Wedding season is upon us, so grab your checkbook (and the form for that home equity loan!) The CNN.com headline says it all: Brides and grooms spent more on their big wedding day last year than they have since the beginning of the economic downturn.
Wedding spending took a dive – relatively speaking – in 2008. Since then it has been slowly crawling back, according to CNN and TheKnot.com. So, let’s take a fun Friday look at Wedding Season by the Numbers – 2013 edition!
$28,427: The average cost of a wedding in 2012…down $1K since 2008
$76,687: Average cost in NYC…the highest
$15,504: Average cost in Alaska…the lowest
$204: Average cost per guest
26%: Number of couples who say “the economy” forced them to cut back on their plans…which is an improvement from 34% in 2009.
25%: Weddings that include shuttle buses between the ceremony and the reception.
27%: the percentage of weddings that include extra entertainment like photo booth or caricature artist – double the previous year!
There are many more statistics at the original story…so check it out!
Is your (or your kid’s) big day approaching? What do you think of these numbers? Let us know! And have a great weekend!