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Budget breakdown: The cost of tying the knot


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The price tag for wedded bliss

It's hard to put a price tag on eternal bliss. But if you had to, the wedding experts at The Knot would place it somewhere in the ballpark of $33,000.

The one-stop advice shop for all things wedding released its ninth-annual Real Weddings Study on Tuesday, which found that the average cost of a wedding (excluding the honeymoon) rose for the fifth-straight year in 2015, to $32,641. That's up more than $1,400, or 4.5 percent, from the prior year.

Nearly every category notched an increase. In terms of overall dollars, the reception venue, reception band and ceremony site saw the biggest year-over-year gains. As for percentage growth, the ceremony musicians, ceremony site and wedding dress experienced the most severe inflation.

Only one category tracked by The Knot cost brides less in 2015: Party favors.

"Every wedding is this bespoke, personal expression," said Mike Steib, CEO of The Knot's parent XO Group. "Overall the day has become much more expensive."

Keija Minor, editor-in-chief of Brides magazine, attributed this shift toward personalization to two key factors: Millennial couples' craving for unique experiences, and the prevalence of images from other peoples' weddings on social media.

"No one wants to have a wedding that their college roommate had and that everybody saw on Instagram already," she said.

To see brides' biggest budget busters, click ahead.

—By CNBC's Krystina Gustafson
Posted 5 April 2016

Dollar figures at the top of each slide are from The Knot's Real Weddings Study, which surveyed nearly 18,000 U.S. brides and grooms who were married in 2015.

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