Your Facebook Feed will confirm that we are nearing the the tail-end of the unofficial "engagement season," which loosely kicks off before the holidays. Now that you or one of your friends is engaged, it's time to think about the exorbitant costs of getting married.

The average cost of a wedding was $29,858 (N5,478,730 ), excluding the honeymoon, in 2013, according to's annual Real Weddings study released in March.

Paying for a wedding should never inhibit you from "living the life that you want," like buying a home or traveling, said Abby Larson, founder of website Style Me Pretty.

Here are Larson's tips to stay on budget: