Wedding Statistics

ENGAGEMENT 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

COST STATISTICS
$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

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.
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.

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%

GENERAL 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.

MOST POPULAR HONEYMOON ACTIVITIES:
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%

DESTINATIONS THAT ARE MOST FREQUENTLY CHOSEN
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%

TRANSPORTATION USED FOR HONEYMOON
76.2% Airplane
60% Rent Car
16.4% Their Own Car
27% Boat/Ship
2.7% Railroad

PLACES TO STAY WHILE ON THE HONEYMOON
46.1% Hotel/Motel
35.2% Resort
20.1% Boat/Ship
8.2% Bed and Breakfast/Inn
8.9% Other

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

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