Getting married is a legal, usually spiritual and oftentimes religious commitment between two people, but the ceremony and celebration has changed to accommodate a mobile population, the ever-growing social acceptance of diverse unions, economic challenges and a motivation to take new and creative approaches to traditional ways of doing things, making the business of marriage boom.
The time before marriage has changed in the past 50 or more years when the engagement may have lasted years as money was saved, dowriess accumulated, the ceremony plans put into place and furnishings for the future home gathered. Engagements in the last few decades are typically set one year ahead of the marriage date or conversely can last for decades.
Civil wedding ceremonies in New York state can be free except for the $40 license fee. The legal part of getting married can be done by a mayor, or village, town or county justice usually requiring only an appointment. Those who officiate during a wedding ceremony can charge or request a donation of about $25 and often more. From this basic starting point the list of details can become endless and having a plan is the single biggest time, money and sanity saver.
There is a variety of wedding cost websites to visit but for local couples. an interesting place to begin is www.costofwedding.com. The statistical site is designated according to zipcode/county and tracks the spending patterns of couples planning their wedding. For example, the average cost of getting married in Otsego County and in Delaware County are about equal. Once you access this or similar sites, you become aware of the amazing differences between low cost, average and expensive wedding venues. These differences in total expenses can be based on many, many factors and are simply a guide to understand the costs of getting married beyond the $40 wedding license.