Average Wedding Cost is $28,400, But Couples Can Get Hitched for as Little as $4,835 According to New Report

The average wedding cost rose in 2012 to $28,427, according to a recent survey by The Knot. However, couples wondering how to budget a wedding can use a new report from leading personal finance resource to plan a nice event at a fraction of the average cost.

EL SEGUNDO, CA (March 17, 2013) – A new survey conducted by reveals that the average wedding cost was $28,427 for couples who married in 2012. That price tag may seem steep to many Americans, and with good reason – it’s nearly half of the national median family income of $62,273 as reported by the Census Bureau.

“The truth is a wedding doesn’t need to cost anywhere near $28,000 — a couple can definitely cut wedding costs and still celebrate their nuptials in style,” says GoBankingRates expert contributor, Stacey Bumpus.

The new GoBankingRates report itemizes the average wedding costs and provides a price range for each expense. The biggest-ticket items, the report finds, are the reception venue (including decorations), catering and a photographer. However, GoBankingRates explains where couples can cut costs on both large and small wedding expenses as they figure out how to budget a wedding.

“Sticking to the low end of expenditures, you can get away with a nice wedding that includes a lot of the major elements — most important being great food and music — for $4,835,” says Ms. Bumpus.

Learn How to Plan a Wedding for Under $5,000.

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