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Fun Wedding Facts!
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Weddings By The Numbers
- Weddings are a $25.3 billion industry
- For the past 20 years, 2.25 to 2.40 million weddings take place each year in the U.S.
- 30% of brides plan their weddings for 7 to 12 months
- An average of 189 guests attends a wedding
- The average cost of a wedding is $20,000 to $25,000
- 85% of weddings are held in a church or synagogue
- More than half of all weddings take place in the afternoon
- Hawaii is the favorite honeymoon destination
- 75% of first-time brides will receive a diamond engagement ring
- A third of men's wedding rings have diamonds
June & August: Wedding Favorites...
- August is the top month for weddings (10.2%) and June is second (9.9%)
- While June traditionally has been regarded as the month for weddings, more weddings have taken place in August in the past decade than in June
Three Styles Reflect Today's Brides...
- "Traditional Princess Bride": a young woman with parents active in the planning and financing of a once-in-a-lifetime, fairy-tale wedding
- "Traditional Independent Bride": financially independent, plans her own wedding, often with the help of the groom; blends tradition with her own style
- "Nontraditional Independent Brides": typically marries later or was married before; plans a small, nontraditional wedding
Today's Bride Is Older and Wiser...
- The average engagement is 16 months (up from 11 months in 1990) and the average ring costs $2,000
- The average first-time bride was 22 in 1980, 25 in 1990, and 25.1 today
- The average age of the first-time groom is 26.8
- Four out of five brides are employed
- Money is the most desired wedding gift
Wedding Traditions Evolving...
- Among all categories, interest is growing in reconnecting to family and in weddings as an opportunity to bring generations together
- Increasingly, bride, groom, and parents share in wedding expenses
- About 15% of weddings include ethnic customs
- Destination weddings (family and friends travelling to exotic locations) tripled between 1997 and 1999, from 3% to 11%
- Wedding ceremonies in unusual venues – museums, zoos, gardens, etc.
- Black-and-white photojournalistic-style pictures
- Wedding consultants to direct the event
- More platinum rings
- Couples showers
- Professionally-produced videos played at receptions
- Focus on guests having fun: novel floral arrangements; more elegant foods, wines, cakes; focus on details: parking, favors, maps, etc.
- Honeymoon registry
- Longer, more elaborate, exotic honeymoons