Interesting Statistics on Weddings

I recently came across an interesting article regarding statistics for weddings in the United States.  There are still plenty of people out there getting married!

For your information, I am including the full text of the article here.  You may find it, along with various comments from readers, at

Here are some of the interesting statistics…


Statistics on Weddings in theUnited States

By Sound Vision staff writer

• 2.3 million couples wed every year in theUS. That breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day

• the average age of a bride in theUSis 25.3

• average age of a groom is 26.9

• average number of guests invited to a wedding is 178

• one-third of those getting married each year have been married before

The money behind the marriage

• $72 billion per year is spent on weddings

• the average wedding budget is $20,000

• $1,016 is the average cost of wedding rings for the bride and groom

• traditionally, the father of the bride would pay for everything. Today, however, the bride and groom themselves pay for the wedding about 30 percent of the time; the bride’s parents pay about 17 percent of the time. As for the rest of the time, costs are covered by different sources — the bride and groom and one or both sets of parents, according to surveys by Bride’s magazine.

• $19 billion per year is spent on wedding gift registries

• $8 billion per year is spent on honeymoons

• the average honeymoon budget is $3,657

• over  91 percent of all to-be-weds register for gifts. The couple receives gifts from an average of 200 guests

• most wedding guests spend between $70 and $100 on a gift

Timing of weddings

• June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September and October

here’s a monthly breakdown:
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%

Where do weddings take place?

80 percent of weddings are performed in churches or synagogues


• 99 percent of newlyweds take a honeymoon

• the average couple will spend three times more on their honeymoon than a regular vacation
• 40 percent of honeymooners will travel within the United States, about 60 percent will travel to a foreign country
• honeymoons usually last 7 to 9 days
• the most popular destinations are Las Vegas, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and
35 percent of brides and grooms have a valid passport

Other Interesting Info

the top wedding city in the world is Istanbul, Turkey with 166,000 for the year
•Las Vegas,Nevada is in second place with 114,000 weddings.

Sources for these statistics

US Census Bureau
The Knot (,
The Association for Wedding Professionals International ( (
American Demographics
Bride’s Millennium Report: Wedding Love & Money
Bride’s magazine



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