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Our top 10 wedding stories of 2013

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Market research says there are more than 2 million weddings in the United States every year

The average wedding cost is $28,427, according to a survey by TheKnot.com

17% of couples get married in June, making it the most popular month for weddings

Las Vegas is the top wedding destination in the U.S.

CNN —  

We said we would, and you said, “I do!” CNN Living launched the Matrimony series in June, and we’ve been thrilled to see an exuberant response from readers, eager to see their own experiences reflected, pick up some expert tips and do a little celebrity gawking while they’re at it.

In 2014, we’ll be delving even deeper into the wedding trenches with stories on over-the-top receptions, the evolving etiquette for same-sex ceremonies, the emotional lead-up to getting hitched, planning a wedding with a terminally ill partner and so much more. But until then, thanks for taking this walk down the aisle with us, and here’s a little souvenir from the year in weddings.

The most clicked-on Matrimony stories in 2013:

10. The new wedding rules

If Martha Stewart says so, it must be true! Gone is the era of the cookie-cutter wedding; you can celebrate your own way. Forget the “have tos” and “shoulds” about nuptials. There are no hard-and-fast rules. Except one: Be a gracious bride and groom while letting your true style shine.

9. Wedding etiquette: To keep or to toss?

Good manners are always in style, but points of wedding etiquette can be safely wrapped up and tucked away in the attic without the world crumbling to dust and guests rending their garments and wailing. Matrimony editor Kat Kinsman took a look at traditional wedding practices from which we may now part.

8. I do … cost a lot: Weddings by the numbers

All you need is love, right? Sure, but a little cash can’t hurt, especially when it’s time to get hitched. Weddings are big business across the United States. Michelle Hall and Lizzie Jury of the CNN Library tallied up some quick stats on how money meets matrimony and the most popular places and ages at which to pledge your eternal devotion.

7. Plan a paw-sitively pet-friendly wedding