Wedding Facts

As a follow-up to my last post, here are more interesting wedding stats (take special note of the expense related statistics- wedding statsthe wedding industry is a $50-billion a year industry!):

ENGAGEMENT STATISTICS

  • The average American engagement is 16 months.
  • Every year an average of 2.3 million weddings are performed in the U.S.
  • The Wedding Industry is a 50 billion dollar a year industry
  • Average age for first-time brides is 25 years, for grooms it’s 27.5
  • 175 guests are invited to an average wedding
  • Average size of wedding party: 12
  • 35% of weddings occur in the summer; 29% in the spring; 23% in the fall; 13% in the winter.
  • 11% of winter weddings are Christmas weddings

COST STATISTICS

  • $25k-$30k is the average amount spent on a traditional American wedding
  • A total of $72 billion is spent on weddings annually in the U.S.
  • David’s Bridal accounts for 20% of all bridal-gown sales, and that percentage is increasing
  • The average ring costs $2,000

TOP WEDDING DESTINATIONS:

  • Las Vegas (100,000 weddings/year)
  • Hawaii (25,000 wedding/year)
  • Bahamas (5,000 weddings/year)
  • Jamaica (5,000 weddings/year)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands (4,000 weddings/year)

OTHER WEDDING STATISTICS

  • 80% of traditional weddings are performed in churches or synagogue.
  • Four out of five brides are employed.
  • Percentage of engaged couples who’ve known each other longer than 3 years: 69%
  • Percentage of brides who say they’ll be changing their surnames: 60%
  • 93,750: Approximate cost, in dollars, of an average Japanese wedding
  • 150,000: Wedding ceremonies conducted in Canada in 2002
  • 53% of weddings occur in the afternoon; 31% in the evening; 16% in the morning.
  • 30% of receptions are held in churches; 20% in hotels; 20% in country clubs; and 10% each in fraternal halls, private homes, and other locations.
  • 38% of weddings have a buffet; 34% have a sit-down dinner; 28% serve only cake and punch.
  • 62% of weddings have a flower girl.
  • 56% have a ring bearer.

MARRIAGES BY MONTH

  • January 4.7%
  • February 7.0%
  • March 6.1%
  • April 7.4%
  • May 9.8%
  • June 10.8%
  • July 9.7%
  • August 10.2%
  • September 9.6%
  • October 9.4%
  • November 7.4%
  • December 7.8%

WEDDING COSTS BY CATEGORY*

  • Reception 28.3%
  • Consultant 15.0% (if hired)
  • Wedding Rings 11.5%
  • Photography/Video 6.6%
  • Bridal Gown 6.1%
  • Music 5.2%
  • Flowers 4.6%
  • Bridal attendants’ apparel 4.5%
  • Rehearsal dinner 4.2%
  • Men’s formal wear 3.2%
  • Invitations 2.8%
  • Attendants’ gifts 2.1%
  • Mother of the bride apparel 1.7%
  • Bride’s veil 1.6%
  • Clergy and ceremony fees 1.2%
  • Limousine 0.9%
  • Groom’s attire 0.8%

WHO WILL PAY (for some portion of the wedding)

  • Brides parents  58%
  • Grooms parents 32%
  • Bride & Groom  77%
  • Sponsored Wedding  1%

HONEYMOON STATISTICS

  • Among couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99 percent take a honeymoon.
  • Couples spend an average of $4,000 on their honeymoon. That’s three times as much as the average U.S. adult spends on a vacation.
  • The length of an average honeymoon is seven days.
  • 45 percent of honeymoon trips are to domestic locations; 55 percent are foreign.
  • The Honeymoon Industry is a 12 billion dollar a year industry.

(Statistics from National Association of Wedding Ministers, Bridal Association of America, and Association of Bridal Consultants)

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by uklawgirl on January 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm

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    Tonya

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