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How much does the average wedding cost?

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TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com have just released statistics on wedding spending for 2011. The results show that the national average wedding expenditures increased for the first time since 2008, a very good sign that the economy is turning around or at the very least, that couples are feeling more confident paying a bit more for their big day.

Here are some of the findings for 2011, from their recent nation-wide survey:

  • The average cost of a wedding, excluding the honeymoon, was $27,021
  • Purple was the fastest growing wedding color
  • 3 out of 5 brides used their smartphones as part of their planning.
  • More wedding are occuring in the Fall, and many trended towards less-formal-than-years-past
  • The planning process is starting earlier, with 16% of brides beginning their planning even before they have a ring!

It is important to know that spending habits differ in different regions of the country, and from state to state. Couples in New York for example, tend to spend 24% more than the average U.S. couple (theweddingreport.com). Here in Michigan the average wedding was $23,581 in 2011, slightly below the national average, according to theweddingreport.com.

Here is a breakdown of the national average amount spent by brides on each wedding vendor:

  • Reception Venue: $12,116
  • Engagement Ring: $5,130
  • Reception Band: $3,122
  • Photographer: $2,299
  • Ceremony Site: $1,599
  • Wedding Gown: $1,121
  • Florist/Decor: $1,894
  • Videographer: $1,486
  • Wedding Planner: $1,753
  • Rehearsal Dinner: $1,078
  • Reception DJ: $929
  • Transportation: $669
  • Ceremony Musicians: $536
  • Wedding Cake: $535
  • Invitations: $331
  • Favors: $217
  • Catering (cost per head): $61

(All statistics are from a Real Wedding Survey according to TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com).

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