What's the Budget for Your Wedding?

Updated: Mar 6, 2019


2017 Q2 Average Cost of Wedding in the U.S. Remains Flat at $25,960

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The average amount U.S. couples are spending on their wedding as of 2017 Q2 was flat, down only by $1 to $25,960 from $25,961 in 2017 Q2. The average number of guests was 125, unchanged from 2017 Q1. The latest average wedding cost is based on 2,412 survey samples collected from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. Includes couples that were married and spent money on their upcoming wedding.

While average spending for most items remained flat, couples continue to spend less on services; such as, photography, video, and planning. Only Entertainment, Invitations, and event location saw some increase in spending. This means that couples will continue to be price sensitive to products and services that feel relatively the same from business to business.

Here’s what you can do; one, look for real opportunities to make yourself different with options that no other competitor can match. Two, streamline and automate your processes. Think, how can I make this process more functional, not emotional.

We’ll continue to monitor changes throughout this year and keep you informed of any major shifts we see. We have updated 2017 spending numbers for all markets to reflect the 2017 Q2 survey results.

Market Totals 2017 Q1 2017 Q2

Market Summary 25,961 $25,960

Attire & Accessories

Dress/Accessories $224 $223

Tuxedo/suit/other Accessories $103 $103

Tuxedo/suit/other Rent/purchase $208 $209

Wedding Dress/es $1,220 $1,218

Beauty & Hair Service $67 $67

Makeup Service $54 $54

Manicure & Pedicure $45 $45

Entertainment

DJ $735 $736

Live Band$1,698$1,7030.3%

Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble $619 $619

Flowers & Decorations

Bouquets $340 $339

Boutonnieres, Corsages $147 $147

Event Decorations $446 $445

Event Flowers & Arrangements $617 $613

Event Table Centerpieces $326 $326

Gifts & Favors

Gift/s for Attendants

Gift/s for Parents $122 $121

Tips (for all services) $384 $385

Wedding Favors $239 $239

Invitations

Ceremony Programs $127 $128

Engagement Announcements $108$1090.9%

Guest Book $61 $61

Invitations & Reply Cards $226 $225

Postage $105 $105

Reception Menus $125 $125

Save the Date Cards $112 $112

Escort/place Cards $85 $85

Thank You Cards $90 $90

Jewelry

Engagement Ring $3,406 $3,399

Wedding ring/band for HER $785 $782

Wedding ring/band for HIM $456 $455

Photography & Video

Digital or Photo cd/dvd $293 $290

Engagement Session $397 $394

Prints and/or Enlargements $238 $236

Wedding album/s $420 $417

Wedding Photographer $1,610 $1,606

Wedding Videographer$1,072$1,0740.2%

Planner/Consultant2017 Q12017 Q2Chg %

A La Carte Services$943$937-0.6%

Day of Coordinator$811$807-0.5%

For Getting Started$874$869-0.6%

Full Service$2,767$2,750-0.6%

Month of Direction$1,063$1,058-0.5%

Venue, Catering & Rentals2017 Q12017 Q2Chg %

Ceremony Officiator$214$213-0.5%

Event Accessories$327$326-0.3%

Event Bar Service$2,377$2,373-0.2%

Event Food Service$4,674$4,671-0.1%

Event Location$3,611$3,6130.1%

Event Rentals$1,737$1,736-0.1%

Hotel Room for After Reception$315$3150.0%

Limo Rental$483$482-0.2%

Other Transportation$518$515-0.6%

Rehearsal Dinner$572$570-0.3%

Wedding Cake/dessert$419$418-0.2%


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