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January 9, 2008

The Cost Of A Wedding

Filed under: internet,Weddings — chantal @ 2:32 pm

(wow, 2 posts in one day!!!) 

I came across this website that lists information regarding weddings based on location. Here is what I learned:

In the U.S.~
*In 2007 there were an estimated 2,290,578 weddings
*The average length of an engagement is 17 months
*Average wedding budget is $14,250
*the average spent is $28,800
*Average ages are 26-bride, 28-groom
*average cost of wedding photography is $2373

In the Columbus, Ohio area~
*It is projected that the average couple will spend $29,090 on their 2008 Wedding
*The average spent on the reception is $14,885
*The average spent on Photography and video combined is $3875
*The most popular month for weddings is July, followed by August

Interesting food for thought, for those planning their 2008 Weddings! I know the cost can be astronomical, especially for a young couple just starting out. But what little girl didn’t dream about her fairytale wedding? And what Prince Charming wouldn’t want to give his Bride the wedding of her dreams? If you ask me, the expense is totally worth it because you’ll only do this once, and you’ll remember it, and cherish the photographs for the rest of your life!

Browsing the web, I also came across an article about Wedding Etiquette (who pays for what, etc.). Some of it seems a bit out of date, but it’s still interesting. Here is a snippet of the article:

Wedding etiquette suggests the bride pays for:

* The ring for the groom
* Gifts for her attendants
* A gift for the groom
* Some brides also pay for accommodations for out-of-town guests

Wedding etiquette suggests the groom pays for:

* The bride’s engagement ring and wedding ring
* The honeymoon
* A gift for the bride
* The marriage license
* Gifts for his groomsmen/ushers/ring bearer
* Accommodation for out-of-town groomsmen/ushers
* The bride’s bouquet
* The bride’s going-away corsage
* Corsages for mothers and/or other special ladies
* The boutonnieres for men in the wedding party
* The gloves, ties and accessories for the men in the wedding party
* Fee for clergyperson or judge

Wedding etiquette suggests the groom’s family pays for:

* Rehearsal dinner
* A gift for the newlyweds

Wedding etiquette suggests the bride’s family pays for:

* The costs of the reception
* The bride’s attire/trousseau
* Invitations, announcements, thank you notes (including mailing costs)
* Photographer
* Videographer
* Ceremony costs
* Transportation for bridal party from ceremony to reception
* All gratuities for all services: parking, security, etc.
* Bridesmaid luncheon

I do believe this list is out of date though, because I remember reading somewhere (not sure where) how most couples fund their own Weddings almost entirely themselves.

Interesting, nonetheless.

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24 Comments »

  1. Wow, I never realized just how expensive weddings really are. I guess a little money here and a little money there really adds up in the end. So all you brides out there, make sure you get your priorities straight when you start spending money. Take care of the most important things first in case you end up cutting back at the end. I would think photography would be near the top of the list!! And if family is helping fund the big day, it is always nice to get them something special to show your appreciation.

    Comment by Gina Malone — January 9, 2008 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the stats Chantal. Like Gina says, photography should be on the top of the list. Of all things purchased for a wedding, the photographs may be the thing that last the longest.

    Comment by shermancharles — January 9, 2008 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  3. Great stats…very interesting. Photography is at the WAY top of my list! You can never have too many photos of your special day…I will have at least 2 photographers! Nice blog…Jayme

    Comment by Jayme — September 1, 2008 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  4. wow!!! i am newly engaged and we are a young couple. we were looking at about $10,000 for our wedding next year. reading this gave me a sick feeling! haha wait until my groom-to-be here’s this! we should just start planning on eloping!

    Comment by Alaina — October 7, 2008 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

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