That's because both entertainers recently became engaged to be married. News of the younger Spears sporting an engagement ring first appeared on People.com (TWX), which also broke the news about Evans. "She's got an engagement ring," a source close to Spears said. "She's been showing it off."
Are you recently engaged? You may be one of the two million couples expected to tie the knot this year. Planning for your big day can be a thrill. However, the average cost of a wedding is about $25,000, according wedding website The Knot. If you are not making a star salary, you can still plan a beautiful wedding that won’t drain your bank account, provided you plan in advance.
“Don’t do anything before you know your budget,” says Christa Vagnozzi, a senior editor at the Wedding Channel. This is the most important step in the wedding planning process because it sets limits. When creating a budget, start by determining what matters most. If you’re a foodie, you might allocate more money for the menu. If you want the paparazzo treatment, the photographers might be the big budget item.
Just remember: When collecting budget estimates, avoid general numbers such as those found online. Instead, talk to your florist, caterer, or planner to get actual figures about what they will charge you, says Connie Olsen Kearns, owner of the Bridal Network.
“While some brides don't mind spending $5,000 on that gorgeous Vera Wang dress, another bride is looking for that spectacular reception site that will keep guests spellbound,” says Abby Adeniyi, owner of Oasis of Elegance, a wedding planning company based in Upper Marlboro, Md. Pay special attention to areas that can cover more than one budget line: A venue with a “view might require less decorating," and cut costs on floral arrangements, says Kearns.