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My future husband and I got engaged in 2017 and bought a house in 2018, which was also the year I finished school with student loans to pay. We had huge financial burdens, but we didn't want to put off getting married -- despite the daunting costs.

Though the average couple spends $29,000 on their nuptials, according to WeddingWire, we were determined to throw a wedding on a $10,000 budget.

And we succeeded.

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