7 Offbeat Ways Couples Celebrated Marriage Without a Pricey Wedding (PHOTOS)

couples skip weddings and spend money on trips, debtWho doesn't love a splashy wedding reception? You know, the kind with the ice swans and the huge price tag? As much fun as they are, some engaged couples are opting to skip the traditional walk down the aisle and big party to put their money toward other pursuits.


Let's face it: As memorable as they are, wedding receptions cost a bundle. How much exactly? According to a survey of 13,000 brides and grooms conducted by TheKnot.com, couples in the US spent an average of $29,858 on their weddings in 2013 -- an all-time high.

Rather than cough up wads of cash for an event that's over in the blink of an eye, some couples are prioritizing other desires. Whether it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or a more practical approach, we found seven couples who shared what they chose to do with their would-be reception money. See if any of these seem more appealing than listening to your best man give a rambling toast as your sea bass gets cold!


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