Weddings in numbers |

Weddings in numbers

Special to the Daily

– 2.3 million couples wed every year in the United States. That breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day.

– The average age of a bride in the United States is 25.3.

– The average age of a groom is 26.9.

– The average number of guests invited to a wedding is 178.

– One-third of those getting married each year have been married before.

– June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September and October.

– 80 percent of weddings are performed in churches or synagogues.

– The top wedding city in the world is Istanbul, Turkey with 166,000 weddings per year.

– Las Vegas is in second place with 114,000 annual weddings.

– 99 percent of newlyweds take a honeymoon.

– The average couple will spend three times more on their honeymoon than on a regular vacation.

– $8 billion per year is spent on honeymoons.

– The average honeymoon budget is $3,657.

– 40 percent of all couples travel within the United States, about 60 percent 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.

– $72 billion per year is spent on weddings.

– The average wedding budget is $20,000.

– $1,016 is the average cost of wedding rings for the bride and groom.

– Traditionally, the father of the bride pays 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.

– More than 91 percent of all to-be-weds register for gifts. Couples receive gifts from an average of 200 guests.

– Most wedding guests spend between $70 and $100 on a gift.

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