Affordable aisle

Brides say ‘I do’ to style and charm without breaking bank

Posted: February 22, 2018 at 4 a.m.

Courtesy photo/MICHAEL DRAGER The peanut butter and jelly buffet Lauren Ethridge and her husband Anthony served at their wedding reception was a huge hit -- and the perfect companion to the rustic beauty of the lodge at Lake Wedington Recreational Area in Fayetteville, managed by the U.S. Forest Service.
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Courtesy photo/MICHAEL DRAGER The peanut butter and jelly buffet Lauren Ethridge and her husband Anthony served at their wedding reception was a huge hit -- and the perfect companion to the rustic beauty of the lodge at Lake Wedington Recreational Area in Fayetteville, managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Every year, the popular wedding website The Knot releases an annual poll detailing the national and state-by-state averages of costs of weddings. If you haven't planned a wedding in a decade or two, their findings might astound, so hold on to your hats: In 2016, the national average was just more than $35,000. Arkansas has the lowest average wedding cost, but at just under $20,000, it's still a sum that could pay for new car or a down payment on a house.

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