Those planning a stag weekend away in the coming months will be more than aware of the costs involved in planning for their wedding, but the perfect ceremony need not cost the earth.
At least that is the opinion of Chiara Cavaglieri, who has claimed that couples can make substantial savings without compromising on style simply by cutting back on a few "unnecessary extras".
Writing for the Independent, she suggested that people looking to tie the knot should focus on what they really want from their big day and lay out a realistic budget before planning begins.
For example, expensive wedding cakes and sit-down meals can easily be substituted for chocolate fountains and buffets which are "usually much cheaper and just as enjoyable".
In addition, holding the reception in the large garden of a friend or relative can add a more personal touch to the occasion, as well as helping to save a packet compared to pricey specialist venues.
With their budget wedding sorted, prospective grooms might then turn to Bulgaria for the ideal cut-price stag night.
The country recently emerged as the cheapest holiday spot in Europe in the Post Office Holiday Costs Barometer.