According to the U.S. Census, about 10% of all marriage proposals occur on Valentine’s Day. For many of these couples, the wedding planning begins on February 15. Weddings are generally one of the first big expenses in a couple’s financial life together. According to a 2014 survey by TheKnot.com, North/Central New Jersey is the third most expensive area in the U.S. to get married ($51,287, including honeymoon) behind Manhattan and Long Island ($86,916 and $57,343, respectively). The Lehigh Valley also made the list at number 18 ($34,488).
Since wedding planning can be a stressful time for the couple and their families alike, here are 10 tips and strategies for easing the financial burden and related stress associated with planning your wedding:
Getting to the big day without breaking the bank might seem like an impossible task, but with a few smart steps, you'll ensure your bank account will remain as strong as your love for each other.