How to Throw a $5,000 Wedding

Two brides share their tips for keeping the costs of a ceremony, reception, dress, invitations and more under control.

Wedding guests celebrate a newly married couple's first dance
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A wedding can be an incredibly special event – and planning a wedding can be incredibly expensive too. The average cost in the U.S. is $31,213, according to TheKnot’s latest Real Weddings Study, and that doesn’t even include the honeymoon.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.