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  • Wedding Cost In The U.S. For 2012 | How Much Does A Wedding Cost?

    Each year the cost of a wedding in the U.S. increases. Statistics for 2012 show that weddings increased approximately 1% from 2011. With so much involved in planning a wedding it is easy to see why. From the venue, meals, flowers thru the honeymoon it just seems to many couples that there isn't just enough money to go around.

    The following information is derived from the "Wedding Report" showing the breakdown of what brides and grooms paid for their wedding help in 2012. These expenses are an average across america so depending upon where your wedding is to be held, may vary more or less.
    The Knot estimated that there were more than 17,500 brides married in the United States. Budgets began increasing in 2011 following an economic turndown.

    Surveyed were 5,650 couples whose wedding occurred between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 according to the wedding report. Couples were of multiple ethnicities, incomes, first, second and third marriages. Small and large cities.

    When planning your wedding ceremony and reception I suggest you focus upon what will have the greatest impact upon the outcome of the event. Over spending on favors and cutting on the entertainment isn't necessarily a wise choice.

    The average cost of a getting married in 2011 was $25,631.00
    The average cost of a getting married in 2012 was $25,656.00
    The Knot claims the average cost of a wedding in 2012 was $28,427.00

    Attire and Accessories
    Dress Accessories $149.00
    Headpiece and/or Veil $108.00
    Tuxedo/Suit and other accessories $99.00
    Tuxedo/Suit and other rent/purchase $200.00
    Wedding Gown $1,187.00


    Beauty and Spa Service
    Hair $66.00
    Make-up $52.00
    Manicure and Pedicure $43.00


    Entertainment
    Disc Jockey $699.00
    Live Band $1,539.00
    Musicians, Soloist or Ensemble $537.00


    Flowers and Decorations
    Boutonnieres and Corsages $123.00
    Bridal Bouquet $132.00
    Bridesmaids Bouquets $162.00
    Ceremony Decorations $247.00
    Ceremony Flower Arrangements $276.00
    Flower Girl Flowers $78.00
    Flower Petals $84.00
    Reception Decorations $294.00
    Reception Flower Arrangements $309.00
    Reception Table Centerpieces $322.00


    Gifts and Favors
    Gifts For Attendants $100.00
    Gifts For Parents $103.00
    Tips (total) $361.00
    Wedding Favors $206.00


    Invitations
    Ceremony Programs $99.00
    Engagement Announcements $96.00
    Guest Book $55.00
    Invitations and Reply Cards $230.00
    Postage $100.00
    Reception Menu's $103.00
    Save The Date Cards $105.00
    Table Name/Escort Cards $70.00
    Thank You Cards $84.00


    Jewelry
    Engagement Ring $3,239.00
    Wedding Bands $1,186.00


    Photography and Video
    Digital or Photo CD/DVD $333.00
    Engagement Session $426.00
    Prints and/or Enlargements $230.00
    Traditional Leather Bound Album $473.00
    Wedding Photographer $1,664.00
    Wedding Videographer $1,052.00


    Planner/Consultant
    A La Carte Services $978.00
    Day Of Coordinator $851.00
    For Getting Started $838.00
    Full Service $3,448.00
    Month Of Direction $1,219.00

    Transportation
    Limousine Rental $471.00
    Other Transportation $468.00

    Venue, Catering and Rentals
    Ceremony Accessories $201.00
    Ceremony Location $1,194.00
    Ceremony Officiator $196.00
    Hotel Room After Reception $300.00
    Reception Accessories $195.00
    Reception Bar Service $2,456.00
    Reception Food Service $4,757.00
    Reception Location $3,226.00
    Reception Rentals $1,704.00
    Rehearsal Dinner $548.00
    Wedding Cake/Dessert $421.00



    Here are some additional wedding statistics derived from the Knot's survey for 2012.

    The most expensive place in the United States to get married is Manhattan. The average cost was $76,678.00

    The least expensive place in the United States to get married is Alaska.
    The average cost was $15,504.00

    The average marrying age for the bride is 29, while the average for the groom is 31 years.

    The average number of bridesmaids in the bridal party is 4 to 5. The same goes for the groomsmen.

    The most popular month to get engaged is in December at 16%.

    The average length of a couples engagement is 14 months.

    Currently the most popular month to get married is June at 17%.

    The most popular wedding colors are Blue at 33%, Purple at 26%, Green at 23% and Metallics at 23%.
    24% of all weddings are destination weddings. This figure appears to be on the rise for 2013.

    How much does a wedding cost cannot be precisely known based upon many variables. What does seem apparent is the wedding cost in the U.S. for 2012 increased and it's a good guess it will increase for 2013 as well.

    DJ Rockin Steve Credo
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    djrockinsteve@comcast.net