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Newspaper: More brides opting for affordable weddings

It appears that the recession has created a new wedding trend: sticking to one's budget.

While weddings, on average, cost approximately $22,000, some brides are finding ways to trim that amount almost in half by being flexible on the time of year and incorporating do-it-yourself projects for the wedding decorations and invitations, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Belinda Chang recently got married in March and told the news provider the banquet hall cut her a 20 percent discount for having her reception in early spring instead of the "prime summer season." Doing so helped the new bride come under her $15,000 budget at $12,000.

"We spent the money where I felt we should spend it," Chang said. "I really don't think people need to spend so much on a wedding."

Some companies are also allowing soon-to-be brides and grooms the ability to construct their own invitations, which can save money in the long run as well, according to the article.

Weddings and receptions are expected to bring in $56.8 billion nationwide this year, which is down from the $60.4 billion they brought in last year, states the Wedding Report.

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