Wedding by the numbers

Dear Heloise: Recently on the news, I heard that the average price of wedding in America is $35,000! Just how many engaged couples have that kind of money to invest in their big day? — Carmon H., Trenton, Ohio

Carmon, weddings today have gotten very expensive, but there are ways to save money on your big day. Costs can be kept down by budgeting, trimming the guest list and settling for less show and more intimacy. Sometimes it’s not the bride and groom who want an elaborate wedding, but their families. Spend a little or spend a lot, you are just as married either way. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: Why do I need to destroy the labels on my medicine bottles? — Loretta C., Danville, Ill.

Loretta, this is to ensure your privacy and to prevent people from trying to refill your prescription for themselves. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: We put our home on the market after putting in new flooring, painting the exterior, replacing the dishwasher and scrubbing the house from stem to stern. However, none of the real estate agents want to list it for what we feel it’s worth. How do they determine a house’s worth? — Carolyn S., Prescott, Ariz.

Carolyn, it’s not that your renovations aren’t important – they are. However, prices are determined by market value, which is based on local data and comparable sales. Real estate agents usually know what price will entice buyers to look at your home and what buyers are looking for in homes today. We all value our homes because to us they hold memories, but you can’t place a price tag on those memories. — Heloise