The Cost of the Average Wedding is at an All-Time High
Bad news for anyone out there who is engaged or might get engaged soon, tying the knot is pricey!
The Knot discovered that the average cost for a wedding in 2016 was at an all-time high! They say the average wedding now costs $35,329! That's over $3,000 more than the usual. The worst part, that doesn't even include the honeymoon!
Here's what The Knot had to say!
Custom guest entertainment has more than tripled, from 11% to 41% since 2009, with photo booths (78%), games (18%), musical performances (12%) and fireworks (8%) at the top of the list. Not only are guests being entertained at weddings, but this year couples reported that nearly 20% of their guests hooked up at or after their wedding.
Here are more wedding facts revealed by The Knot!
1. The most expensive place to get married in the U.S. is still Manhattan at $78,464. The least expensive is Arkansas, where the average wedding costs $19,522.
2. The average number of guests dropped from 149 to 141. So we're inviting fewer people and STILL spending more.
3. On average, the bride's parents pay for 44% of it. The bride and groom cover 42% of the costs. The groom's parents cover 13%. And 2% comes from other people.
4. 20% of couples had destination weddings last year. The top spots were Hawaii, California, Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
5. The average wedding party had 10 people in it. Five bridesmaids, and five groomsmen.
6. 78% of couples had a photo booth at their wedding, 24% had a signature cocktail, and 8% had fireworks. New trends include cigar-rolling stations, and live dancers.
7. 19% of grooms and 15% of brides got drunk at their own wedding.