Shocking Wedding Statistics!


These Wedding Statistics may shock you but they are true & from well known reliable sources! Read them all here and learn from other Brides & Grooms mistakes! It will make you rethink your Wedding Reception Priorities!


72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.

Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their wedding dress, attire, followed by the reception site and caterer – reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities!

Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!

When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment (Band / DJ).

65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding reception, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey!

*These statistics were published in St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine. Sources include: Simmons; USA Today, National Bridal Service, The Knot, Brides Magazine.Wedding Disc Jockey rates are vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability & personality. Not all Wedding DJ’s are Created Equally, as many of you know – we have all seen the “Bad” Cheesy Wedding DJ!

Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to $3,500.00 with an US average of $1,200.00 for a 4-5 hour reception.The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. 

As the surveys above conclude that 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment & made it their #1 priority in hindsight!

A Professional Wedding Entertainment company will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only paying for “4 hours”.Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up & tear-down, education, phone calls, travel & other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special once in a lifetime day.

Modern Bride Magazine: Entertainment is 5% of your Wedding Budget, but TWICE as many guests will remember your entertainment, more than anything else!

The numbers don’t lie…The cost of entertainment at your reception is only a small portion of your overall budget.  As Modern Bride Magazine states above, only 5% of your overall budget will be spent on entertainment.  

However, over 50% of your guests will remember the performance of your disc jockey more than anything else at your reception.  

Think back to the last affair you attended, what did you eat? What Color was the Napkin? What was the guest of honor wearing? 

When you’re spending thousands of dollars on a once-in-a-lifetime event, doesn’t it make sense to reserve the finest entertainment, especially since it is only 5% of your overall budget??

Yes, your Gown & your Food are very important.  Still, the selection of Music &  Entertainment can determine the success of your event!A qualified Wedding MC can guarantee your guests will stay after dinner to party; the Photographer & Videographer will have something to shoot & your guests will stay long enough to really remember your gown!

Wedding Statistics



The average American engagement is 16 months.
June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September October and May
Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S.
Average age for first-time brides is 25 years, for grooms it’s 27.5
175 guests are invited to an average wedding
One third of engaged couples retain a Wedding Consultant
An average honeymoon vacation is one week
The average household income of a newly married couple is $60,000/year
Tuxedoes are typically purchased 5-6 months after the wedding gown
Bridesmaids’ gowns are general purchased 3-4 months in advance of the event
Average size of wedding party: 12
Most brides (30%) plan their weddings for 7 to 12 months
Most (about 75%) first-time brides will receive a diamond engagement ring (67% of repeat brides).

About 15% of weddings include ethnic customs
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

$22,000 is the average amount spent on a traditional American wedding
A total of $72 billion is spent on weddings annually in the U.S.
$19 billion is spent buying presents at wedding gift registries
The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800
The average ring costs $2,000

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)

80% of traditional weddings are performed in churches or synagogue.
Four out of five brides are employed.
35% of Brides and Grooms have a valid passport.
Percentage of couples living together before marriage: 64%
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%
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.
More than 4.2 million unmarried couples live together.
67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day.

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%

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%

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.

Visiting a new place for sightseeing, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife- 75%
Beaches and lakes – 45%
Casinos – 20%
Cruises – 15%
Golf/sports vacations – 10%
Skiing trips – 5%

Aruba 8%
Bahamas 20.2%
Bermuda 3.1%
British Virgin Islands 7%
Caribbean 34%
Caribbean Islands 6.3%
The Cayman Islands 10.5%
Europe 4%
Hawaii 33%
Jamaica 17.1%
Mexico 7%
Puerto Rico 3.8%
St. Marten 5.6%
US Virgin Islands 7%

76.2% Airplane
60% Rent Car
16.4% Their Own Car
27% Boat/Ship
2.7% Railroad

46.1% Hotel/Motel
35.2% Resort
20.1% Boat/Ship
8.2% Bed and Breakfast/Inn
8.9% Other

Association of Bridal Consultants
Condé Nast Bridal Group National Bridal Service
National Center for Health Statistics
Greeting Card Association
National Association of Wedding Ministers
USA Today
National Bridal Service
The Knot
Brides Magazine
St Louis Bride & Groom Magazine