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How to Cut Wedding Costs

My colleague Erin Burt recently wrote about 20 Ways to Waste Your Money, and one reader wrote in to add her own suggestion: weddings. She argued that no couple should start their life together in debt by going overboard with an extravagant ceremony. We couldn't agree more.

Although the average cost of a wedding in 2009 is expected to be 6% less than a year ago, it still tops $20,000. But you don't have to dig yourself that deep into debt to make your nuptials fabulous.

In 6 Easy Ways to Save $10,000 on Your Wedding, Kiplinger's Personal Finance reporter Stacy Rapacon shares several cost-cutting tips she picked up while planning her own wedding. And she provides tips on haggling your way to a frugal ceremony in Wedding Bells on a Budget.