Wedding Statistics and Trends – This Just In

February 18, 2017


The Knot surveys real wedding couples every year. This year they surveyed more than 13,000 couples who planned their weddings in 2016. Here are the national results:
National Average Spent on Wedding: $35,329
            New York City: $78,464
            Chicago: $60,035
San Francisco: $42,716
South Florida: $48,596
Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29 ; Groom, 31
Average Number of Guests: 141
Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5
Average Number of Groomsmen: 5
Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (15%)
Average Length of Engagement: 15 months
Most Popular Month to Get Married: October (16%) and September (16%)
Popular Wedding Colors: Dark blue (29%), gold (28%) and light pink (28%)
Percentage of Destination Weddings: 20%
Some Other Fun Facts
Engagement Ring Decision: Partner’s Decision - 47% Joint Decision – 46%
Recipient’s Decision 7%
Top Cities to Get Married In:

1 – New York

2 – Washington

3 – Boston

4 – Los Angeles
5 - Chicago




Average Time Spent Wedding Planning: 15 Hours Per Week
Average Number of Vendors Hired for the Wedding Day: 10


Some Fun Wedding Trends
80% of couples do all or some of their wedding planning at work. 15% of couples got in trouble for doing wedding planning at work and 5% were fired for doing wedding planning at work. 45% of couples surveyed said that they went over budget (they probably didn’t have a wedding planner).

Couples are inviting less guests in order to improve the guest experience. Even though the average number of guests has decreased the average amount spent per guest has increased; as couples are placing more emphasis on their guest’s experience. There is a trended focus on the party with signature cocktails and unique entertainment. Couples are making their wedding their own; as 40% of couples seek a unique wedding venue that reflects their style and personality as opposed to a traditional venue.


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