Our wire service just published these projected trends for weddings, I found them interesting, so I thought I would share them.

They estimate 2,219,264 weddings will happen in 2009, with the average number of guests at 166. ( only 20% of the weddings will have over 200 guests).

Average length of engagement is 16 months

92% of brides are getting married for the first time and 87% of the grooms are getting married for the first time

Average age of bride is 26 and average age of the groom is 28

49% of all ceremonies take place in a house of worship

65% of ceremonies occur indoors

35% of ceremonies occur outdoors

Average cost of the entire wedding is $29,614

Average cost of the wedding gown is $1,287

Average cost of a bridal bouquet is $150

Average cost of attendant’s bouquet is $ 47.50  ( This seems to be a little low, I think it should be more like $70 )

Average cost of flowers for the ceremony is $673

Average cost of flowers for the reception is $1039

Average cost of the wedding cake is $562

Average cost of wedding favors is $352

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