According to a data website, ValuePenguin, the cost of an average wedding in Wisconsin is $19,483.

According to a Zola survey, the most popular months for weddings last year were September and October, with January and February being the least popular.

The five most expensive parts of a wedding make up 90% of the costs, with the reception venue as number one at an average cost of $13,385. Consider a backyard or park for your reception. And DIY when you can.

The venue marketplace “Wedding Spot” website says that booking your wedding on a Thursday is 17% cheaper compared with a Saturday night. Also save by using a DJ. That will cost about $1,000 compared with a wedding band averaging $4,000.

Typically, wedding planners range from $5,000 to $10,000, but a day of planner or consultant is around $1,000.

And consider saving on your photographer by creating your own wedding hashtag for guests to post their photographs.

See a state-by-state comparison of wedding costs here.