This food truck is for sale for $34,000 on Washington area Craigslist. (Craiglist) This is an 8 percent increase from the 2015 average of $32,641. Thats a national average,witha lot of variation acrossthe country. According to the Knots study of 13,000 heterosexual couples who married in the United States last year, the most expensive place to get hitchedis Manhattan, with the average wedding there costing $78,464; and the most affordable spot is Arkansas, at an average of $19,522. The survey found that, on average, abrides parents cover 44 percent of the overall wedding budget; the couple contribute 42 percent; andagrooms parentspay for 13 percent. However, 10 percent of couples pay for their weddings entirely on their own. Last year on Solo-ish, we brainstormed five things you could get for about the same price as a wedding: a boat, a trip around the world, two years of graduate school tuition, one year of college for 10 women in Africa or 82,000 meals for people in the Washington area.Were keeping that tradition alive with six new ideas of how to spend $35,000 if you were to forgo a wedding altogether. 1) Food truck: $34,000 This food truck is for sale for $34,000 on Washington area Craigslist. (Craiglist) Some couples rent food trucks as a low-cost catering option at their weddings . However, an entrepreneurial couple could buy their own food truck for the price of a wedding. This Craigslist posting in the D.C.

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A complete listing of participants can be found at http://www.wadsworthmansion.com. RSVP to events@wadsworthmansion.com or 860 347 1064. Executive Director, Deborah Moore, stated that after a fabulous 2016 wedding season she is extremely optimistic about the 2017 and 2018 wedding season. Moore stated that brides are planning further in advance then in the past. Half of the Saturdays in the 2018 wedding season are already booked and there is only limited availability in 2017. Couples really enjoy having the flexibility to create a very unique and personal day instead of being restricted to a venues list of wedding professionals which is a business model that many venues are following. We like giving our brides and grooms the freedom to select who they want, she said. Flower, garden show set for Feb. 23-26 in Hartford HARTFORD >> A wide variety of topics will be presented by horticulturists and other types of experts at the 36th annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show on Thursday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd.

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