Holy...Matrimony! The Average Bride Spends $26,989 On Her Wedding
Brides released its annual wedding study yesterday, looking into the habits of brides and grooms in 2012…and let's just say that we are all crazy.
More than ever, weddings are becoming blockbuster events for a couple, and an opportunity to show off their unique, personalized, and expensive tastes to their friends and families (and the cameras).
This year, the average cost of weddings increased to $26,989 (to be fair though, more couples nowadays — 36% compared to 29% in 2009 — are paying for the wedding themselves rather than relying on their parents), the average wedding gown costs $1,355, the average bridesmaid dress $145, the average groomsman outfit rounds out at $137, and the average for honeymoon attire (hold up — that's a thing?) has increased to $902. Most interestingly, 59% of couples use Pinterest to find and organize wedding inspiration, which explains how 31% have custom cocktails at their weddings.
Intrigued? Click through for more fun facts after the break! (Brides)
Photo: Via Kate Headley/Brides