Did you know the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is between $25,000 and $30,000?! Of course this amount varies based on where you’re living, how many guests you’re looking to invite, and the venue, among many many other details.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you stick to your budget (whatever that may be), and to let you splurge on those can’t-live-without details to create the wedding of your dreams!

Dress to Impress

Of course, the bride will want to buy her dream dress. It’s a must. Check out designs from previous seasons. They’ll be discounted, but they’re still in perfect shape for the special day!

Also keep in mind that the dress isn’t the only wedding outfit that costs money. Your service member will have their dress uniform. That means, if they choose to wear it, there’s no need to rent or buy new formal wear!

Base Chapel and Other Great Venues

Most of the time, base chapels are free. Check with your base Chaplain’s Office to get more details.

If you’re looking for a more outdoorsy event, talk to friends and family to try to find someone who owns or has access to an open, scenic landscape.


Look around for MilSpouse photographers and videographers in your community. They’re more likely to give you a good deal in order to get an edge over the larger photography businesses in the area, and they’ll probably understand what types of pictures you’re looking for considering they’re also living the Military lifestyle!

Always Ask About Additional Military Discounts!

If you’re about to marry into Military life, this super-simple and valuable piece of advice could save you a good amount of money. When looking for your dress, wedding rings, venues, hotel rooms for guests, and practically everything else, ask if there’s a Military discount. It never hurts to ask, right!? There are even special discounts for Military honeymoon packages.

Space-A Honeymoons

Speaking of honeymoons, as newlyweds, if you’re looking for an affordable plan for your honeymoon, Space-A will definitely save you some serious cash. But, you’ll have to be flexible. Flights and availability can be unpredictable, and you’ll have to arrive at the airport early to check on availability with the ticketing counter. Check out some extra information regarding Space-A flights.

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