The average cost of a wedding in America is $33,931, according to The Knot.
But after a woman was determined not to go into debt while planning her own wedding, she found a way to keep her big day way under the national average — saving over $30,000.
According to ABC 11, Ashley Hicks got married to her now husband on June 8. Her husband, who works in finance, was also adamant about not going into debt because of a wedding.
So she turned to wedding planner Natalie Duncan, who suggested that Hicks use Amazon for all of her wedding planning needs.
And that’s exactly what she did.
Hicks told ABC 11 that she would find what she liked in stores and then looked for something similar on Amazon. She then relied on the reviews left by other customers before purchasing an item through the website:
“We bought my dress, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, their shoes, their jewelry, my husband’s suspenders, all the groomsmen’s gifts-except bowties, our table settings, and the plates, it was a long list. We had about 150 guests, and I probably spent about $3,000 total including our food, all the attire, decorations, everything.”
Hicks said that by trying on dresses in stores before searching on Amazon for something similar saved her thousands.
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In the end, she opted for a custom-made dress that cost her just $99:
“I knew what I wanted and I wanted mermaid, I wanted lace. […] I paid $100. Technically, it was $99, but I paid 100 and I think a few cents for tax. She was like, ‘OK it will be here in two weeks.’ It came, I put it on, and it fit perfectly.”
She said the dress was everything she wanted and so was her wedding.
In fact, Hicks said she will use Amazon from now one when it comes to putting on big events, and she would recommend others try it as well.
As the blushing bride told ABC 11, “debt isn’t the only option.”