The Average Cost of a Wedding in 2020 | The Ascent (2022)

By:Christy Bieber |Published Sept. 2, 2020

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Weddings have become more than just a chance for a couple to express their commitment to each other -- they've become big business.

Couples budget, on average, around $23,000 for their wedding but end up spending around $30,000, with more than half of all couples increasing their projected spending during the planning process according to Wedding Wire's 2020 Newlywed Report.

With couples spending enough money to buy a car or put a down payment on a home on a one-day event, let's take a look at where this money goes, where it comes from, and who covers the costs.

Key findings

  • The average cost of a wedding in 2019 was $33,900.
  • New Jersey has the highest average cost at $53,400, with Utah taking the lowest spot at $19,700.
  • Shift weddings, microweddings, and minimonies have become more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Photography and food are the most common items to increase wedding budgets for.
  • The average wedding dress costs around $1,500.
  • Wedding photography costs an average of $2,400, while videography averages $1,799.
  • The average cost of a wedding cake is $540, but can vary widely.
  • Across all groups, parents of the bride and groom pay for 52% of wedding expenses.
  • 32% of couples pay for their wedding with a credit card.

How much does a wedding cost?

According to The Knot's 2019 Real Weddings Study, the average cost of a wedding in the United States came in at $33,900. This doesn't include the honeymoon, but does include the engagement ring.

However, it doesn't tell the whole story in terms of how much a wedding is likely to cost couples, as the price tag can vary substantially from state to state as well as based on the type of wedding.

How much does the average wedding cost across the U.S.?

Where you live can have a major impact on how much you spend to say "I do" to your beloved.

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In fact, weddings cost a whopping $33,700 more in New Jersey -- where couples have the honor of hosting the nation's most expensive weddings at an average price of $53,400 -- than in Utah, the cheapest place in the U.S. to get married (couples spend just $19,700 on average).

The extra $33,700 that Garden State residents spend would be enough to cover the full cost of an average wedding in 36 states!

Surprisingly, though, there are just three states in the country where the average cost of a wedding comes in at under $20,000 -- Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.

The table below shows the average price throughout the country:

StateAverage wedding cost in 2019
Alabama$25,500
Arkansas$21,800
Arizona$29,400
California$39,000
Colorado$30,000
Connecticut$41,000
Delaware$34,900
DC$40,600
Florida$30,600
Georgia$30,900
Hawaii$32,900
Idaho$19,800
Iowa$22,600
Illinois$39,700
Indiana$22,800
Kentucky$23,900
Kansas$22,400
Louisiana$33,900
Maine$33,500
Maryland$33,800
Massachusetts$43,600
Michigan$29,700
Minnesota$28,800
Mississippi$23,800
Missouri$26,600
Montana$23,000
Nebraska$23,300
Nevada$22,500
New Hampshire$32,100
New Jersey$53,400
New Mexico$25,600
New York$48,600
North Carolina$29,500
North Dakota & South Dakota $29,200
Ohio$29,300
Oklahoma$21,200
Oregon$22,400
Pennsylvania$35,900
Rhode Island$49,800
South Carolina$30,600
Tennessee$26,900
Texas$30,200
Utah$19,700
Vermont$38,300
Virginia$33,300
Washington$25,600
West Virginia$26,500
Wisconsin$27,800
Wyoming$19,800

Average wedding costs by type of wedding

Where you live isn't the only factor that affects how much you're likely to spend when you celebrate the start of your life with your beloved. The type of wedding also makes a difference:

  • Destination weddings average $32,000, while hometown weddings average $27,000.
  • First marriages weddings average $30,000, while second weddings average $14,000.
  • Millennials typically spend $30,000, while members of Gen Xers spend $20,000.

Hometown weddings come at a lower average cost than destination weddings for obvious reasons -- it's cheaper to stay local than to incur the costs of travel.

However, some of the extra wedding costs of a destination ceremony may be offset by a lower price tag for the honeymoon, assuming the couple celebrates in the location where the wedding was held.

It's surprising, though, that millennials -- who have faced unprecedented financial struggles -- tend to spend more on their nuptials than their older counterparts. This discrepancy could be explained by the fact that social media has played an increasingly important role in driving the price of weddings up. More than half of all couples set up their own wedding hashtag in 2019.

Sexual orientation made almost no difference at all in average wedding costs. Opposite-sex couples spent an average of $28,000 while same-sex couples spent just $500 more.

How much do weddings cost in the COVID-19 era?

For many betrothed couples, weddings will look very different in 2020 -- and perhaps beyond -- due to COVID-19.

With most states imposing limits on the number of people attending gatherings and with coronavirus continuing to spread, lavish affairs are being replaced with alternatives, including these three options:

  • Shift weddings still involve a large guest list, but guests attend at appointed times
  • Microweddings are typically small gatherings with under 50 guests. Most couples plan a larger reception at a later point.
  • Minimonies normally involve 10 or fewer guests, mostly including close family members.

While shift weddings will likely retain the high average cost of more traditional affairs, microweddings and minimonies come with much smaller price tags.

In fact, one venue that normally charges approximately $30,000 for a standard wedding with 300 guests has indicated microweddings cost an estimated $2,750 for up to 30 guests or $4,500 for up to 50 guests.

Median and average wedding costs differ

While average wedding costs can provide insight into what couples are spending, they don't always tell the whole story and can establish unreasonable expectations.

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By nature, averages can be skewed by some couples spending exorbitantly -- if, for example, two couples marry and one spends $1,000 and another spends $100,000, an average wedding cost of $50,500 isn't a very accurate representation of what either actually spent.

Median cost can shed more insight into what typical couples are spending, as it is the middle number in the list. Unfortunately, median cost isn't as widely available. However, a quick look at the most recent year in which median wedding cost data was published shows a substantial discrepancy between the median and average cost.

With the median coming in more than $10,000 below the average, it's likely that the average is skewed by some couples throwing over-the-top affairs while most spend a more reasonable sum.

Wedding budget breakdown: Where does the money go?

With tens of thousands of dollars on the line, it's important to understand what couples prioritize and where this money goes.

For most couples, budget increases are driven by five primary factors, according to Wedding Wire:

Wedding cost breakdown: Here's what the typical wedding budget looks like

The data below shows average wedding costs for different spending categories, according to Wedding Wire:

  • Venue: $10,500
  • Engagement rings: $5,900
  • Honeymoon: $5,000
  • Band: $3,700
  • Photography: $2,400
  • Alcohol/liquor: $2,300
  • Wedding rings: $2,200
  • Flowers: $2,000
  • Rehearsal dinner: $1,900
  • Videography: $1,800
  • Wedding dress: $1,600
  • Wedding planner: $1,500
  • Lighting and décor: $1,500
  • DJ: $1,200
  • Guest entertainment: $1,000
  • Transportation: $800
  • Invitations/stationery: $560
  • Cake/desserts: $500
  • Wedding musicians (e.g., soloist, ensembles): $450
  • Favors and gifts: $400
  • Groom's attire: $300
  • Jewelry: $200
  • Officiant: $250
  • Groomsmen attire (each): $180
  • Bridesmaid dress (each): $140
  • Hairstylist (bride): $110
  • Makeup artist (bride): $100
  • Makeup artists wedding party (each): $70
  • Hairstylist wedding party (each): $70
  • Catering (per head): $70

Not all couples will incur all of these expenses, and some will choose to spend far less on certain areas in order to splurge on others.

Let's take a closer look at variation in costs for some of these major categories.

Average wedding venue cost

Where you get married can be one of the biggest drivers of cost, as the price tag of the most expensive venues can be several thousand dollars more than the least expensive.

In fact, according to Wedding Forward, here's the average cost of different wedding venues:

  • Community or event center: $2,000 to $24,000
  • Country or private club: $2,000 to $18,000
  • Banquet hall: $2,000 to $23,000
  • City buildings: $4,000 to $23,000
  • Museum or art gallery: $4,000 to $11,000
  • Brewery or winery: $5,000 to $10,000
  • Hotel or resort: $5,000 to $74,000
  • Barn: $6,000 to $13,000
  • National or city park: $7,600 to $14,000

Average cost of wedding flowers

Wedding flowers are surprisingly complicated, with more than 15 different types of possible arrangements to consider. Brides.com provides some details on what couples can expect to pay for some of the different floral items at their wedding.

  • Bridal bouquet: $150 to $350
  • Bridesmaid bouquet: $65 to $125
  • Boutonniere: $24 to $45
  • Pin-on corsage: $32 to $48
  • Wrist corsage: $48 to $65
  • Reception flowers: $75 to $250
  • Flower girl petals: $65 per bag
  • Altar flowers: $75 to $500
  • Arrangement next to sign-in book: $150 to $250
  • Arrangement next to place cards: $65 to $125
  • Head table centerpiece: $65 to $150
  • Sweetheart table garland: $12 to $45 per foot
  • Guest table centerpiece: $75 to $400
  • Cake flowers: $25 to $150
  • Flower crown: $45 to $125

Mixing low- and high-priced florals can help keep budget costs down, as can reusing flowers from the ceremony at the reception and choosing flowers that are in season.

Average wedding dress costs

Most brides dream of finding the perfect gown, but the price of perfection isn't cheap. When looking at the average cost of a wedding dress in every state, Insider DATA found that most states came in around $1,500.

In addition to the dress itself, brides may need to pay for extras including:

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  • Accessories such as shoes, veils or tiaras, jewelry, and a clutch purse. Wedding Forward reports these accessories typically cost between $350 and $500.
  • Undergarments, which average around $200 in cost.
  • Alterations, which can cost between $500 and $600 if they're not included by your bridal shop.
  • Cleaning and preservation, which could come at a combined cost of around $500.

Average cost of a wedding photographer or wedding videographer

More than 90% of couples hired a photographer in 2019, according to The Knot. This didn't come cheap at an average price of $2,400.

However, as this data from Wedding Forward shows, the cost depends on the skill level of the person taking the pictures. Here's what you can expect to spend if you hire photographers with varying levels of experience:

  • Student: $500 to $1,500
  • Semi-pro: $1,000 to $2,500
  • Professional: $2,500 to $10,000
  • Grandmaster: $6,000 and up

For couples who want to capture their magical moments on video, rather than just on film, the average videographer comes at a price of $1,799 according to Wedding Wire.

However, most couples spend anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 with the cost determined in large part by the amount of time your videographer spends at your event as well as the level of editing requested.

Average cost of a wedding cake

For couples looking to end the night with something sweet, wedding cakes typically cost anywhere from $1.50 to $12.00 per slice, with the overall average landing at $540, according to Wedding Forward. Factors that affect the price include

  • ingredients,
  • design,
  • number of tiers,
  • frosting type,
  • delivery fees, and
  • equipment rentals.

Unfortunately, couples hoping that alternatives such as wedding cupcakes may cost them less will likely be disappointed as Wedding Forward reports that common options such as wedding cupcakes or cake pops carry an average price tag of $2.50 to $4.00 per serving -- on par with a low- to mid-priced cake.

How much does a wedding planner cost?

With so many moving parts to make up a perfect wedding, many couples turn to a professional for help planning it all. An estimated 30% of couples hire a wedding planner to take care of some or all of the logistics, according to Wedding Wire.

While the average cost of this professional help comes at a price of around $1,500, the price tag depends what type of assistance your planner provides.

Couples have the option of choosing

  • a full-service planner;
  • a day-of coordinator;
  • a wedding-weekend or destination-wedding coordinator; or
  • a professional who offers a-la-carte services and assists with only a specific aspect of wedding preparations.

Obviously, the less assistance a planner provides, the lower the price will be.

How much does a small wedding cost?

The average wedding size is 131 guests, according to The Knot. Having so many people present for your big day is a wonderful way to celebrate, but it's also one of the reasons weddings have such a high price tag.

With catering alone averaging $70 per person, every 10 people you can cut from your guest list could save you as much as $700.

A smaller wedding could also enable you to reduce the size of your venue and save on alcohol.

As many as 92% of couples serve alcohol at their wedding, and the average cost of adult beverages is approximately $2,300, according to The Knot.

Who pays the costs of the average wedding?

With such a high price tag, it can be hard for many couples to cover the costs of the typical wedding. Many get help from their parents while others use savings or even charge wedding-related purchases on their credit cards.

The charts below show how costs are split among the couple, their parents, and other generous contributors, along with how couples come up with the funds to pay for their special event.

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Percent of wedding paid for:

PayerAllMillennialsGenXLGBTQ2nd Marriage
Couples47%42%78%61%88%
Parents52%56%20%37%10%
Other1%2%2%2%2%

Here's where couples draw money from to pay for their part of the wedding:

The average cost of a wedding around the world

The United States is far from the only country where couples spend extravagantly on their nuptials. The data below from WeddingWire shows the average price of a wedding around the world in U.S. dollars, using currency conversion rates as of March 2019.

The United States is the most expensive on the list by a wide margin in terms of average cost, but couples across the globe have a keen interest in making their wedding special and are willing to pay a relatively high price in order to do so.

What about wedding insurance?

Unfortunately, weddings aren't immune to unforeseen circumstances. (If you've lived through 2020, you know just how true this is.) Which is where wedding insurance comes in.

Wedding insurance policies cover a wide variety of items, from lost rings to injured guests.

Cancellation insurance covers the deposits you made on the venue, DJ, vendors, photography, and so on. It might also cover loss or damage of attire, rings, cake, gifts, and other items, depending on the provisions in your policy.

Liability insurance covers injuries to the people who attend your wedding.

So how much does all of that cost?

According to The Knot, you'll pay between $155 and $550 for a basic cancellation policy that covers things like rings, attire, gifts, and deposits. General liability insurance will cost about $185.

In general, $200 to $400 is probably a safe bet for the average wedding insurance. But costs and levels of coverage can vary widely, so be sure to check multiple options.

Your big day will almost assuredly come with a substantial wedding budget

No matter how you add it up, the cost of a wedding is likely to be several thousand dollars at a minimum, even for a small affair.

Couples would be well-advised to consider their budgets carefully and make sound decisions during the entirety of the wedding planning process, including setting limits up front -- and sticking to them.

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Those who are involved in the wedding planning process should likely also aim to pay for as much of the wedding in cash as possible, rather than relying on credit cards that can carry high interest rates. Charging wedding costs can sometimes add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to the final price tag depending on how long the couple pays finance charges.

By taking a financially-responsible approach to their special event, couples should be better able to avoid starting their married life with the substantial wedding debt that can result from such a lavish affair.

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FAQs

How much is the average wedding UK 2022? ›

With the average cost of a wedding in the UK sitting at £30,000, our research showed this average is 200% higher than what one in three Brits are willing to pay. In fact, when analysing the data, we found that only one in ten Brits said they would be happy to spend between £21,000 – £30,000.

How much does average UK wedding cost? ›

The average wedding in the UK in 2021 cost £17,300.

This is 90% up on the average cost of a wedding in 2020, which was £9,100. It's a huge yearly increase, but it does make sense when you consider the limitations on weddings in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How much do wedding venues cost 2022? ›

What are the starting prices for wedding venues in London? The average cost of a wedding venue in London is £3850 per session. However, prices can start as low as £20 hire per hour or £25 package per person.

How much is a wedding in California 2022? ›

All told, the Wedding Report's average cost for a 2022 wedding sits at around $27,000, which is about on par with 2021 costs.

How much is a wedding for 100 guests? ›

The cost depends on the number of people attending. On average, the typical wedding budget in the Philippines for this type of setup is around ₱50,000 to ₱300,000 for 100 pax. That cost can still go down depending on what you include and take out.

Is 15000 a lot for a wedding? ›

If your budget is $15,000, you can still have an amazing wedding. With a $15,000 budget, the key is to keep the guest list to 50 people or fewer. Other ways to keep costs within your budget include sending invitations through email or choosing a venue's buffet package rather than a plated dinner.

What is a realistic budget for a wedding? ›

The average cost of a wedding in 2021 was $28,000 (including the ceremony and reception), according to The Knot's 2021 Real Weddings Study. Here's what you should know about wedding costs and how to realistically estimate how much you'll spend to take the plunge.

How Much Should bride's parents pay for wedding UK? ›

"For parents that do choose to contribute, it has been said that the bride's parents contribute around 45 per cent, whilst the groom's parents contribute 15 per cent.

Who pays for most of the wedding? ›

You might be aware that the bride's family is expected to cover the majority of the wedding day costs, while the groom's family pays for a variety of extra activities, like the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon.

Is 30000 a lot for a wedding? ›

After paying for a venue, rings, a wedding dress, food and alcohol, and all the other things that make up a wedding, it's pretty hard to stay frugal. The average American wedding costs $30,000, according to The Knot, a popular wedding planning website. $30,000!

Is 5000 enough for a wedding? ›

If you're keen on keeping to a $5,000 budget for your wedding, it's totally possible. View the real $5k weddings on The Budget Savvy Bride to get inspiration from other couples who've planned a $5,000 wedding.

How much do wedding venues cost UK? ›

Wedding Venue Cost

Hiring a village hall for example could set you back £200 or more. But if you wanted to exclusively hire a country estate, with all the bells and whistles, it could cost £5000, even £10,000 or more. A lot of official wedding venues charge per head and can include catering, drinks and much more.

What is the average cost of a wedding with 150 guests? ›

In the United States, most weddings with 150 guests cost between $28,000 and $38,000, with an average price tag of around $33,000. This figure will vary depending on the site's location, cuisine and drinks offered, as well as other variables.

Is 75 people a lot for a wedding? ›

Mason considers 75 to 150 guests to be an “average” size wedding, and anything over 150 to be a “large” wedding. For weddings under 75, she breaks them down into three categories: Intimate wedding: Between 50 and 75 guests. Small wedding: Less than 50 guests.

Who pays for what in a wedding 2022? ›

Traditionally the bride and her family cover the wedding dress, veil, and accessories. And typically the groom and his family would cover his outfit. Same goes today with two grooms or two brides! You'll typically cover your own costs.

Is 150 wedding guests a lot? ›

How many guests are typically invited to each size wedding? These numbers may vary a little depending on who you're speaking with, but a small wedding typically includes 50 people or under, a medium wedding has a guest list of anywhere from 50-150 guests, and a large wedding has over 150 attendees.

Is 300 people a lot for a wedding? ›

The average wedding guest list is around 167 people in 2021. Smaller weddings usually hover around 50 people, while larger celebrations can reach up to 300 or more guests.

Is 100K enough for wedding? ›

Working with a ₱100K wedding budget in the Philippines is totally doable, especially for a small wedding. But you and your partner should be on the same page when it comes to your wedding budget. You both should agree to spend not more than ₱100,000 for the entire wedding.

Is 20000 alot for a wedding? ›

With the right planning and budgeting, a budget of $20,000 for your wedding will result in a spectacular day. It is not far off from the average cost of weddings for 2021 — $22,500.

How do people afford a big wedding? ›

7 Best Ways To Pay For a Wedding
  1. Set a realistic budget. ...
  2. Ask family and friends to chip in (when appropriate) ...
  3. Save during your engagement. ...
  4. Pick up a temporary side hustle. ...
  5. Cut costs on lower-priority items. ...
  6. Take advantage of credit card rewards. ...
  7. Consider a personal loan.
29 Oct 2019

How do I plan a 30k wedding? ›

A $30,000 Wedding Budget Breakdown
  1. Church/Ceremony Rental: $400.
  2. Wedding Planner: $2,800.
  3. Reception Venue and Full-Service Catering: $17,000, including all food, alcohol, rentals, and staff for 140 guests.
  4. Flowers: $2,500.
  5. Photography and Videography: $4,000.
  6. Attire: $1,400 dress; $250 suit.
  7. Live Band: $3,000.
21 Jan 2015

Can you plan a wedding with a 3000 budget? ›

If you're limited on funds and still want to throw an amazing wedding, it's completely doable, you just have to put in a little work. A cheap wedding doesn't have to be a drab, boring, or unmemorable affair, either. For wedding ideas that won't cost you a ton of money, you just need to think outside the box a little.

How do you spend 1000 for a wedding? ›

Follow these important steps to plan a wedding on a $1,000 budget.
  1. Make Sure to Create a Check List. ...
  2. Buy Cheap and Elegant Wedding Dress. ...
  3. Find Cheap Wedding Venues. ...
  4. Make it a Family Affair. ...
  5. Getting Wedding Flowers. ...
  6. Cheap Wedding Decorations. ...
  7. Think About Preparing Dessert and Food Items by Yourself. ...
  8. Don't Hire a Photographer.
31 Aug 2020

How much should I give my daughter for her wedding? ›

Of course, it would be amazing to give your daughter thousands and thousands of dollars as a wedding gift, but not at the risk of making your own financial situation dire. Depending on their relationship with the bride, wedding guests typically give between $50 – $150 when making a monetary gift.

How much should a parent pay for a daughter's wedding? ›

So here's how it breaks down. On average, the bride's parents usually spend 44 percent of the overall budget, while the couple contributes 43 percent and the groom's parents pop for about 12 percent.

What do parents of the groom pay for? ›

What Does the Groom's Family Pay For, Traditionally? The groom's family is responsible for corsages and boutonnieres for immediate members of both families, the lodging of the groom's attendants (if you have offered to help pay for this expense), and sometimes the costs of the rehearsal dinner.

How much do parents pay for wedding? ›

According to the WeddingWire Newlywed Report, parents pay for 52% of wedding expenses, while the couple pays for 47% (the remaining 1% is paid for by other loved ones)—so parents are still paying for a majority of the wedding, though couples are chipping in fairly significantly.

Do brides parents still pay for wedding? ›

Even though many modern couples are breaking wedding traditions left and right, one tradition is definitely sticking: parents paying for the wedding. To be fair, many couples do try to pay for some of the wedding, but it seems a hefty percentage is still being shelled out by both sides of the family.

What does the groom pay for UK? ›

Traditionally, the bride's family pays for the wedding reception (including the venue, food and drink) while the groom pays for the honeymoon. However, there's transport and the church or ceremony fees, hen parties and plenty of other costs to factor in.

How big is a 300 person wedding? ›

A venue that is at least 3,000 square feet can accommodate around 250 wedding guests, while a 3,700 square foot venue can accommodate about 300 guests. You will also want to consider the space you will need for: The head table.

What is the cheapest way to have a big wedding? ›

Here are seven ways to keep wedding costs down and help you stay on budget!
  1. Limit your guest list. ...
  2. Host the ceremony or reception at home or outside. ...
  3. Ask friends and family to exchange skills for presents. ...
  4. Do-it-yourself whenever possible. ...
  5. Use a dummy wedding cake. ...
  6. Time your wedding wisely. ...
  7. Scout out vendors.
10 May 2022

Is a 10k wedding possible? ›

However, just because you have a tighter budget for your wedding, doesn't mean you need to make tons of sacrifices or go into debt. Because contrary to what you may have heard, planning a beautiful wedding under $10,000 is completely attainable.

Are smaller weddings cheaper? ›

A smaller guest list means a lower-cost wedding for so many reasons. You book a smaller venue (about half the cost of the average wedding). You also have a more modest cost for food, beverages, service, tables and table settings, linens, and invitations.

Why are weddings so expensive UK? ›

The average cost of a wedding in the UK this year is £31,974, 54% higher than £20,799 in 2014 – and the main reason for the price hike is social media pressure according to Hitched's National Wedding Survey 2019.

How much does a simple wedding cost UK? ›

50+ tips to cut the cost of dresses, venues, cakes & more

Experts estimate the typical wedding now costs anywhere from £9,000 to a heartbreaking £32,000 – but there are ways to cut back. This guide has a host of tips, including used bridal gown sites and how to nab an all-in reception package for less than £1,000.

Is 150 enough for wedding? ›

If you've been invited to a wedding with a date, that $150 number is more appropriate for wedding gift money etiquette. Again, think of your relationship with the couple. For closer friends and family, you may want to consider going to $200, or higher if you can afford it.

Is 80 guests a small wedding? ›

Small weddings can range in size, but typically include around 20-80 people and are just as special — and potentially a lot less expensive — than a large celebration.

How much should I spend as a wedding guest? ›

The average wedding gift amount hovers right around $100, which is a great place to start, and you can increase or decrease that based on how close you are. If you're very close or related to the couple (and have the wiggle room in your budget), you may choose to spend more—about $150 per guest (or $200 from a couple).

What is the average wedding size UK? ›

Despite guest numbers being capped at 15 and 30 until 21st July 2021, couples in 2021 managed to have a wedding guest list of around 72 guests, on average.

What percentage of guests do not attend a wedding? ›

“A general overall percentage between 75-85 percent of wedding guests usually attend.” The breakdown: 85 percent of local guests, 55 percent of out-of-town guests, and 35 percent of destination wedding guests will show up, Buckley said.

How many bridesmaids is normal? ›

On average, you'll find that most brides choose to have between 4 to 6 bridesmaids . Also, it is not necessary to match the number of bridesmaids to the groomsmen .

Who pays for the brides dress? ›

The Bride's Family

Nowadays, perhaps a sweet grandmother offers to purchase your gown, or perhaps you're paying for it on your own. The bride's family also pays for big-ticket items such as a wedding planner, the bachelorette party, and ceremony reception costs (music, guest favors, rentals, etc.).

What should the mother of the groom not do? ›

Here are a few things a mother-of-the-groom shouldn't do.
  • Don't overshadow the bride's mother. ...
  • Don't act (or dress) like a bridesmaid. ...
  • Don't get too critical. ...
  • Don't steal the bride's spotlight with your mother-of-the-groom outfit. ...
  • Don't try to invite extra guests. ...
  • Don't skip the pre-wedding events.
2 Jul 2019

Should the father of the bride pay for the wedding? ›

Traditionally, the father of the bride is financially responsible for the wedding. Nowadays, that's not always the case, and that's okay. Sometimes the bride and groom will contribute, as well the parents of the groom. Even if you're not paying for the wedding, offer to help deliver payments to the vendors.

Is 2022 going to be a big wedding year? ›

The 2022 wedding season is well underway, and with many COVID-19 restrictions lifted, couples are set to make this a record year for tying the knot. According to the national trade group The Wedding Report, the number of couples getting married is up about 30% from 2021 — the most since 1984.

Who pays for what in a wedding 2022? ›

Traditionally the bride and her family cover the wedding dress, veil, and accessories. And typically the groom and his family would cover his outfit. Same goes today with two grooms or two brides! You'll typically cover your own costs.

What is the best month to get married in 2022 UK? ›

In the UK, the peak wedding season is typically between May to October. During the height of summer, between June and August, is when the majority of UK weddings take place.

Is 5000 enough for a wedding? ›

If you're keen on keeping to a $5,000 budget for your wedding, it's totally possible. View the real $5k weddings on The Budget Savvy Bride to get inspiration from other couples who've planned a $5,000 wedding.

What is the hardest year of marriage? ›

According to relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein, LCSW, as it turns out, the first year really is the hardest—even if you've already lived together. In fact, it often doesn't matter if you've been together for multiple years, the start of married life is still tricky.

Whats the most popular wedding month? ›

The most popular months to get married are from the months of May to October. More specifically, September takes first place at 16 percent, followed by June with 15 percent, and lastly October, at 14 percent. This means that the most popular wedding seasons are Fall/Autumn, and Summer.

What is the most common wedding date? ›

If you're saying "I do" on October 22, 2022, you've officially landed the number-one most popular wedding date of the year. According to The Knot Real Weddings Study, around 90,000 U.S. couples will marry on this date in 2022.

What do parents of the groom pay for? ›

What Does the Groom's Family Pay For, Traditionally? The groom's family is responsible for corsages and boutonnieres for immediate members of both families, the lodging of the groom's attendants (if you have offered to help pay for this expense), and sometimes the costs of the rehearsal dinner.

What is a reasonable wedding budget? ›

The average cost of a wedding in 2021 was $28,000 (including the ceremony and reception), according to The Knot's 2021 Real Weddings Study. Here's what you should know about wedding costs and how to realistically estimate how much you'll spend to take the plunge.

Do brides parents still pay for wedding? ›

Even though many modern couples are breaking wedding traditions left and right, one tradition is definitely sticking: parents paying for the wedding. To be fair, many couples do try to pay for some of the wedding, but it seems a hefty percentage is still being shelled out by both sides of the family.

What is the rarest month to get married? ›

In most parts of the country, the deep winter months (January, February and March) are the least popular for weddings. In fact, only 5% of weddings take place during winter, according to our study. Per our data, 3% of weddings took place in December, 1% took place in January and 1% took place in February.

What is the best age to get married UK? ›

The data results concluded that couples who got married in your late thirties had a higher chance of splitting than those who wed in their late 20s. So, what's the age bracket, you ask? According to this study, and let's take this with a pinch of salt, shall we?, It's between the ages of 28 and 32.

What's the best age to get married? ›

“The ideal age to get married, with the least likelihood of divorce in the first five years, is 28 to 32,” says Carrie Krawiec, a marriage and family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy, Michigan. “Called the 'Goldilocks theory,' the idea is that people at this age are not too old and not too young.”

Is 30k alot for a wedding? ›

The average wedding costs $30,000. That's incredible but understandable when you start adding up all the "standard" wedding costs. After paying for a venue, rings, a wedding dress, food and alcohol, and all the other things that make up a wedding, it's pretty hard to stay frugal.

Is a 10k wedding possible? ›

However, just because you have a tighter budget for your wedding, doesn't mean you need to make tons of sacrifices or go into debt. Because contrary to what you may have heard, planning a beautiful wedding under $10,000 is completely attainable.

Is 150 people a lot for a wedding? ›

Mason considers 75 to 150 guests to be an “average” size wedding, and anything over 150 to be a “large” wedding. For weddings under 75, she breaks them down into three categories: Intimate wedding: Between 50 and 75 guests. Small wedding: Less than 50 guests.

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