Do you know that the Average U.S. Wedding Cost of a 2013 Wedding was $26,000?
The estimated average amount spent in Utah for weddings in 2013 is $24,302. Remember this average includes the destination brides that come to the state of Utah to be married. This includes weddings in beautiful Park City / mountain weddings and Southern Utah/ beautiful red mountains and desert weddings. Don't forget the amazing Salt Flatts. Utah's landscape is so diverse and gorgeous that many out of state brides want to be married here. Wow in 1945 the average cost of a wedding was $2, 240. (The average annual salary in 1945 was $2,900 and the average annual salary of 2011 was $50,000)
This graph shows the number of wedding guests. The US average of wedding guests is 138 and Utah State is estimared between 128 and 138. A single guest could add or remove about $179 to the overall cost of a wedding.
The bride and groom are the ones who contribute most to the wedding cost in the USA.
I love this because it shows how much most people really spend on a wedding in the USA:
38% spend less than $10,000
27% spend between $10,000 and $20,000
- 65% of brides spend less than $20,000
19% spend between $20,000 and $30,000
9% spend between $30,000 and $50,000
4% spend between $50,000 and $100,000
3% spend over $100,000
- 35% of brides spend over $20,000
Average amount spent on Weddings in 2010 $24,066 USA $20,998 Utah
Weddings per year in 2010 2,078,000 USA 23,867 Utah
Average marriage age (female) 27 USA 21 Utah
Average marriage age (male) 29 USA 23 Utah
Engagement time: 14 months
Most Popular month to get engaged: December
Most popular month to get married: June
Average number of guests: 141
Average size of Wedding Party: 12
Engagement ring average is $3,465, wedding band $1,108, grooms ring $754
Average diamond carat weight: 1.18 metal choice: white gold cut: round
Bridal gown average is $1,053
Average honeymoon is one week and costs $3,473
Most popular wedding color is blue (20%) Then greens, purples, pinks and reds
72 billion is spent on weddings annually in the USA
19 billion is spent buying presents at wedding gift registries
**collection of this data included in The Wedding Report, Inc.
Fabulous tip from Riehl Events on how to budget for your wedding:
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To help you budget for your wedding, use thes percentages below to help you decide where your money could go: I would highly suggest thinking about budgeting for the planning items below which are not included in these percentages. Also the engagement ring and honeymoon are not included.
Percentages that represent an average wedding
2% Beauty, Health & Fitness
10% Bridal Attire
3% Decorations & Rentals
- Event Design/ Planning
3% Invitations & Accessories
- Life Planning
5% Music & Entertainment
9% Reception/Ceremony Venue
Robin from BrideAccess shares on Good Things Utah, "How to save money on the wedding."
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When my daughter Natalie got engagged I wondered where to start this process of planning a wedding? I asked her to think about her top priorities for her wedding. Then I asked her to write them down so I knew how to budget. It also helped me understand if I had to do one thing that was most important to her I knew what it was. I also asked her what was least important. I made a list and here it is for you to help you in your planning process or to make sure you are on track.
Place a number of importance next to the item
_____ Beauty Health and Fitness
_____ Bridesmaid Dresses
_____ Ceremony Site
_____ Decorations and Rentals
_____ Music / Entertainment
_____ Professional Services
_____ Reception Center
_____ Wedding Gown
I didn't know before I asked Natalie and I thought it was funny that her list was 1. wedding gown 2. wedding gown 3. wedding gown. That helped me know what mattered most - didn't it!
What's top on your list? What are you going to do to make this day unique to you?