The average cost of a wedding in the US is between $19,000 and $33,000, but most couples spend less than $10,000, not including the honeymoon.There are many factors which make up these costs: from the bridal gown, to the rings, to the party favors, and the cake. Make a list of what is important to you and let the others go.
The internet has good planning sites, and your wedding director can save you lots of time and money with her ideas and expertise. The danger is overspending early in the planning stages, such as on a wedding gown, and having no budget remaining for the music or officiant. Once your budget is set, be realistic about vendors and fees. Country clubs are glamorous but they aren’t free, and guest gift bags are not necessary.
Your perfect wedding is what is perfect for you.