How To Save Thousands On Your Wedding

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
This story was originally published on June 30, 2015.

Getting married can be a ridiculously expensive fête. The average cost of a wedding is $31,213, according to The Knot. Whether you’re throwing an intimate, no-frills party or a luxe bash, there are certain things that will get you more bang for your buck.

We spoke with wedding planners and former brides alike to find out just where you can cut back, and what's worth the splurge. The tips that follow can help you save more than $5,000 on things that neither you nor your guests are likely to miss. If you happen to have a surplus in your budget (lucky you) and want to make sure it goes to something that will improve your wedding significantly, we’ve got suggestions for that, too.