The Average Cost of a Wedding is…

The average cost dropped for the first time! While guests counts also dropped, unique sites and casual style are on the rise, with more focus on cultural elements and fun!  The trends show more creative ways to please guests and a focus on personal style. There is a renewed focus on less traditional activities as well as locations.  See how the wedding ‘norm’ is changing!

The National Average Cost of a Wedding Is $33,391

Originally published on February 28, 2018 by Maggie Seaver for The Knot

We surveyed nearly 13,000 couples married in 2017 for The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study and learned that unique venues and guest experience are taking priority. Here’s how today’s couples are spending their wedding budgets (hint: it’s all in the details!).

Ready to talk wedding budgets? The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study has finally arrived to reveal how much it really costs to say “I do” (and why). We polled nearly 13,000 US couples married in 2017 and learned the national average cost of a wedding is now $33,391, excluding the honeymoon.

In fact, couples are so excited to show their guests a good time that, while both the average spend and guest headcount have decreased, the average cost per guest has reached an all-time high at $268 (up from $194 in 2009). Custom guest entertainment has more than tripled, with up to 40 percent of newlyweds saying they splurged on fun reception amenities (think: sparklers, selfie stations, lawn games, candy bars and musical performances).


See how wedding trends continue to change, including how couples are using their budgets.  This information will help you find creative options that will make your wedding uniquely you! See how the Knot breaks down couple spending by category and region – The National Average Cost of a Wedding is $33,391

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