Interesting Wedding Statistics & Your Wedding

With a nod to research, interesting wedding statistics are not only, well, interesting— but they give some background and reference to wedding planning today.

In 2018 there were 2,201,772 weddings, 2.2 million in 2017, with the average cost per wedding at $24,723. The Knot gave the 2018 cost per wedding average at $33,391, further citing:

  • 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%

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


2017 National
Average Spend

2017 High

Overall Wedding (with ring,
excluding honeymoon)



Venue (reception hall)






Wedding/Event Planner



Reception Band



Reception DJ









Wedding Dress



Groom’s Attire and Accessories



Wedding Cake



Ceremony Site



Ceremony Musicians












Rehearsal Dinner



Engagement Ring



Catering (price per person)






How did the latest figures from 2018 relate to the previous year?

For a baseline, the average total wedding expenditure in 2013 was $28,427. The increase to $33,931 in 2018 ($5,504.00) was a solid jump. Looking at every category and comparing prices, there wasn’t a single segment of the wedding budget that showed the largest increase, the increases were largely shown in every category.

Well, you might be saying— that’s all very interesting but how does all of that relate to MY wedding????? To which we reply, every wedding is unique but knowledge is power!

Important Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Your wedding is YOUR wedding, you may spend more or less in total or in any particular category based on your budget and what is important to you. For example, you may choose to spend far less on transportation and wedding favors in order to spend more on your decor/photographer/florist/venue-
  • Every wedding market (region) is different, the price where you live -for say, a wedding cake, could be far different than the ‘average’. The price of that wedding cake may vary between where you live and where you are getting married.
  • Your budget will likely change a little (or a lot) as you go from that number on paper to moving into the real world of wedding planning.
  • Don’t let anyone sway you to make changes to your budget that you haven’t thought long and hard about.
  • Having a wedding planner is a very good way to not only reach an realistic working wedding budget, but to stick to one.
  • Invest in the areas of your day (or wedding weekend) that are the most important to you as a couple.
  • While reading information in publications and blogs (like ours), it is extremely important and beneficial to speak with wedding pro’s working in your wedding market as they will have more accurate information as well as practical & hands on wedding day experience.


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