Congratulations, you're getting married! Now hand over the credit card. Seriously. The average couple spent nearly $30,000 on their wedding in 2013, according to a survey by The Knot, surpassing even the high mark of $28,082 in 2008, before the recession. But there's no reason to take on massive amounts of debt as you begin your life together. The wedding budget can be kept to a minimum with some help from wedding websites and apps, many of which work in tandem.
"I think all brides should use an online wedding tool to help them budget," says Catey Hill, author of Shoo, Jimmy Choo! The Modern Girl's Guide to Spending Less and Saving More. "It's simply so much easier to have a computer program do the math than to try to write it all out yourself."
Couples need not waste precious dollars on budgeting and planning tools, either. The following online resources cost nothing and assist in nearly every aspect of the big day. No matter which ones you use, "the most important thing to remember is that you have to make a budget and stick to it," Hill says.