Wedding Trends & Wedding Statistics

Here are some fun wedding statistics for those of you that have a real love for weddings. We've also included the top wedding tends for 2016.




  • Wedding Cost: $31,213 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,357
  • Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
  • Number of Guests: 146
  • Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (15%) followed by October (14%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Ivory/White (44%), Blue (37%), Pink (28%), Metallics (26%), Purple (23%)
  • Dark blue specifically has continued to grow every year, from 10% in 2008 to 24% in 2015



Couples are researching everything from gowns to vendors on mobile applications. In 2015, the use of smart phones to access wedding planning websites has nearly doubled from 2011 (33%) to 2015 (61%). In fact, 71% of couples accessed their vendors from their smart phones. About 6 out of 10 brides are actively planning their weddings through their mobile device: researching gowns on smart phones (61%), up from 27% in 2011; researching wedding vendors on mobile (57%), up from 22% in 2011.

Personalization is on the rise, including changes in venues
Couples are showing their unique style by choosing unexpected places to wed. Since 2009, historic buildings/homes and farm venues have grown in popularity. Historic buildings/homes make up 14% in 2015, compared with only 12% in 2009, and farms make up 6% in 2015, up from 3% in 2009. While banquet halls (22%), country clubs (11%) and hotels (11%) are still popular options for couples, about 40% are looking for unusual venues that better reflect their personality.

Couples are spending more on their reception, and less on their ceremony
Spending is on the rise across reception categories, and couples are spending more on their catering, musicians and cake in 2015. Spending for cocktail hours also rose to 76% from 69% in 2015. Couples are spending less on the ceremony. In 2015, 33% of couples hired pianists and organists for their ceremony, down from 49% in 2009, and 28% of couples held their ceremony in a religious institution, down from 41% in 2009.

With almost half of couples going over budget, who pays for the wedding?
On average, the bride's parents contribute 43%, the bride and groom contribute 43%, and the groom's parents contribute 12% of the total wedding budget (others account for the remaining 2%). Only 12% of couples pay for the wedding entirely themselves. In 2015, 45% of couples went over budget, about 1 in 4 (26%) of couples stayed within their budget, and only 6% of couples came out under budget. 23% didn't even have a wedding budget, up from 17% in 2009.

Busy lives means saving the date
More couples are using save-the-dates. The percentage of couples who used save-the-dates was 75% in 2015, compared with 72% in 2013 and 57% in 2009. In 2015, 50% of couples had their save-the-dates professionally made, up from 29% in 2009.

Source: The Knot