Average Wedding Costs in The United States

Average costs cited will vary from source to source, but according to The Wedding Report, today's average wedding costs over $25,631. On average, US couples spend $25,631 for their wedding. However, the majority of couples spend between $19,223 and $32,039. This does not include cost for a honeymoon.

According to the Real Wedding Study, the average cost of a wedding is around $28k, unless you're getting married in Manhattan where the average cost is over $76k.

Understanding wedding costs now can help you with your wedding budget later.

 

 

 

 

Sample Wedding Cost Breakdown

  • Engagement Ring:
    $3,253
  • Wedding Rings:
    $1,197
  • Invitations & Reply Cards:
    $226
  • Save the Date Cards:
    $105
  • Bride's Wedding Dress:
    $1,169
  • Bride's Headpiece/Veil:
    $107
  • Other Bridal Accessories:
    $149
  • Day of Wedding Hair:
    $66
  • Day of Wedding Makeup:
    $52
  • Photography:
    $1,654
  • Videography:
    $1,044
  • Bridal Attendants' Apparel:
    $735
  • Mother of the Bride's Apparel:
    $236
  • Ceremony Officiant:
    $196
  • Attendants' Gifts:
    $99
  • Music:
    $536
  • Orchestras / Bands:
    $1,529
  • DJ:
    $699
    (Also see: How Much Should a Wedding DJ Cost?)
  • Groom's Formalwear (Rented):
    $197
  • Formalwear for Ushers, Best Man (Rented):
    $575
  • Limousines:
    $472
  • Bouquets:
    $293
  • Decorative Flowers for Venues:
    $539
  • Rehearsal Dinner:
    $545
  • Wedding Reception:
    $12,263
  • Reception Menus:
    $104
  • Cake / Dessert:
    $420
  • Wedding Favors:
    $206

 

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Infographics on Wedding Costs

2011 Wedding Statistics for United States

Number of Weddings 2,081,100. Average Wedding Cost $25,631. Market Value $53.3 Billion. Average Number of Guests 133 - 143. Online Market Value $8.6 Billion. Number of Wedding Businesses 332,577 - 369,530.

 

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Related Links for Wedding Budgets:

  • Cost of Wedding
    Wedding Budget vs Real Wedding Cost. Site includes wedding cost search and wedding cost estimator.
  • US Wedding Cost Update Q1Q2- 2011
    The average amount of money spent on a wedding in the United States has declined since last year when the average amount spent was $24,066 compared to Q1Q2- 2011 when the average was $18, 859. This decline is not as severe when compared to the 2009 average amount spent, $19,581
  • The $28,000 question: Why are we all hypocrites about weddings?
    ... When planning how much to spend for your wedding, "Planning before you need to separates rich people from everyone else."

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