CNNMoney.com wrote an article about the impact of our economic crisis on weddings. It says that the average cost of weddings is down by about $6,000.
It also includes the personal stories of nine different couples impacted by the recession.
The other day I was stuck in a CVS for about 45 minutes (don't ask me why), so I decided to read Suze Orman's newest financial advice book: 2009 Action Plan. The format is Q&A, so I was able to skim it pretty quickly.
In one of the sections, she argues vehemently that people should keep themselves out of credit card debt, even when planning weddings. Credit cards are only financially responsible if you can pay them off in full each month. Otherwise, you're paying money to use your money. She reminds us that the people we love will not be measuring our love by how much we spend on our weddings. (The people who would judge us just shouldn't be invited in the first place.)
It's completely possible to make weddings meaningful and memorable with sincerity and heart rather than money.