Anchor Intro: Getting married is a joyous occasion, but can also be a costly one. Bankrate.com has some tips on how to get hitched and still have money left over for the honeymoon.
Voice over 1: Next to a new house or having kids, the most expensive part of getting married is the wedding itself. According to the Conde Nast Bridal Group, the average wedding last year cost nearly $28,000. But not everyone plans on spending that much.
SOT: "I'm a graphic designer, so I'll be designing my own invitations and other little things for the wedding. And also I was thinking about ordering flowers online instead of going to a floral store."
SOT: "If we don't need it, we don't get it. And instead of getting a cake by a designer, we can go to Publix and say, hey, this is the cake we want, can you make it? It's not all about the name."
Voice over 2: Both these brides are also finding out who their friends are -- they're people that not only can help with things like pictures, music and flowers, they want to.
SOT: "It comes out more beautiful because everyone has a piece of themselves in the wedding with a little part of it so it becomes that much more special to all of us."
Voice over 3: There are lots of ways to save on weddings. A park instead of a hall, having it early when people eat and drink less, avoiding Saturdays in June when prices are highest, choosing a vintage dress, dancing to your own tunes with an iPod instead of a DJ.
SOT: "You just set up all your songs on a playlist and you can save a lot more money that way too."
Standup: Consider this: Put the average cost of a wedding on a 12 percent credit card, and you'll be paying more than $900 a month for the next three years. The vow says till death do you part -- not till debt do you part. For Bankrate.com, I'm Kristin Arnold.