(CNBC) Dreaming of the perfect wedding? Chances are, it's going to cost you.
Earlier this week, The Knot revealed the results of its eighth annual Real Weddings Study, and found the average cost of a wedding last year reached an all-time high of $31,213, excluding the honeymoon. It's the fourth consecutive year of gains, costing couples on average 4.5 percent more than the previous year.
"It's really all about personalization," said Kate Donovan, senior wedding style editor at Brides.
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But personalization comes with a cadence of credit card bills. From finding the right venue to landing the perfect dress, click ahead for a list of where all that money is going.