The True Cost of a Wedding Knot

June 7, 2011

in Planning, Wedding Budget

Head over to Divine Caroline to see the true cost of a wedding! A few interesting statistics

  • June is the most popular wedding month (15% of couples marry in June)
  • The average wedding cost $27,000 in 2010 (excluding the honeymoon)
  • 24% of weddings are destination weddings
  • On average a wedding has 4 bridesmaids and 4 groomsmen
  • The average bride is 29 years old, the average groom is 31
  • The average number of guests is 141 (with $194 spent on each)
  • 14% of couples propose in December
  • The average engagement length is 14 months and 74% of couples live together prior to the wedding

The Bridal Budget:

  • Reception Venue $12,126
  • Catering $8,601
  • Engagement Ring $5,392
  • Reception Band $3,081
  • Photographer $2,320
  • Florist/Decor $1,988
  • Videographer $1,463
  • Ceremony Site $1,393
  • Rehearsal Dinner $1,127
  • Wedding Gown $1,099
  • Reception DJ $900
  • Wedding Day Transportation $667
  • Wedding Cake $540
  • Ceremony Musicians $503
  • Invitations $351
  • Favors $222

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet June 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

Skip the wedding , put the money towards retirement.

Marriage sucks! Big time for all !!!


Heidi June 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for stopping by Janet! I must say that marriage does not suck big time for all 🙂 I LOVE my husband and my marriage! If you find the right person a marriage can extend your life (if you are male) and increase the quality of it. You do have to find the right person though!

If a wedding is not important to you then by all means, put the money towards retirement! I am a firm believer in creating priorities and budgetting based on that. If your priorities do not include a wedding then you can skip it. However, if you start skimping on the things that are a priority then “budgetting” becomes being “miserly” and that is no fun!

I look forward to my retirement because I want to spend that time with my husband.


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