ways to save on your wedding

The average cost of a wedding in 2017 was $33,391, and based on the past few decades, that number is only going to rise. The expense has turned what should be a happy time for the engaged couple and their families into a time of stress and penny-pinching. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get those costs down and still end up with a wedding you’ll love. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Don’t Rush

While you may want to get married quickly, make sure you’ve left plenty of time to get your ducks in a row. If you’re only giving yourself a few months to prepare, you’ll have less time to research venues and vendors and fewer options to choose from, forcing you to take what you can get.

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Written by The Motley Fool, Fox Business