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Nuptial Numbers: A Look at Some 2016 Wedding Statistics



Whether you like math or not, statistics can be very telling and after all, numbers (usually) never lie. Today we decided to take a look at some of the 2016 wedding statistics found during the "2016 Real Wedding Survey" conducted by our friends at The Knot.

Top 2016 wedding statistics

• Average wedding cost: $35,329 excluding honeymoon, up from $32,641 in 2015

• Most expensive place to get married: Manhattan, $78,464 average

• Least expensive place to get married: Arkansas, $19,522 average

• Average spent on a wedding dress: $1,564

• 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 percent)

• Average length of engagement: 15 months

• Most popular wedding colors: dark blue (29 percent), gold (28 percent) and light pink (28 percent)

• Percentage of destination weddings: 20


Couples are falling for each other Fall weddings are on the rise. Though Spring is still a wildly popular wedding season, Fall is the new king. 40% of weddings took place in Fall, as opposed to 30% in 2009. September and October reign as the most popular months followed by June. Unsurprisingly, Saturday is still the number one day to say "I Do." Top 10 most expensive places to get married

1. New York – Manhattan: $78,464

2. New York – Long Island: $67,831

3. New Jersey – north/central: $62,606

4. Illinois – Chicago: $60,035

5. New York – outer boroughs: $59,027

6. Massachusetts – Cape Cod: $58,608

7. New York – Westchester/Hudson Valley: $54,428

8. Rhode Island: $52,328

9. Florida – southern: $48,596

10. Pennsylvania – Philadelphia/Delaware: $48,093

Top 10 most affordable places to get married

1. Arkansas – $19,522

2. Utah – $20,337

3. Montana – $20,794

4. Texas – west Texas: $21,688

5. Oregon – $21,854

6. Idaho – $22,018

7. Arizona-Tucson – $22,175

8. Iowa – $23,098

9. Nevada – $23,239

10. Oklahoma – $23,302

Average budget breakdown

Overall wedding (excluding honeymoon) – $35,329, up from $32,641

Venue (reception hall) – $16,107, up from $14,788

Photographer – $2,783, up from $2,618

Wedding/event planner – $2,037, up from $1,996

Reception band – $4,156, up from $3,833

Reception DJ – $1,245, up from $1,171

Florist/décor – $2,534, up from $2,300

Videographer – $1,995, up from $1,824

Wedding dress – $1,564, up from $1,469

Groom's attire and accessories – $280, up from $269

Wedding cake – $582, up from $575

Ceremony site – $2,197, up from $2,089

Ceremony musicians – $755, up from $703

Invitations – $462, up from $445

Transportation – $859, up from $792

Favors – $268, up from $267

Rehearsal dinner – $1,378, up from $1,296

Engagement ring – $6,163, up from $5,871

Catering (price per person) – $71, up from $68

Officiant – $278, up from $273

Once again, we'd like to make it clear that this research was conducted by our friends at The Knot. We're just happy to be able to pass some of these fascinating facts on to our beloved readers.


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