Clearly the Clinton’s could afford to spend the millions on their daughter’s weekend wedding. However, Chelsea’s ceremony may have more in common with everyday brides than you think.
According to the Wedding Report the average cost of a wedding increased 21.9% in the first half of this year from $19,581 to $23,867.
This group surveyed 3,429 couples who either got married in early 2010 or spend money for a wedding to happen either this year or next year.
Real Simple, one of my favorite magazines, has put together some helpful hints for ways couples can save money.
My husband and I have been invited to a few weddings this summer and I’m amazed how much has changed. Couples now send out “save the date” notices on top of invitations. (Couldn't you just send the invitations our earlier?) The bride and grooms seem to have destination bachelor and bachelorette parties. (I would have much rather spent the extra money on my honeymoon.)
It makes me grateful I got married more than a 13 years ago. My parents helped make that day so special. However, we did look for ways to save.
When it came to my dress – I picked out the one I loved and then found it selling for half the cost at an outlet. Instead of paying extra to get sugar made flowers on the cake, we added real flowers. We were so fortunate to have our good friends as our videographer and photographer, so we saved lots of money on the pictures and the video. We also kept the guest list small enough that we could enjoy spending time with everyone and still have our favorite people around us.
It’s a day I’ll forever cherish and one my family still remembers fondly. But I’ll be honest, no one will remember or even talk about your flowers, your center pieces even the cake. At the end of the day what you'll remember is having fun surrounded by the people you love most.