2011 Wedding Statistics & Trends

A Wedding Survey of 18,000 US brides was conducted by TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com.

The 2011 Real Weddings Survey results reveal that wedding budgets are increasing for the first time in 5 years!

Top Wedding Trends

  • Bigger Budgets. For the first time in 5 years, the average wedding budget has grown from the previous year. Things are finally looking good for the economy!
  • Wedding Planning is starting earlier, sometimes before the engagement!
  • Luxury Weddings (over $100,000) are popular, 74% of which are 3 days or longer.  Luxury brides are choosing traditional color palettes, including ivory, champagne and metallics.
  • Casual Weddings (less formal dress code) are on the rise. Although Long Island weddings are the most formal, with 37% being black tie.
  • While summer is still the reigning “wedding season”, Fall Weddings are becoming more popular. In 2011 the fall dates of 9/10/11 and 11/11/11 were very popular.
  • Purple is the fastest-growing wedding color. The most popular wedding colors for 2011 were #1 – Blue, #2 – Purple, #3 – Green and #4 – Pink.
  • Interactive Entertainment, such as photo booths and comedians, is on the rise. Couples are investing in Interactive Food Stations, such as wine tastings and sushi chefs.
  • Cupcakes are still popular, but the wedding cake is not going away anytime soon, with 67% of brides still serving a traditional tiered wedding cake.
  • Technology.  Most couples have a wedding website.  And more of the wedding planning is now done on smartphones and other portable devices.

2011 Wedding Statistics

Source: PriceScope

  • Average Wedding Budget: $27,021 (not including honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan ($65,824 on average)
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: West Virginia  ($14,203 on average)
  • Average Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 30 (Hawaii has the oldest brides – 31)
  • Average Number of Guests: 141 (Iowa brides invite the most guests)
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4-5 (Same for the Groomsmen!)
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: September (15%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

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