The Numbers are In!!!
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According to the Knot, the latest wedding statistics are in. For 2014:
- Average Wedding Cost: $31,213 (excludes honeymoon)
- Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,328 average spend
- Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Utah, $15,257 average spend
- Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,357
- Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
- Average Number of Guests: 136
- Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
- Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
- Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
- Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
- Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (15%) followed by October (14%)
- Popular Wedding Colors: Ivory/White (44%), Blue (37%), Pink (28%), Metallics (26%), Purple (23%)
- Dark blue specifically has continued to grow every year, from 10% in 2008 to 24% in 2014
- Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%
WOOO. Take a deep breath. Remember theses are average which mean, some spent more and some spent less. You must determine what you and your partner are comfortable with. After all, this is your riveting life to remember.
Hope you are enjoying the New Year. Congratulations if you got engaged over the holidays!
There are a couple of things you should do first:
- Enjoy this time.
- Share the good news if you haven’t.
- Take time to talk.
- Set a budget, time and location.
There are a lot of questions once you realize you are getting married. Hopefully you have told your love ones about your good news. After that engaged couples usually will run online and find a bridal book that has pockets and dividers and looks great. Well that is great but these books will not answer your questions.
To start, have a conversation with your fiancée and talk about what you all dream your wedding will be. Is it small and intimate or filled with both of your large families. Will it be in your backyard, at your favorite restaurant or in an immaculate hotel? Once you have answered this question, start a list of the people who you would like to invite to get a sense of your guest count. This will help you find venues that can fit the people who you invite.
Next look at money. Will your both pay for the whole affair or will other contribute to your wedding? How much will everyone spend. When will the money be available to put down for deposits.
There are a lot of thing to think about before you send out your invitations. Enjoy planning.