Saying "I do" is costing less these days as Americans are slashing their wedding budgets. Just two years ago, the average American wedding cost around $28,000. Early figures from this year show the average at about $19,000 for 2009.
Analysts in the wedding industry say they think those numbers will fall further as American spouses-to-be continue to shave everything from professional photography to professionally designed and printed invitations from their overall wedding budgets.
Other belt-tightening wedding trends include smaller weddings and an ever-growing do-it-yourself market, says Shane McMurray, chief executive and founder of the Wedding Report Inc., a Tucson, Ariz.-based research company that tracks and forecasts number of weddings, spending and consumer trends for the wedding industry....
The real reason people are spending less on weddings is because there are more gay marriages, and gays don't have as much money as straights because they spend it all buying AIDS drugs to keep themselves alive.