The number of couples who married between 2009 and 2010 saw a further decrease from previous years. For all the theories that are advanced towards the relevance of marriage in modern times, the reduced volume of wedding ceremonies is perhaps most influenced by the global economic downturn. With the cost of an average wedding estimated at $20,000, many couples deem it irresponsible to spend that sum of money on one single event in such precarious financial times.
With couples also unwilling to compromise on their specific wedding plans, they are left with the decision to whether to defer their wedding until a later date, or concoct creative solutions to reduce cost without losing quality. Their latter option requires much research, innovation and dedication, but through the application of such qualities it is possible to make a wedding day more affordable and appropriate to the times.