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Weddings are more expensive than ever, but they don't need to be

Weddings are more expensive than ever, but they don't need to be. Guests and the bridal party can work together to make weddings less of a hassle and more of a pleasant memory.
Emily Hales, Deseret News Modified: August 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm •  Published: August 13, 2014
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The expected cost of a wedding makes many people resentful toward the idea of marriage, but the ceremony doesn't have to be a costly affair.

According to top wedding website TheKnot.com, the cost of the average American wedding is now $30,000. With 70 percent of college graduates having an average of $29,000 in student loan debt, according to CNN, the added cost of an extravagant wedding can be daunting for young couples.

For those couples who choose to go ahead and get married, they face social pressure to have a large and entertaining party.

Huffington Post reported: "Couples are more focused than ever on creating a unique, personalized and once-in-a-lifetime experience for their guests — plus they're doing so in a modern way, by planning from their smartphones, publicizing details on social media and more," Carley Roney, co-founder of The Knot, said in a statement.

The media is partly to blame for the bloated wedding price, according to Deseret News.

“Every time some pop star gets married and it’s all over the cover of People Magazine, it inspires more girls to have destination weddings," said Sandy Malone, a destination wedding planner. "Just like little girls emulate what they see, so do young women who are watching the stars.”

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