There’s no doubt about it, most weddings today are exorbitantly expensive. In 2011, the average wedding in the United States cost $27, 021! That’s a full year of college. It’s twice the cost of the typical down payment for a new home. Of course, we’re all familiar with the big ticket items that rack up the bills— opting for gourmet foods, the proverbial larks’ tongues in aspic; choosing a luxury venue like The Imperial Art Design Hotel or The Ritz Carlton; or going big and inviting 500 of your closest friends.