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Marrying During 'Wedding Season'

Most bridal shows and wedding expos are held in late winter to precede prime wedding season by a few months. This photo was taken at the China International Wedding Expo in Shanghai in February 2012.

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There were more than 2.1 million weddings in the U.S. in 2012, and on average each one cost $25,656, making the business of American weddings a $55 billion industry [source: The Wedding Report].

And 17 percent of those couples married in June, at least in the U.S., making it the most popular month in which to get hitched [source: Hall]. In fact, we have a season for weddings, June through October, (although it varies depending on local climate), which is typically when the weather is likely to cooperate with your event. But you often end up paying a premium for those days of good weather -- ah, the laws of supply and demand -- and tying the knot during peak wedding season may also mean steep prices. In fact, a wedding during peak months can cost as much as 20 to 30 percent more than an off-season ceremony [source: Deutsch].

Even if you absolutely must get married in June, consider working with what you can: For example, avoid booking your reception hall for 7 p.m. Saturday evening; it's notoriously the most-costly time to party [source: Money Allocator].

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