Average Wedding Cost in the US Rose in 2011

Getting married?

Stop wasting your time!

Tell us what you need

Average Wedding Cost in the US Rose in 2011
Fri 23-03-2012

Results of an annual Real Weddings Survey, which surveyed nearly 18,000 US couples married in 2011, conducted by TheKnot.com & WeddingChannel.com, revealed that wedding budgets rose in 2011 for the first time in 5 years.

 “For the first time since 2008, wedding budgets are on the rise,” said Carley Roney, cofounder of The Knot. “In 2011, one in 5 US couples spent more than $30,000, and 11% spent more than $40,000 on their weddings. The study shows that couples and their families are less concerned with the economy and are increasingly comfortable investing more in the once-in-a-lifetime occasion of their wedding.”

2011 Wedding Statistics in the US:

  • Average Wedding Budget: $27,021 (excluding honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $65,824 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: West Virginia, $14,203 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,121
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29 and Groom, 30
  • Average Number of Guests: 141
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4-5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4-5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: September (15%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (30%), Purple (25%), Green (24%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%