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How much does the average wedding cost?

See also and 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 ( Here in Michigan the average wedding was $23,581 in 2011, slightly below the national average, according to

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 and




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