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