10 Biggest Wedding Expenses


The Rings

What's a wedding without the rings? Wedding rings serve as symbols of your love and commitment, and they'll also (with a little luck) remain on your fingers for the rest of your lives. With this level of significance, it's no wonder that couples spend more than $2,000 just for simple wedding bands. This price can go even higher if those bands feature diamonds or other precious stones. (Of course, this is pennies compared to the cost of the engagement ring, which averages nearly $6,000. However, most industry experts don't count the engagement ring as a wedding expense since it's typically paid for out of a separate budget.)

While costs for standard jewelry-store designs are staggering enough, some couples choose custom-designed rings, which can send costs soaring even higher.