Average Wedding Cost in the US Rose in 2011

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%