latest 2011 US Wedding Statistics

theknot and wedding channel releases the latest wedding survey data.

2011 Wedding Statistics

  • Average Wedding Budget: $27,021 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $65,824 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: West Virginia, $14,203 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,121
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 30
  • Average Number of Guests: 141
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4-5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4-5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: September (15%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (30%), Purple (25%), Green (24%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

2011 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown

Category 2011 National Average Spend 2010 National Average Spend
Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon) $27,021 $26,984
Wedding Venue (reception hall) $12,116 $12,124
Wedding/Event Planner $1,753 $1,683
Reception Band $3,122 $3,081
Reception DJ $929 $900
Wedding Photographer $2,299 $2,320
Florist/Décor $1,894 $1,988
Videographer $1,486 $1,463
Wedding Dress $1,121 $1,099
Wedding Cake $535 $540
Ceremony Site $1,599 $1,393
Ceremony Musicians $536 $503
Invitations $331 $351
Limousine $669 $667
Favors $217 $222
Rehearsal Dinner $1,078 $1,127
Engagement Ring $5,130 $5,392

Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service.

Top 20 Most Expensive Places to Get Married

Based on average wedding spend in 2011, these are the areas around the US where couples spend the most on their wedding.

1. NYC (Manhattan): $65,824

2. Chicago, IL: $53,069

3. NY Metro (Long Island, Hudson Valley and NYC Outer Boroughs): $50,087, $46,560, $40,356

4. Northern/Central NJ and Southern NJ: $46,600, $38,103

5. Rhode Island: $41,307

6. Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA, and Los Angeles, CA: $37,823, $37,690

7. Philadelphia, PA: $37,014

8. Boston, MA: $35,560

9. Southern Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas): $34,465

10. Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland: $34,203

11. Connecticut: $33,789

12. Baltimore, MD: $32,702

13. Northern, CA, San Diego, CA, and Orange County/Inland Empire, CA: $32,261, $30,482, $29,826

14. Hawaii: $31,461

15. Pittsburgh, PA: $29,703

16. Louisiana: $28,790 *New to Top 20 List in 2011

17. Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, and Austin/San Antonio, TX: $28,717, $27,459, $27,735

18. California/Nevada (Sacramento, Tahoe and Reno): $28,028

19. Lehigh Valley/Poconos, PA: $27,339 *New to Top 20 List in 2011

20. Detroit, MI: $27,017 *New to Top 20 List in 2011

Interesting Regional Differences

TheKnot.com & WeddingChannel.com 2011 Real Weddings Survey can be broken down on a region-by-region basis across more than 80 markets. Regional highlights include:

  • Budget: New York City (Manhattan) has the highest average wedding budget ($65,824), and West Virginia has the lowest average wedding budget ($14,203), excluding honeymoon only.
  • Age: Hawaii has the oldest brides (31 years), whereas Utah has the youngest brides (26 years), on average.
  • Engagements: Mid-Atlantic brides (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) have the longest engagements (16 months), while brides from Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippihave the shortest (12 months), on average.
  • Wedding Size: On average, Iowa brides still have the largest number of wedding guests (215), and Hawaii and Nevada still have the smallest number of wedding guests (77 and 63, respectively).
  • Wedding Style: Hawaii has the most casual weddings (48%), while Long Island, NY, has the most formal (black-tie) weddings (37%).
  • Wedding Dress Spend: Brides in Manhattan spend the most on their dresses ($2,403), while North and South Dakotan brides spend the least ($745).
  • Registry: Brides in Central Illinois, are the most likely to register for wedding gifts (98%).

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