Weddings Offer Chance to Splurge Despite Recession

Weddings have even spawned new industries: wedding-themed blockbuster movies such as "Wedding Crashers" and "Bride Wars," reality TV shows like WEtv's "Bridezillas" and TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress," bridal magazines and wedding websites, to name a few.

Roney believes that in the end, this all works out in the bride's favor: "More choice, more talent out there kind of competing with one another to provide an incredible service at a reasonable price."

The Cost of Getting to 'I Do'

So how do people afford these elaborate weddings without going bankrupt in these troubled times? Roney explained that judging from her website's survey results, people are reaching out more to friends and family members for financial help.

"[Couples are] staying engaged for longer so they have more time to save up the money," Roney said. "They're also asking more people to pitch in, so the bride's parents and the groom's parents and the couple are all pitching in together."

A Huge Bash, a Small Ceremony or Destination Wedding, Couples Still Want to Mark the Event

But not every couple is willing to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for their big day, and many have found ways to slash huge wedding costs. Instead of a grand affair, some couples invite an intimate group of friends and family to a small ceremony or plan a destination wedding.

"What they're not willing to do though, is give up the event in its entirety," Roney stated. "We don't find a lot of people just running to city hall and just having lunch with their family for their wedding. They want to have an event."

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