You can have a beautiful ceremony, reception and honeymoon for $3,000-$5.000 but the average cost is $25,000 to $30,000. I always tell my brides if they also are looking to buy a house at the same time your trying to plan a wedding it will not work. You either do one or the other, not both at the same time. If you want to plan yourself that's fine but a planner can and will save you more money than you think. Everyone thinks planners are expensive and can not be in the budget but the opposite is true. That is if you interview planners and don't just pick the first one you find. True, there are some planners that charge a lot and there are those who say they have experience and then you find out at your wedding they don't. When you think about a planner, they should save you time, stress and headaches along with money. A good planner will also recommend vendors that will fit your personality and style instead of the most expensive because they know you will go over your budget anyway. Now I am not trying to offend any planners,consultants,coordinators,venue planners or their managers who might be here along with myself on Yahoo Answers. If you've been in the business vendors and venues alike know what I am talking about. Brides really do need to see the real picture of the industry and how they can really save time, headaches and money along the way. The easiest way to keep costs down is to make a realistic budget, write down your needs and then fill in with wants, remember to have deposits as part of your budget and please think about when you go dress shopping that your not wearing the designer label down the aisle, its the dress your guests will see and how beautiful you are as a glowing bride in it.