Angie's List: Finding middle ground when planning a wedding

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LEWISTON, ID - The dress, cake, flowers, and invitations…When you add it all up - including the honeymoon, the average wedding costs almost $30,000!

In today's Angie's List report, how to pull off your big day without breaking the bank.

"We've got a mortgage, we have student loans, so staying on budget is very important to us," said engaged couple, Brian Blume & Jill Zook. "We have had to get creative on how to do that, but we are making it work. While we want a nice wedding, we also want a nice life, so finding that middle ground."

"The ways they can save money is basically using a Friday or a Sunday as their wedding day," said Wedding Planner, Marie Frey. "The venues typically charge less on those particular days. They can cut back on their guest list. Each guest that they invite is going to have a dollar amount associated with them so if they can cut back on that, that's a big help. And then sometimes just having a smaller bridal party that can help them also."

"A wedding planner may actually make sense especially if you're not finding yourself to be highly organized because it is really important," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "It's a big event. Also a wedding planner can come in handy when you are reading through contracts. They might end up saving you money because they know how these contracts are supposed to read and they might catch things you could miss."

"I've been to enough weddings and seen enough of brides literally running around in their wedding dress freaking out directing traffic an hour before their wedding and I didn't want that," said Zook.

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding, but you don't know where to start or what to focus on first, be sure to check out the Angie's List wedding checklist: