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Economy puts a strain on weddings

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

August 13, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Couples often spend thousands of dollars on their weddings. But with the struggling economy many of those couples are cutting back on their wedding plans. Most women would love to say money isn't an issue when it comes to their special day. But that usually isn't the case.  Thirty-three year old Hope Cannon is busy planning her wedding. The big day is November first. She's excited, but says she knew she had to watch her spending.

"Weddings can get as expensive as you want, or you can tone it down and keep it under budget," says Cannon.

And that's exactly what she did. She made a budget, and stuck to it. She set priorities. "There are things that are more important than other things. For me, I want my reception to be nice and music has always been a big part of my life, so I wanna put more money in my band,"she says. One of the purchases she tried to be reasonable with was her dress. 

Today with the economy the way it is, women aren't looking at the style or fit of the dress first they're looking at the price tag.

"Yes I definitely did, look at the price tag first," says Cannon.

Across town, Danny Reese, part-time event planner, DJ, and owner of Party Plus Wedding has some suggestions for couples looking at areas to cut back.

"Booking a DJ instead of a band. That will save you a lot of money, and making sure that your DJ kinda serves as the coordinator and such. You save a little bit there. Not spending a lot on food. I've seen a lot of weddings where they spend a lot of money on the food, and it just doesn't get eaten," says Reese.

Besides people saving money on weddings more are simply doing away with them all together. Workers at the Probate Court in Dougherty County say they hold two ceremonies a day.

But for others they still want the works. Which is why workers at local wedding stores say business is still OK. A recent survey says the average wedding costs around 30,000 dollars.

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