Wedding statistics in the United States

Wedding statistics in the United States
  • 2.3 million couples wed every year in the US. That breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day
  • the average age of a bride in the US is 25.3
  • average age of a groom is 26.9
  • average number of guests invited to a wedding is 178
  • one-third of those getting married each year have been married before

The money behind the marriage

  • $72 billion per year is spent on weddings
  • the average wedding budget is $20,000
  • $1,016 is the average cost of wedding rings for the bride and groom
  • traditionally, the father of the bride would pay for everything. Today, however, the bride and groom themselves pay for the wedding about 30 percent of the time; the bride's parents pay about 17 percent of the time. As for the rest of the time, costs are covered by different sources -- the bride and groom and one or both sets of parents, according to surveys by Bride's magazine.
  • $19 billion per year is spent on wedding gift registries
  • $8 billion per year is spent on honeymoons
  • the average honeymoon budget is $3,657
  • over  91 percent of all to-be-weds register for gifts. The couple receives gifts from an average of 200 guests
  • most wedding guests spend between $70 and $100 on a gift

Timing of weddings

June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September and October

here's a monthly breakdown:
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%

Where do weddings take place?

80 percent of weddings are performed in churches or synagogues

Honeymoons

  • 99 percent of newlyweds take a honeymoon
  • the average couple will spend three times more on their honeymoon than a regular vacation
  • 40 percent of honeymooners will travel within the United States, about 60 percent will travel to a foreign country
  • honeymoons usually last 7 to 9 days
  • the most popular destinations are Las Vegas, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Jamaica
  • 35 percent of brides and grooms have a valid passport

Other Interesting Info

  • the top wedding city in the world is Istanbul, Turkey with 166,000 for the year
  • Las Vegas, Nevada is in second place with 114,000 weddings.

Sources for our statistics

US Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03ff02.html
The Knot (http://www.theknot.com/au_industrystats.shtml),
The Association for Wedding Professionals International (http://www.afwpi.com/wedstats)
Sellmoreweddings.com
Sellthebride.com (http://www.sellthebride.com/tipsstats.htm)
American Demographics
Bride's Millennium Report: Wedding Love & Money
Bride's magazine

Comments

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Miami

This is very informative...more power to the writer!

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bacolod

If there are 2.3 million weddings in the United States per year and the aggregate spent is $72 billion, then the average budget must be about $31,000, not $20,000 as listed above. One of those three numbers - number of weddings, annual spent or average budget - must be wrong.

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NYC

Hello I am Wedding Planner in the Baltimore, Washington DC area. I am Instructor for one of the Community Colleges here in Baltimore. I teach a course on Wedding Planning as a Business Part 1 & Part II. This type of information is very good for my students. Please keep me informed.

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Baltimore

'These stats have to be from some wedding 'zine or other nuptual trade source. There aren't numbers about those not choosing to be documented or get a license. Nor for civil or common-l@w, so bottom-line on this,. . must be the hype. Thanks anyway.'

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bloomington, indiana

this is th best job on statics ever

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suffolk

How many people were married on July 4, 1976? I was married on that day and know of no other couple being married on that day, at least in the NYC area. I know the Fourth is more popular these days for weddings.

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NYC

Hi,Where can I find wedding cancellation statistics, specifically cancellations figures due to pre-wedding cold feet?Thank you

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Paris

The monthly popularity should go June, August, May...

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Auckland

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