Wedding Statistics everyone should know

November 18th, 2008 by admin

Wedding statisticsDid some research on the internet to see what kind of helpful statistics I could find on weddings.  Their was a bunch of stuff.  Here is a quick wrapup of what I found with more details below with #’s.

 Weddings these days can cost up to as much as a brand new car.  Most of the money however is spent on the reception alone and a consultant if needed.  Then of course the rings, but they are a vital necessary. Men’s formal wear is about half the price of the bride’s gown and about 20% of many brides get their gowns from David’s Bridal.

About 64% of couples live together before getting married. Many of the couples know each at least 3 years or longer including the engagement process which is almost a year and a half.  Yet many of these couples are likely to end up in divorce and marry again.

June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September October and May. Very few weddings take place in the winter months and many are in the afternoon or evening. Half of all weddings are traditional and have both a ring bearer and a flower girl. After the traditional wedding almost all newlywed’s go on a honeymoon.  Many honeymooners fly somewhere in a different country or a place where they have never been before and stay about a week and spend up to $4,000. While there, they like to explore new place and restaurants.

Weddings are a common tradition and happen everyday all over the world. A lot of time and money and stress are spent putting it all together, and the actual wedding only last up to a few hours.

ENGAGEMENT STATISTICS

    * The average American engagement is 16 months.
    * During the engagement period, couples buy:
          o $4 billion in furniture
          o $3 billion in house wares
          o $400 million in tableware
    * June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September October and May
    * Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S.
    * The Wedding Industry is a 50 billion dollar a year industry
    * Average age for first-time brides is 25 years, for grooms it’s 27.5
    * 175 guests are invited to an average wedding
    * One third of engaged couples retain a Wedding Consultant
    * An average honeymoon vacation is one week
    * The average household income of a newly married couple is $60,000/year
    * Couples are waiting longer to get married
    * Tuxedoes are typically purchased 5-6 months after the wedding gown
    * Median age for remarriage is 34 for women and 37 for men
    * Bridesmaids’ gowns are general purchased 3-4 months in advance of the event
    * Average size of wedding party: 12
    * Most brides (30%) plan their weddings for 7 to 12 months
    * Most (about 75%) first-time brides will receive a diamond engagement ring (67% of repeat brides).
    * About 15% of weddings include ethnic customs
    * 35% of weddings occur in the summer; 29% in the spring; 23% in the fall; 13% in the winter.
    * 11% of winter weddings are Christmas weddings

COST STATISTICS

    * $22,000 is the average amount spent on a traditional American wedding
    * A total of $72 billion is spent on weddings annually in the U.S.
    * $19 billion is spent buying presents at wedding gift registries
    * The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800
    * David’s Bridal accounts for 20% of all bridal-gown sales, and that percentage is increasing
    * The average ring costs $2,000

TOP WEDDING DESTINATIONS:

    * Las Vegas (100,000 weddings/year)
    * Hawaii (25,000 wedding/year)
    * Bahamas (5,000 weddings/year)
    * Jamaica (5,000 weddings/year)
    * U.S. Virgin Islands (4,000 weddings/year)

OTHER WEDDING STATISTICS

    * 80% of traditional weddings are performed in churches or synagogue.
    * Four out of five brides are employed.
    * There is a 43% chance of a marriage ending in divorce.
    * 35% of Brides and Grooms have a valid passport.
    * Percentage of couples living together before marriage: 64%
    * Percentage of engaged couples who’ve known each other longer than 3 years: 69%
    * 166,000: Wedding ceremonies performed annually in Istanbul, Turkey
    * Percentage of brides who say they’ll be changing their surnames: 60%
    * 93,750: Approximate cost, in dollars, of an average Japanese wedding
    * 150,000: Wedding ceremonies conducted in Canada in 2002
    * 53% of weddings occur in the afternoon; 31% in the evening; 16% in the morning.
    * 30% of receptions are held in churches; 20% in hotels; 20% in country clubs; and 10% each in fraternal halls, private homes, and other locations.
    * 38% of weddings have a buffet; 34% have a sit-down dinner; 28% serve only cake and punch.
    * 62% of weddings have a flower girl.
    * 56% have a ring bearer.
    * Brides 18 to 39 receive 85% of all wedding cards.
    * More than 4.2 million unmarried couples live together.
    * 67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day.

MARRIAGES BY MONTH

    * January 4.7%
    * February 7.0%
    * March 6.1%
    * April 7.4%
    * May 9.8%
    * June 10.8%
    * July 9.7%
    * August 10.2%
    * September 9.6%
    * October 9.4%
    * November 7.4%
    * December 7.8%

WEDDING COSTS BY CATEGORY*

    * Reception 28.3%
    * Consultant 15.0% (if hired)
    * Wedding Rings 11.5%
    * Photography/Video 6.6%
    * Bridal Gown 6.1%
    * Music 5.2%
    * Flowers 4.6%
    * Bridal attendants’ apparel 4.5%
    * Rehearsal dinner 4.2%
    * Men’s formal wear 3.2%
    * Invitations 2.8%
    * Attendants’ gifts 2.1%
    * Mother of the bride apparel 1.7%
    * Bride’s veil 1.6%
    * Clergy and ceremony fees 1.2%
    * Limousine 0.9%
    * Groom’s attire 0.8%
      Source: Association of Bridal Consultants*

HONEYMOON STATISTICS

    * Among couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99 percent take a honeymoon.
    * Couples spend an average of $4,000 on their honeymoon. That’s three times as much as the average U.S. adult spends on a vacation.
    * The length of an average honeymoon is seven days.
    * 45 percent of honeymoon trips are to domestic locations; 55 percent are foreign.
    * The Honeymoon Industry is a 12 billion dollar a year industry.

Most Popular Honeymoon Activities:

    * Visiting a new place for sightseeing, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife- 75%
    * Beaches and lakes – 45%
    * Casinos – 20%
    * Cruises – 15%
    * Golf/sports vacations – 10%
    * Skiing trips – 5%

Destinations that are most frequently chosen

    * Aruba 8%
    * Bahamas 20.2%
    * Bermuda 3.1%
    * British Virgin Islands 7%
    * Caribbean 34%
    * Caribbean Islands 6.3%
    * The Cayman Islands 10.5%
    * Europe 4%
    * Hawaii 33%
    * Jamaica 17.1%
    * Mexico 7%
    * Puerto Rico 3.8%
    * St. Marten 5.6%
    * US Virgin Islands 7%

Places To Stay While On The Honeymoon

    * 46.1% Hotel/Motel
    * 35.2% Resort
    * 20.1% Boat/Ship
    * 8.2% Bed and Breakfast/Inn
    * 8.9% Other

Transportation Used for Honeymoon

    * 76.2% Airplane
    * 60% Rent Car
    * 16.4% Their Own Car
    * 27% Boat/Ship
    * 2.7% Railroad

SOURCES

    * Association of Bridal Consultants
    * Condé Nast Bridal Group
    * Mediapost.com National Bridal Service
    * National Center for Health Statistics
    * Greeting Card Association
    * National Association of Wedding Ministers

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