5.03.2019

What I've been up to lately? Wedding Planning. And interestingly enough, I've found the 'average' cost of a wedding to be pretty close to real life!



According to The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study, couples in the United States can spend an average of $33,391 on their wedding, with $9,520 of that spent on catering alone – excluding the wedding cake, which reportedly ranges from $540 - $1,097 on average.


Top 2017 Wedding Statistics

  • Average Wedding Cost: $33,391 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,944 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: New Mexico, $17,584 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,509
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29.2; Groom, 30.9
  • Average Number of Guests: 136
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14.0 months
  • Most Popular Months to Get Married: September (16%), June (15%) and October (14%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Ivory/Champagne (37%), Dark Blue (32%) and Gold (30%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 25%

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  1. New York – Manhattan: $76,944
  2. New Jersey – North/Central: $62,074
  3. New York – Long Island: $61,113
  4. New York – Westchester/Hudson Valley: $55,357
  5. Massachusetts – Cape Cod: $55,083
  6. Rhode Island: $52,777
  7. Illinois – Chicago: $52,332
  8. Connecticut: $47,435
  9. New York City – Boroughs Outside of Manhattan: $46,808
  10. Pennsylvania: Philadelphia/Delaware: $46,211
  11. California – Los Angeles: $44,142
  12. Louisiana – New Orleans: $41,167
  13. Massachusetts – Boston: $40,667
  14. Florida – Southern: $40,634
  15. New Jersey – South: $40,231
  16. DC-Washington DC/Northern Virginia/Suburban Maryland: $39,465
  17. California – San Francisco/Greater Bay Area: $39,329
  18. Hawaii: $38,984
  19. California – Santa Barbara/Ventura: $38,025
  20. California – Orange County/Inland Empire: $37,050
  21. Maryland – Baltimore: $36,305
  22. Michigan – Detroit: $35,843
  23. Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh/Southwest: $34,928
  24. California – San Diego: $34,722
  25. Illinois – Chicago Suburbs: $34,675

Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Get Married
Based on average cost of a wedding in 2017, couples spend the least on their weddings in the following areas in the US.

  1. New Mexico: $17,584
  2. Utah: $18,516
  3. Oregon: $20,652
  4. Montana: $20,814
  5. Iowa: $21,982
  6. Idaho: $21,987
  7. South Dakota: $22,107
  8. Ohio – Toledo: $22,171
  9. Oklahoma: $22,373
  10. Mississippi: $22,645

2017 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown
Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service.

Category
2017 National
Average Spend
2017 High
Spender
Spend($60k+)
Overall Wedding (with ring,
excluding honeymoon)
$33,391
$105,130
Venue (reception hall)
$15,163
$42,801
Photographer
$2,630
$5,130
Wedding/Event Planner
$1,988
$3,775
Reception Band
$4,019
$7,145
Reception DJ
$1,231
$2,300
Florist/D├ęcor
$2,379
$6,050
Videographer
$1,912
$3,214
Wedding Dress
$1,509
$3,158
Groom’s Attire and Accessories
$286
$463
Wedding Cake
$540
$1,097
Ceremony Site
$2,311
$2,966
Ceremony Musicians
$761
$1,249
Invitations
$408
$1,098
Transportation
$830
$1,388
Favors
$252
$488
Rehearsal Dinner
$1,285
$3,197
Engagement Ring
$5,764
$13,933
Catering (price per person)
$70
$154
Officiant
$284
$491

Notable Regional Differences

The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study can be broken down on a region-by-region basis across more than 80 markets. Regional highlights include:
  • Cost of Weddings: Manhattan, New York, and North/Central New Jersey, have the highest average wedding spend ($76,944 and $62,074, respectively), and New Mexico and Utah have the lowest average wedding spend ($17,584 and $18,516 respectively), excluding honeymoon.
  • Marriage Age: New York City accounts for the country’s oldest brides, with brides in the boroughs outside of Manhattan 33.2 years old on average, and brides from Hawaii 32.3 years old on average. UtahOklahoma and Central Illinois have the youngest brides (26.4 years), on average. The country’s oldest grooms can be found in New York City’s boroughs outside of Manhattan (35.4 years old) and Nevada (34.5 years old), and the youngest grooms are in Oklahoma and Iowa (27.8 years).
  • Engagement Length: Couples from Central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley/Poconos, Pennsylvania, have the longest engagements (17.85 and 17 months, respectively), while couples in Utah and Dallas/North TexasTexas, walk down the aisle a bit sooner after getting engaged (9.24 and 10.46 months, respectively), on average.
  • Wedding Size: Nebraska and Iowa couples have the largest number of wedding guests (212 and 206, respectively), and couples who tie the knot in Hawaii and Nevada have the smallest number of wedding guests (68 and 86, respectively).
  • Wedding Style: Montana and Hawaii weddings are more likely to be casual than any other region in the US (42% and 33%, respectively), while Long Island and North/Central New Jersey, have the most black-tie weddings (41% and 37%, respectively).
  • Wedding Dress Spend: Brides in Manhattan and Long Island spend the most on their wedding gowns ($2,504 and $2,347, respectively), while Lehigh Valley/Poconos, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico brides spend the least ($1,111 and $1,119, respectively).
  • Honeymoon: Couples from Louisiana (86%); Alabama (85%); Westchester/Hudson ValleyNew York (84%); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/Delaware (82%); and North Carolina (81%) are most likely to book a honeymoon, while couples in Wyoming (45%), North Dakota (48%) and Montana (48%) are least likely to book a honeymoon.
  • Gift Registry: Couples in Mississippi and St. Louis, Missouri, are most likely to register for wedding gifts (97%), while couples in New Mexico and New York City’s boroughs outside of Manhattan are least likely to register (67% and 68%, respectively).










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