Wedding by Numbers

If you are knee-deep in wedding planning details it can be fun to pause and see some wedding-related statistics. Below are some number-based facts; how do yours compare?

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  • The average American engagement is 16 months.

  • The most popular month to get engaged is December, accounting for 1 in 5 engagements.
  • The average engagement ring costs $5,847 and 70% of brides-to-be are presented with a traditional diamond.
  • Each year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S.
  • The average wedding has 175 guests.
  • 20% of weddings are formal or black tie.
  • The average number of bridesmaids and groomsmen is 5 of each.
  • The 1st choice wedding cake is chocolate devil’s food cake with vanilla buttercream.
  • The top wedding destination is Las Vegas, the site of 100,000 weddings per year. Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are the two busiest “marriage” days in Las Vegas.
  • The number of wedding after-parties has increased by 11.5% in one year. In 2009, 30% of couples stayed late partying with their guests.
  • The top 10 “first dance” songs include The Way You Look Tonight, Just The Way You Are, Come Away With Me, Unforgettable, Wonderful Tonight, From this Moment On, This I Promise You, Thank you For Loving Me, Don’t Want to Miss A Thing, and All I Ask of You.
  • The average couple will spend three times more on their honeymoon than a regular vacation.

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Fact sources: The Knot, National Association of Wedding Ministers., BravoBride, Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette.
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