The Average Cost of a Wedding

February 7, 2017
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It’s been almost 15 years since I got married but I still remember writing the check for our reception and it was a punch in the gut even then. My family and my Husband’s family helped with various pieces of the wedding day puzzle but he and I were responsible for our reception.  I didn’t add up each receipt, but I have a general idea of what we spent on the entire wedding activities and it falls substantially shy of what couples spent in 2016!

Early this month The Knot released it’s findings from their annual couples survey to reveal the average cost of a wedding in 2016.  After surveying more then 13,000 couples, they found the average cost of a wedding in 2016 was $35,329 – up from $32,641 in 2015.

On their website The Knot also reveals some interesting statistics about 2016 weddings.  And you know what??  Looks like my Husband and I were “right on” with our ages – I was 27 and he was 31.  Now don’t go doing the math to see how old I am now… :-/

Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29 ; Groom, 31
Average Number of Guests: 141
Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5

Average Number of Groomsmen: 5
Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (15%)
Average Length of Engagement: 15 months
Most Popular Month to Get Married: October (16%) and September (16%)
Popular Wedding Colors: Dark blue (29%), gold (28%) and light pink (28%)
Percentage of Destination Weddings: 20%

How much would you, or did you, spend on your wedding?  Where do you fall in terms of the survey’s “average”?

-S.O.