Consumer Alert: Skip Pricey Springtime Nuptials for a Budget-Friendly Winter Wedding with New GoBankingRates.com Expert Guide

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Couples who have been planning the quintessential spring wedding may want to wait until the end of this year, as leading personal finance site, http://www.GoBankingRates.com, finds this peak wedding season means couples will pay a premium to get hitched. GoBankingRates speaks with industry experts and newlyweds to find the best tips for planning a low-cost winter wedding in its new guide.

Winter Wedding

Winter Wedding

A winter wedding does require a bit of flexibility when it comes to details like flowers and photo-ops, but can be just as aesthetically appealing as a spring wedding for a fraction of the cost.

An idyllic spring wedding is what many newly engaged couples are planning right now, but with an estimated six million marriage proposals popped this past Valentine’s Day alone, according to the American Express Spending and Saving Tracker consumer report, competition to book a ceremony may make it an expensive challenge. GoBankingRates spoke with wedding planning veterans and newlyweds to compose a new guide for planning a beautiful but budget-friendly winter wedding.

Robyn Bruns, owner and president of Red Letter Event Planning, told GoBankingRates that a winter wedding can be a good, low-cost alternative to a spring ceremony. "Many venues will offer off-season rates… some vendors will offer substantial discounts," Bruns said, explaining this is especially true in the inland northwest where winters are exceptionally slow.

However, because a winter wedding takes place in the off-season, it also requires the couple to be willing to make some compromises. Jennifer Calonia, GoBankingRates editor, advises, "A winter wedding does require a bit of flexibility when it comes to details like flowers and photo-ops, but can be just as aesthetically appealing as a spring wedding for a fraction of the cost."

View the complete expert guide to planning a low-cost winter wedding.

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About GoBankingRates

GoBankingRates.com is a national website dedicated to connecting readers with the best interest rates on financial services nationwide, as well as informative personal finance content, news and tools. GoBankingRates collects interest rate information from more than 4,000 U.S. banks and credit unions, making it the only online rates aggregator with the ability to provide the most comprehensive and authentic local interest rate information.

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Jaime Catmull, Director of Public Relations
GoBankingRates.com
JaimeC(@)GoBankingRates(dot)com
310.297.9233 x261

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Source: American Express, Valentine’s Day 2013: Couples to Spend, Knees to Bend, February 7, 2013.

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