There’s no doubt weddings are expensive, especially if you live in the U.S. A recent report shows that the average cost of a U.S. wedding has climbed to $27,021. And that’s just an average!
It also doesn’t include the honeymoon. Gulp! Unsurprisingly, New York spends the most in the country, with an average cost of $65,824. Chicago came in second with weddings costing $53,069. Detroit spent $27,017, while West Virginians were the most cost-conscious, shelling out $14,203, the least expensive location in the country. The venue generally accounts for 50% of a bride and groom’s budget, and the average cost per guest is $196 with weddings averaging about 140 guests.
The study found that, on average, brides paid about $1,100 for their dress, had four to five bridesmaids, and were engaged for around 14-months. September was the most popular month for weddings, and blue, purple and green are the colors most brides gravitate towards. The study also noted that cupcakes are making a bigger and bigger presence at weddings, along with interactive food stations, sommeliers and wine tastings, and even sushi chefs are becoming a trend. Another must-have is a wedding website, and 69% of couples polled said they had a personal wedding site.
The findings are interesting because this is the first time since 2008 that wedding budgets are creeping upwards. Some believe that a hint of economic recovery could be playing a part in people spending more on weddings. In this study, the overall cost of the wedding included the venue, planner, photographer, band/DJ, videographer, florist, cake, dress, ceremony site, invitations, transportation for the bride and groom, favors, rehearsal dinner and the engagement ring.
Whether you’re married or engaged, or just have opinions on the subject, where do you draw the line when it comes to a wedding budget?