It is a sobering statistic that in 2012, the average cost of a typical wedding was something slightly in excess of $ 54,000.
Sound hard to believe?
Well, it's not. If you think about, for example, a typical menu at $ 30 or $ 40.00 a head plus the cost of limousines, function room hire, clothes and so on, you'll pretty quickly see where that $ 54,000 comes from.
Just how weddings are funded these days varies. Broadly speaking, the old assumptions that it was the bride's parents who paid for everything have now greatly disappeared. Today the costs are most likely to be borne by both families and by the young couple themselves.
Just how much expenditure you want to take on will be very much driven by your personal preferences for your wedding. Inevitably large traditional affairs with significant numbers of guests are going to cost rather more than quiet discreet gathering for a small number of people.
As a general rule, if you scale back on your plans a little then you should see a corresponding reduction in the amount of money you'll be spending.
Of course, in today's cost-conscious society, people are looking for opportunities to have as many of the conventional trimmings as they can but without necessarily needing to reduce themselves to penury for the next 20 years to pay for it all. The good news is that there are a number of things you can consider along those lines.
Perhaps the best is to look at using a professional wedding venue.
That is not just a question of hiring your reception rooms and despite the ceremony spot itself but allowing professionals to do everything for you, including making all the arrangements for flowers, catering and so on. There are such special avenues around and because of the size and numbers of weddings that they handle in a typical year, they may be able to leakage rather more 'commercial clout' with suppliers such as florists and caterers than you might be able to realize yourself .
What that means in rough terms is that they will be able to drive a harder bargain and pass on some of those savings to you.
It is fashionable these days to question the need for large formal weddings and the inevitable fee associated with them.
On the other hand though, it is hopefully going to be that once-in-a-lifetime day that you, your family and your guests will all want to remember fondly. True, it may not be entirely sensible to lumber yourself with vast amounts of debt as a result of that but on the other hand skimping and penny pinching may leave something of a sour taste in your mouth.
So, why not considering talking to professional wedding venues and seeing what sort of financial packages they have available? You might be surprised at what they can offer and it may prove to be the most viable way forward towards the dream wedding you have always desired.
It's worth thinking about and an initial phone call and inquiry will cost you nothing.