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Planning your dream wedding without breaking the bank

New Years means new wedding plans New Years means new wedding plans

2012 was a new year to remember and now more than two million people are getting married in 2013.

Experts say many engagements happen during the holiday season keeping planners busy despite the economy.

"I just grabbed him and hugged him and said yes," says a recently engaged Reva Burdette.

While the rest of the world was counting down to the new year Reva Burdette was saying "I Do" to her now fiance Steve Asimou who popped the question New Year's Eve.

"He got down on one knee and said the lyrics to a Kenny Chesney song. We're both really big country music fans and then he said will you marry me?" says Burdette.

Burdette is among many people who have recently gotten engaged on a memorable holiday.

"Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day are the biggest," says event planner and caterer Melissa Nelson.

Nelson is getting flooded with couples calling to reserve a wedding date. She runs the "Big Show" at the Fountain Bleau in Avon Lake.

"There were about six people who had called on January first. One was about 1:30 in the morning, so I think she immediately got on the phone and started calling," replies Nelson.

She says even in a tight economy couples find a way to make their wedding day special. They're smarter with their money and find ways to cut corners.

"A lot of bride's and grooms are paying for it themselves. They're in there later 20's and 30's and so they're being more cautious with what they're spending because it's not their mom and dads money," explained Nelson.

As for Burdette, she's still trying to catch her breath from the New Year's Eve proposal. She says she'll start planning for the wedding soon.

"I think you can do a lot of things and have it be really pretty without spending a crazy amount," said Burdette.

A dream wedding she says with the love of her life. "I'm just excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend," said Burdette.

Experts say the average wedding with about 150 guests can cost up to $40,000.

They say a lot of couples are opting for a Friday or Sunday wedding to cut down on the cost.

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