The Real Deal: Wedding costs are climbing. Here's how to save.
Summer is the time for weddings. Like many things, weddings are costing more and more.
News 12's Kristie Reeter talks to an expert from The Knot to break down the affordable trends they are seeing.
Caleb Silver, or Investopedia, says the cost of a wedding is up a couple thousand dollars from last year.
"The wedding dress is up 21.4%, flowers are up 12.7%, wedding cake it up 11%, and a photographer will cost you an additional 8.2% this year," Silver says.
According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in New York State is $49,400.
The number also factors in the engagement ring along with the ceremony and venue.
Esther Lee, the deputy editor of The Knot, says that one way to save is to explore weekday weddings.
When it comes to the dress, "people should go to bridal salons because these bridal salons are experts. The stylists are experts on the ground and they are able to fit and match budgets," Lee says.
And as you pick out the cake and flowers, think about alternatives to save.
Lee also says couples should lay out their top three must haves as they lay out the budget.