If you like stats, you’ll love this article. Compare recent years and see how you line up with the current trends. Weddings continue to evolve with couples looking to make their day unique. You might be surprised with how things are changing. This report is divided into five categories: Engagement, Planning, Couples, Wedding Traditions and Average Wedding Cost
2018 Newlywed Report – weddingwire.com
Originally published on March 18th, 2018 by Wedding Wire
No two weddings are alike, which is what keeps the wedding industry so fascinating year after year. From celebratory hashtags and social media announcements to mixed-gender wedding parties and the inclusion of local food, it’s no surprise that personalization is the one constant theme. In this year’s Newlywed Report, you’ll notice a continued shift in the traditional wedding season and how couples are relying on technology from the engagement through their wedding day. Planning is also starting earlier than ever before.
‘Tis the season for proposals, as nearly 40% of all engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. While 52% of individuals are surprised by the ring, 1 in 3 show their partner photos of the ring and/or style they like. (Fun Fact: 3 out of 4 Millennials even go beyond the ring and start planning their wedding prior to the proposal!) Given the natural excitement, couples are quick to pick a date with the majority now setting their sights on a Saturday in the fall.
Setting budgets, finding vendors and knowing you’re on the right track are some of the biggest challenges couples face while planning for their wedding. Fortunately, the majority of today’s planning is done online
The average age of today’s marrying couple is 32. With a new generation redefining cultural and societal norms, we’re seeing new behaviors grow in popularity – such as couples meeting online, a 16% increase in interracial marriage and an increase in mixed gender wedding parties.
This article is full of statistics and date from thousands of couples. If you want to see all the results, check out 2017 Newlywed Report