The average American wedding costs between $25,000 to $30,000. In major cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Miami, you're looking at upwards of $50,000 to $100,000, and even more most of the time.
What most people don't understand is with a little time, patience, and digging, any couple can have a beautiful wedding with all the fixin's for $10,000 and WAY less than that. My hubby and I had a 75 guest wedding complete with 4 hours reception, food, music, and cake for $4,500. We did a lot of things ourselves, bargain hunted, and had a good amount of help from family and friends pitching in. True, some brides and grooms don't have photographers or make up artists for friends and their mothers can't cook to save their lives, but that doesn't mean that you can't get away with getting something for way less.
Just hunt and pinch and save. DO NOT TAKE OUT A LOAN OR MAX OUT YOUR CREDIT CARDS FOR ONE DAY. This mistake is all too common and ends up biting you in the a$$. Only do what you can afford, period. Also, go to your local bookstore and check out a book called "Bridal Bargains." This book will save your life and your wallet.