Wedding Hacks: Cut the Cost of Pricey Nuptials

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DALLAS, TX -- Chances are, if you’re planning a wedding, then you already know it: A trip down the aisle can really trip up your budget. The flowers, the cake, the dress; hey, it all adds up.

Yeah, a new study from The Knot might leave you in knots. The go-to wedding website reports the average cost of nuptials now runs $31,213! And that’s on the conservative end, folks.

'I do?' More like 'I don’t' wanna drop that much cash. So, what’s a bride to do?

Well, here are some wedding hacks that can help you hack the cost, courtesy of Martha Stewart; and we all know Miss Martha knows how to throw a party.

Her advice? Book a venue during the off-season – that’s January through March. The site says it can help you can save up to 15%.

Do stick with seasonal flowers – Martha also recommends using bigger buds; you can fill a bouquet with fewer flowers.

Don’t shutter at hiring a newbie behind the lens. Pics are pricey – give the novice a shot.

Use your iPod to solve the 'iCan’t afford a DJ' problem.

Keep in mind, friends, it’s not about how much you spend.  Remember, another study by two economic professors from Emory University showed the more couple spend on weddings, the more likely they would end in divorce.

Happy planning!

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