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Statistics on Weddings in the
United States
- 2.3 million couples wed every year in the US. That breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day!
- 72% of all brides said "they wish they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment".
- Entertainment, on the average, is 4% of the cost of the entire reception (Jayden Thomas Entertainment feels that securing the right entertainment represents 80% of the success of the reception).
- During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer - reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides said they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
- When asked, 81% of guests say the thing they remembered most about a wedding is the entertainment / reception.
- 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen an Entertainer or Disc Jockey. (Our Comment: This is mainly due to the fact that DJ’s don’t typically take breaks, and we are more versatile in accommodating requests and customizing the entertainment. We have yet to see a band perform the garter auction, bouquet toss, grand march, etc.).
- Average age of a bride in the US is 25.3.
- Average age of a groom is 26.9
- Average number of guests invited to a wedding is 178.
- One-third of those getting married each year have been married before.
The Money Behind The Marriage
- $72 billion per year is spent on weddings.
-93% of the brides say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
- The average wedding budget is $20,000.
- The average wedding DJ nationally costs $1,200 - $1,500.
- $1,016 is the average cost of wedding rings for the bride and groom.
- Traditionally, the father of the bride would pay for everything. Today, however, the bride and groom themselves pay for the wedding about 30 percent of the time; the bride's parents pay about 17 percent of the time. As for the rest of the time, costs are covered by different sources -- the bride and groom and one or both sets of parents, according to surveys by Bride's magazine.
- $19 billion per year is spent on wedding gift registries.
- $8 billion per year is spent on honeymoons.
- The average honeymoon budget is $3,657.
- Over 91 percent of all to-be-weds register for gifts. The couple receives gifts from an average of 200 guests.
- Most wedding guests spend between $70 and $100 on a gift.
Timing of Weddings
- June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September and October in the Northern part of the US. The south is the complete opposite
Monthly breakdown:
January 4.7%
February 7.0%
March 6.1%
April 7.4%
May 9.8%
June 10.8%
July 9.7%
August 10.2%
September 9.6%
October 9.4%
November 7.4%
December 7.8%
- 99 percent of newlyweds take a honeymoon.
- The average couple will spend three times more on their honeymoon than a regular vacation.
40 percent of honeymooners will travel within the United States and about 60 percent will travel to a foreign country.
- Honeymoons usually last 7 to 9 days.
- The most popular destinations are Las Vegas, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Jamaica.
35 percent of brides and grooms have a valid passport.
Other Interesting Info
- The top wedding city in the world is Istanbul, Turkey with 166,000 weddings for the year
Las Vegas, Nevada is in second place with 114,000 weddings.

Sources for our statistics:

US Census Bureau
The Knot (,
The Association for Wedding Professionals International ( (
American Demographics
Bride's Millennium Report: Wedding Love & Money
Bride's magazine
St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine in 2003
Simmons, 2001;
USA Today, 2002
National Bridal Service, 2001
The Knot, 2002
Brides Magazine, 2001