The Average Wedding: Costs, Number of Guests and More

Women know that every single detail of a wedding matters, while men know that all those details represent a huge waste of money. But couples are still spending more than ever on their wedding day.

According to a new survey by, the average wedding costs $29,858, a new high. Here are eight more stats from the survey.

1. The most expensive part is the reception venue, which costs an average of $13,385. The cheapest part is the groom’s tux, which costs $248. And the dress costs $1,281.

2. The most expensive place to get married is Manhattan, where the average wedding costs about $87,000. The cheapest is Idaho, where it’s about $16,000.

3. The average number of guests is 138. And catering costs $66 per person.

4. 24% of people who got married last year had a “destination wedding.”

5. The most popular month to get engaged is December, and the average engagement lasts 14 months. June and September tied for the most popular month to get married.

6. 24% of couples don’t set a budget.
7. A band is three times more expensive than a DJ. $3,500 compared to $1,000.

8. 43% of couples who got married last year had a friend or family member officiate the wedding. And only 33% got married in a church, which is down from 41% in 2009.


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