2012 Wedding Statistics

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This is a very large country where brides and grooms and wedding planners dream up and create very different events. Many of the styles, options, and costs are driven by where you are planning an event. Of course, Big City Bride knows Chicago wedding planning but it’s fascinating to see what is being planned elsewhere! This gives a little insight. The below wedding statistics from the incredible research done by The Knot (XO Group Inc.) reflect their 2012 findings. 
A note about Chicago wedding budgets – they found the average wedding budget for a Chicago wedding was $49,810 in 2012! That came in as number two beneath New York City (Manhattan) wedding budgets averaging $76,687!
Average Wedding Budget: $28,427 (excludes honeymoon)
Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,678 average spend
Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Alaska, $15,504 average spend
Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,211
Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
Average Number of Guests: 139
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 (17%)
Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (33%), Purple (26%), Green (23%), Metallics (23%)
Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%