Weddings

Wedding Wednesday: Average wedding costs on rise

The average wedding cost in the U.S. is more than $30,000, according to the The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Study.

wedding-budget-planning“While wedding budgets continue to rise, with the national average at $31,213, guest lists are shrinking. The average wedding now has 136 guests, down from 149 in 2009,” said Rebecca Dolgin, Editor in Chief of The Knot. “Couples are focusing on creating an amazing guest experience and reception details, including finding unique venues to reflect their personality. Perhaps the biggest change we’ve seen is in the amount of brides using their mobile phone to plan their wedding—it has doubled in just three years.”

The eighth annual comprehensive report, the largest of its kind, surveyed nearly 16,000 US brides and grooms married in 2014 to uncover the financial spending habits and trends of real weddings in America.
The average cost of a wedding last year was $31,213, not including the honeymoon. The average spent on a dress was $1,357.

2014 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown
Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service.

Category

2014 National
Average Spend

2013 National
Average Spend

Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon)

$31,213

$29,858 ↑

Venue (reception hall)

$14,006

$13,385 ↑

Photographer

$2,556

$2,440 ↑

Wedding/Event Planner

$1,973

$1,874 ↑

Reception Band

$3,587

$3,469 ↑

Reception DJ

$1,124

$1,038 ↑

Florist/Decor

$2,141

$2,069 ↑

Videographer

$1,794

$1,700 ↑

Wedding Dress

$1,357

$1,281 ↑

Groom’s Attire and Accessories

$254

$248 ↑

Wedding Cake

$555

$546 ↑

Ceremony Site

$1,901

$1,793 ↑

Ceremony Musicians

$637

$588 ↑

Invitations

$439

$443 ↓

Transportation/Limousine

$767

$732 ↑

Favors

$275

$281 ↓

Rehearsal Dinner

$1,206

$1,184 ↑

Engagement Ring

$5,855

$5,598 ↑

Catering (price per person)

$68

$66 ↑

Officiant

$266

$260 ↑

 If you are planning your wedding, be sure to check out the Cre8 Salon and Spa wedding packages and wedding FAQ.

 

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