06/28/2012 04:03 pm ET

Creative Ways To Save On A Wedding: LearnVest

When we showed you how Abigail Dalton planned her picture-perfect wedding for under $4,000, nearly 100 of you jumped in to share your tips, and we were blown away by all the ways you'd saved.

From Ellen, who made her own dress and served a DIY sundae bar as food at the reception (total cost of her wedding: $3,500) to "Shazzer" who had 50 guests in Key West for under $4,000, you all outdid yourselves ... but not your budgets.

And that's a beautiful thing—especially when the average price of a wedding has crept up to $27,000.

At LearnVest we believe you can throw a wedding worth remembering without breaking the bank. After all, it's a beautiful day—but it's one day out of your whole financial future together. (To ensure you live happily ever after, financially speaking, take our Getting Hitched bootcamp.)

In the meantime, to hear tips straight from real-life brides who said "I do" on a budget, whether they were getting hitched in Manhattan or throwing a three-day affair at a resort by a lake.



Creative Ways To Save On A Wedding