The Knot Unveils Annual Real Weddings Survey Results

The Knot Unveils Annual Real Weddings Survey Results

Often, brides and grooms are looking to set a budget for their fabulous wedding day, but don’t fully realize the costs of an “average” wedding. Often, sticker shock ensues after making a few calls to reception sites, videographers, florists, DJs and the such.  The Knot has completed an extensive study of 20,000 couples married in 2007 and their financial investment associated with the wedding

A few interesting notes:

$27,882 is the average wedding budget in the US (not including the honeymoon). Including the honeymoon, the average wedding budget in the US is $32,660.

The bulk of the average wedding budget is dedicated to the reception venue ($12,722, or 45%); followed by the reception band ($4,105 on average, or 15%); and photographer ($2,651 on average, or 9.5% of the total average wedding budget).

Destination weddings are more popular: With a destination wedding characterized as “200 or more miles away from where the bride and groom live (including non US locations)” and “at least 80% of guests requiring overnight accommodations” approximately 1 in 10 couples have a destination wedding (8-10%).

Couples spent 8% more on their photographers in 2007 vs. 2006 ($2,651 vs. $2,466).

A mix of traditional and photojournalistic photography is what most (71%) couples desire, while 18% chose to place emphasis on candid photos.

There was a 61% increase in use of digital-only photography at weddings.

The entire article can be read here at:

The Knot

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