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Budget for your wedding

The average cost for a wedding is $22,000, according to The Knot, the largest online wedding site with about 1.3 million new couples registering each year. But a beautiful wedding doesn't have to stress your finances. Balance your idea of a dream wedding with what you can afford.

Start with a budget you can manage without help from your relatives. Decide on an amount so you know how much you will have to spend. And then, once you decide privately what you want, stick with it publicly.

No matter how much money you plan to spend, first, the two of you should decide what kind of wedding you want. This takes compromise, but helps you get a better picture of each other's values and priorities. Keep your budget in hand. It will help you decide on the party date, atmosphere and location down to the number of guests, food, entertainment and decorations to buy.

NEXT: Plan how to pay for your wedding

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