If you’re planning to get engaged, it’s possible you have already dreamt of your big day. Café lights twinkle above an ocean of loved ones. Alcohol is free-flowing, and your favorite local band plays through the night. On Pinterest, everything feels within reach — until you crunch the numbers. Wedding expenses add up faster than you think, but that doesn’t mean you are required to break the bank.
“When you’re marrying the right person, you can plan a great wedding at any budget,” says Shannon O’Kelley, a Nashville-based luxury wedding designer and partner at Sage Nines. Her clients typically spend between $75,000 and $150,000, but she says you can have a memorable wedding on a lot less.