One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the challenge of reining in costs. Last year, 45 percent of couples said they busted their budget, while 23 percent said they didn't even have a budget to begin with.
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Peggy Duncan, whose then 22-year-old daughter, Katie, was married at a mansion in Castalian Springs, Tennessee, in May, said she and her husband began saving for college and weddings for their eight children back in 1993. Since Katie was the last to get married, she felt a bit more free with her budget, but still wanted to keep spending in line.
Duncan said her daughter found a number of ways to cut back on expenses. They included getting married about 35 miles outside of Nashville because it was less expensive than in the city; opting for comfortable rhinestone sandals instead of heels; and having her mother make her veil. All in all, she estimates the wedding cost about $25,000.
"She was pretty good at cutting costs and being willing to do different things to save," Duncan said.
That includes bartering. Duncan's husband Craig performs in a dance band and he worked out a deal with a photographer to swap services. Craig performed in the photographer's daughter's wedding in exchange for photos of Katie's nuptials.
As always, the cost of getting married varied greatly by location. Utah was named the least expensive place to be wed, at an average price of $15,257.
Manhattan once again topped the list as the most expensive place to be married, though the cost dropped by about $10,000, to an average $76,328. Sivajee attributed this "discount" to brides finding ways to cut costs, such as holding the ceremony on a Friday or a Sunday—two options that are less expensive than a traditional Saturday ceremony.
This was the eighth year The Knot conduct its study. It surveyed 16,000 brides and grooms across the U.S. who were married last year.