Wedding Industry Statistics
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2011 Wedding Statistics
Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $65,824 average spend
Least Expensive Place to Get Married: West Virginia, $14,203 average spend
Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,121
Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 30
Average Number of Guests: 141
Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4-5
Average Number of Groomsmen: 4-5
Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
Most Popular Month to Get Married: September (15%)
Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (30%), Purple (25%), Green (24%)
2011 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown
Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon): $27,021
Wedding Venue (reception hall): $12,116
Wedding/Event Planner: $1,753
Reception Band: $3,122
Reception DJ: $929
Wedding Photographer: $2,299
Wedding Dress: $1,121
Wedding Cake: $535
Ceremony Site: $1,599
Ceremony Musicians: $536
Rehearsal Dinner: $1,078
Engagement Ring: $5,130
Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service.
Top 20 Most Expensive Places to Get Married
Based on average wedding spend in 2011, these are the areas around the US where couples spend the most on their wedding.
1. NYC (Manhattan): $65,824
2. Chicago, IL: $53,069
3. NY Metro (Long Island, Hudson Valley and NYC Outer Boroughs): $50,087, $46,560, $40,356
4. Northern/Central NJ and Southern NJ: $46,600, $38,103
5. Rhode Island: $41,307
6. Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA, and Los Angeles, CA: $37,823, $37,690
7. Philadelphia, PA: $37,014
8. Boston, MA: $35,560
9. Southern Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas): $34,465
10. Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland: $34,203
11. Connecticut: $33,789
12. Baltimore, MD: $32,702
13. Northern, CA, San Diego, CA, and Orange County/Inland Empire, CA: $32,261, $30,482, $29,826
14. Hawaii: $31,461
15. Pittsburgh, PA: $29,703
16. Louisiana: $28,790 *New to Top 20 List in 2011
17. Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, and Austin/San Antonio, TX: $28,717, $27,459, $27,735
18. California/Nevada (Sacramento, Tahoe and Reno): $28,028
19. Lehigh Valley/Poconos, PA: $27,339 *New to Top 20 List in 2011
20. Detroit, MI: $27,017 *New to Top 20 List in 2011
After the Vows...
72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding Is the entertainment.
65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey.
*These statistics were published in St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine in 2003. Sources include: Simmons, 2001; USA Today, 2002; National Bridal Service, 2001; The Knot, 2002; Brides Magazine, 2001.