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Your wedding day might be the happiest day of your life, but it's also one of the most expensive.

And while no one wants to scrimp and save on what should be a special day, that doesn't mean you can't make more of whatever money you have.

So to help, we've taken a look at the places you can save money without it hurting the experience, the expensive costs that can be cut and the best ways to pay for it all.

Planning your day

You only need two things to get married or enter a civil partnership, a willing couple and a registry office.

But a wedding is so much more than that, often seeing hundreds of people involved - from guests to bands to chefs and florists.

So here's some help in putting it all together and what you need to get sorted out first.

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What to spend on

It's a day you'll remember for the rest of your life - and the pictures might well last longer than that.

But memories aren't made by spending money, they're made from the moments, interactions and experiences of everyone involved.

So we've rounded up what people are currently spending on weddings, what the best ways to save up for yours are and some tips and tricks to let you afford more of what you want.

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How to save for a wedding

From the dress and suits to the canapes and cake, weddings are an expensive business and no matter what you have planned you’ll need a savings plan to pay for it.

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Paying for it all

What's the best way to pay for a wedding - and how do you make sure that outlay's protected?

In this section we go through your options when it comes to funding and the best ways to protect your investment.

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Nothing says ‘I will love you forever’ like a prenup. But with 42% of marriages ending in divorce, they could be sensible. We explain all.

  • What are prenups? - Prenups are legal documents drawn up before you get married that lay out who will get what if the marriage fails. Civil partners can also use these agreements, which are known as pre-registration agreements.

  • Who needs a prenup? - While the super-rich have the biggest incentive to use a prenup, they can help mere mortals too. Prenups essentially work for any couple who want to protect assets they have before they get married, or if they expect to come into some money - from an inheritance for example. Or you may have children from a previous relationship and may not want them to lose out financially if this marriage ends.

  • Are prenups actually legal in the UK? - Currently, prenups are not legally binding. However, courts are taking them seriously where they have been written properly, with specialist legal advice, and there are plans to change the law to allow them (if they’re properly written). Which means, in effect, they work already.

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The big day itself

Months of planning, stress, spending, organising and more all lead up to a single day.

But that doesn't mean it's too late for a sneaky extra bill or a far more serious problem to rear it's head.

These are the things to watch out for, and what to do if it goes wrong.

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We take you though what happens after the event is done - from honeymoons to tax planning.

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The latest research and reports from the team at money.co.uk

The team at money.co.uk don't just work to help you understand the costs and spending traps when it comes to weddings, we also conduct our own research and reports.

These cover everything from what people are planning to wear, where (and when) they're looking to get married and which celebrity has the most wedding ring bling.

Here are some of our favourites:

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