As couples prepare to tie the knot, it’s not uncommon for them to ponder the many aspects of their special day, from the venue and guest list to the wedding dress and cake.
To help make sense of the ever-changing world of weddings, I’ve gathered an intriguing collection of statistics that shed light on current trends, preferences, and spending habits surrounding these momentous occasions.
This article delves into the fascinating world of wedding statistics, providing valuable insights for couples, industry professionals, and anyone with a keen interest in understanding the modern wedding landscape.
So, whether you’re in the midst of planning your own big day or simply curious about what makes these events so unique, read on to explore the numbers behind the magic of weddings.
#Average wedding cost: In the United States, the average cost of a wedding in 2021 was around $22,500.
#Engagement length: The average engagement period is 13 to 18 months.
Most popular wedding months: June, September, and October are the most popular months for weddings.
#Guest count: The average number of guests at a wedding is approximately 131.
Average wedding dress cost: Brides spend an average of $1,200 on their wedding dress.
#Wedding venue: 49% of couples choose a banquet hall or event space for their wedding venue.
#Bride’s age: The average age of a bride in the United States is 29 years old.
#Groom’s age: The average age of a groom in the United States is 31 years old.
#Destination weddings: Approximately 21% of couples have a destination wedding.
#First-time marriages: 80% of couples getting married are doing so for the first time.
#Average wedding budget: Couples typically allocate 50% of their budget to the reception.
#Wedding planners: 30% of couples hire a wedding planner to help them with their big day.
#DIY weddings: About 60% of couples incorporate DIY elements into their wedding.
#Honeymoon: 99% of newlyweds take a honeymoon, with the average trip lasting 8 days.
#Same-sex weddings: Around 4% of weddings in the United States are same-sex weddings.
#Wedding website usage: 64% of couples create a wedding website for guests to access information about the event.
#Most popular wedding colors: In recent years, navy blue, burgundy, and blush pink have been the most popular wedding colors.
#Gift registries: 91% of couples create a gift registry for their wedding.
#Average age of bridesmaids and groomsmen: The average age of bridesmaids is 27, while the average age of groomsmen is 28.
#Most popular wedding flowers: Roses, peonies, and hydrangeas are among the most popular wedding flowers.
#Bridal party size: The average bridal party consists of 4 bridesmaids and 4 groomsmen.
#Wedding photography: 90% of couples hire a professional photographer to capture their wedding day.
#Wedding videography: Approximately 40% of couples hire a videographer for their wedding.
#Average wedding cake cost: Couples spend an average of $500 on their wedding cake.
#Engagement ring cost: The average engagement ring costs around $5,000.
#Average wedding invitation cost: Wedding invitations typically cost between $400 and $600.
#Save-the-dates: Approximately 67% of couples send save-the-date cards to guests.
#Wedding favors: Around 70% of couples provide wedding favors for their guests.
#Custom wedding hashtags: 55% of couples create a custom hashtag for their wedding.
#Live music: 31% of couples have a live band at their wedding reception.
#DJ services: 68% of couples opt for a DJ to provide music at their wedding reception.
#First dance songs: The most popular first dance songs include “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “At Last” by Etta James, and “All of Me” by John Legend.
#Wedding themes: Some popular wedding themes are rustic (18%), romantic (17%), and vintage (15%).
#Pre-wedding beauty treatments: 69% of brides undergo beauty treatments, such as facials or teeth whitening, before their wedding day.
Hey, I’m Allison – a recent bride, an expectant mother and the chief editor here at Everlasting Occasion. Here I document all the knowledge and experience I accumulated while researching and planning my dream wedding and ahead of our new baby. Here, I try to answer those many questions couples have when planning their dream wedding, while equally, helping expectant parents ahead of their new arrival!