You've found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You're ready to take the incredible step of committing to each other forever. Here is where the fun begins...

Now it's time to plan the most expensive party of your life!

To be fair, not every wedding is expensive or needs to be. Weddings should be about celebrating the person you love the most with your friends and family, and not about how much money you spend. Whether you have a giant gathering or a small intimate celebration, I hope you enjoy your big day as much as I enjoyed mine.

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If I had known I could get married at this place, I could've saved a LOT of money! I challenge you to find something more romantic than saying "I do" and then immediately scarfing down an Original Grand Slam with extra pancakes.

Unsplash - Marta Serrano
Unsplash - Marta Serrano

You can get married at a Denny's in Las Vegas for only $199. This covers the cost of the chapel, a champagne toast, a wedding cake, and of course... a voucher for two Original Grand Slams.

According to The Knot, the national average cost of weddings in 2023 was $35,000. This was a $5,000 increase from the national average in 2022. I'm always curious about these "studies" regarding the costs of weddings. Who on planet Earth throws a $35,000 party? How can this possibly be the average?

Supposedly inflation in 2022 caused an increase in the costs of goods and services in the wedding industry.

If you've never planned a wedding before, your biggest costs are normally the venue and the food/drinks. Those two things can rack up your overall total wedding cost. I'd suggest saving your money, getting married at Denny's, and using the extra money to buy or build a house.

If you'd rather not throw a Vegas-style wedding...I get it. You can check out some of the best wedding venues in Iowa!

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