It is still possible to have a fantastic wedding during a bleak economy.
Here's a few tips from New York wedding planner Lisa Light on how to save money on traditional and destination weddings:
Ask friends and family to participate more in the preparation, ceremony and reception. This also makes the wedding more personal.
Reuse and recycle. Check out second-hand dresses. Transport your wedding flowers to be used at the reception, too, or consider borrowing table decorations.
Look at offseason and midweek weddings. Saturdays are pricey, so opt for a Friday or Sunday. Getting married offseason can cut a destination wedding price.
Invite fewer guests. This also creates a more intimate wedding.
For a destination wedding, choose a resort where you feel comfortable so you don't need to hire a wedding planner.
Look into getting hitched on a cruise. Cruises offer deals, and waiting to book the trip often gets couples a better price. Food is included.