In the midst of an economic downturn, many couples are scaling back their dream weddings in favor of more modest events. The Boston Globe explores the measures couples are taking to cut corners—now that the $27,800 budgeted for the average American wedding isn’t buying what it used to—from cheaper drinks and homemade invitations to moving weddings into their homes.
"They're getting laid off or their fiancé is getting laid off, and they're looking for not a reduced quality of services but what they can get for less," says one wedding planner. "Not that I want to say the romance is gone from it," she said, "but they're really having to look at the numbers,” comments another. (Read more wedding stories.)