If you intend to tie the knot in the near future, you know what a massive financial commitment a wedding can be. The average cost of a wedding in the United States is just over $25,000, according to CostOfWedding.com, with most of them falling in the range of $19,000 to $32,000. Though the cost of your wedding will vary based on what part of the country you’re in and what kind of affair you plan to throw, the bottom line is simple: Weddings are expensive. Luckily, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner. You can slash the cost of your wedding by being prepared now.
The Big Picture
The showcase of a wedding is the bride herself, and nothing gets more attention than the dress she wears down the aisle. Fox Business reports that the average cost of a wedding dress runs around $1,100, but a shopping-savvy bride can knock as much as half off the cost of her bridal wear. Bridal companies offer scandalously low Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for brides who show up early to stores or promote their purchase on social media. Check the websites of the big-name wedding retailers for e-coupons.
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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
How many invitations do you need to order? Should the napkins match the candles? Do you have to have customized champagne flutes? Cut down on all the costs (and the headaches) of the minor details by taking care of them online on Cyber Monday.
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With the trend toward mobile, you can even take get deals on the go. Retailers like Macy’s are primed for mobile shopping, and many have created a litany of apps to help mobile shoppers (wedding-oriented or otherwise) cut down on the cost of everything from flowers to thank-you cards. Black Friday shoppers can use these apps to shop or make a wish list while standing in line, too.
Look For Coupons
There are thousands of websites across the Internet devoted to connecting consumers with coupons. If you’re marrying for a second (or third) time, in fact, you are statistically more likely to use e-coupons than a first-timer, according to an AdAge study that profiles the popularity of e-coupons among parents.
Blogs are a popular way to get the e-coupons that cut the cost of shopping into a fraction of what the price tag states, since bloggers are rewarded for hits and page views by the coupon manufacturers themselves. Make sure you read the reviews of some coupons first, however, to make sure that a too-good-to-be-true deal is legit.