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How much would you be willing to spend on a wedding--either your own or your daughter's?
$2,000 and a ladder
$10,000 or less
$10,000 to $15,000
$15,000 to $20,000
$20,000 to $25,000
$25,000 to $30,000
$30,000 to $35,000
$35,000 to $40,000
$40,000 to $45,000
$45,000 to $50,000
More than $50,000
 
 
The Average Wedding Costs WHAT?

If you're the father of the bride, you might want to look for a second job.

The average cost of a wedding is $29,858--and that's if you're lucky. Oh, and that doesn't even count the honeymoon.

It could be worse: Fourteen percent of brides spend more than $40,000 on their wedding, while 24 percent said money was no object and didn't even have a budget.

That's the word from the fourth annual survey by TheKnot.com of nearly 13,000 U.S. brides and grooms who were married in 2013.

Fun facts to know and tell about the average costs of weddings:

  • Most expensive wedding location: Manhattan at $86,916, on average
  • Least expensive wedding location: Idaho at $16,159, on average
  • Wedding/Event Planner: $1,874
  • Ceremony site: $1,793
  • Reception venue: $13,385
  • Reception band: $3,469
  • Reception DJ: $1,038
  • Photographer: $2,440
  • Videographer: $1,700
  • Wedding gown: $1,281
  • Groom's tuxedo: $248
  • Florist/décor: $2,069
  • Invitations: $443
  • Wedding cake: $546
  • Ceremony musicians: $588
  • Catering cost per guest: $66
  • Limousine: $732
  • Favors: $281
  • Rehearsal dinner: $1,184
  • Engagement ring: $5,598
    (These figures are based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service.)

    Other fun facts to know and tell:

  • Average number of guests: 138
  • Average amount spent per guest: $220
  • Destination weddings: 24 percent
  • Age of the bride: 29
  • Age of the groom: 31
  • Number of bridesmaids and groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Average length of the engagement: 14 months
  • Most popular engagement month: December (16 percent)
  • Most popular wedding months: June and September (15 percent each)
  • Most popular wedding colors: blue (35 percent); purple (26 percent); pink (25 percent); metallics (25 percent)

    --From the Editors at Netscape

     
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