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Study: Wedding bells break the bank more than ever

OKLAHOMA CITY – For many couples, their wedding day is one of the most important days of their lives.

According to a new national survey, folks are willing to spend quite a bit of money for their special day.

Robyn Martin, wedding planner at The Wedding Belle, said, “The national average that people are spending on weddings is about $30,000.”

That is reflected through a new survey, released by The Knot, who questioned more than 13,000 brides and grooms.

Martin has planned some of the most extravagant weddings in the state.

Her most expensive wedding was just under $300,000, while other weddings she plans can go as low as $20,000.

When it comes to price, Martin says the number of guests is a huge part of the cost.

“The weddings that we work on, the average is 250 but I’ve had almost 700 guests at a wedding,” Martin said. “Everything is tied. The more guests you have, the more centerpieces you need. The more food and beverage you need. The more transportation you need.”

Allyssa Banks, a bride-to-be, said, “I think it’d feel weird not to have sticker shock at first because you don’t expect what everything costs, but you still feel where the value comes from.”

According to The Knot, the top three costs of a big wedding include the price of the venue, decorations and the wedding dress.

Organizers say the average price for a venue is $13,000, the average price for decorations is $2,000 and the wedding dress averages about $1,200.

To learn more about the study, visit The Knot’s website.