Wedding planning on a budget

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How much does a wedding cost these days? When you include the engagement ring, photography, dress, honeymoon and flowers, the total can really add up…fast. On average, couples spend about $22,000 to make their wedding dreams come true.

Of course, you can spend as little or as much as you want—what you're really looking for is a memorable occasion that will carry you into a happy marriage. Financial planner Jean Chatzky teams up with wedding planners and recent brides to share money-saving secrets and splurge-worthy purchases.