Average Cost of a Wedding in The US

The numbers are still being crunched for this year, but the average cost of a wedding in the US is $28,000, not including the honeymoon or engagement ring. Here is a breakdown of how that price is divided, and what to expect when you begin to plan your wedding budget.

Average wedding size: 149 guests

Engagement ring: Before you can plan a wedding, you have to get engaged. This customarily involves a serious piece of jewelry. That old “two months’ salary” adage certainly depends on your salary, but the average cost for a diamond engagement ring is $6,000. Wedding bands cost an average of $1,000 each.

Wedding stationery & postage: Save-the-date cards, wedding invitations, return postage for RSVP cards, thank-you notes and wedding programs… Weddings involve a lot of paper. Average cost: $650-850.

C: The average bride spends $1,200 on her wedding gown. This does not include accessories, such as a veil, hair accessories, wedding shoes or jewelry, which can add up to another $500-$600.

Professional bridal hairstyle: This is another budget item that varies greatly by location, as well as depending on the complexity of the hairdo, but a bride can expect to spend between $150-400 on her wedding day hairstyle, not including tip.

Groom’s tux: If you’re just renting your tuxedo for the day, expect to pay around $150. If you want to invest in your own tuxedo, the average cost is $800, not including shirt, cufflinks, etc.

Ceremony venue: A church ceremony carries an average cost of $500. Venues such as outdoor pavilions or parks tend to cost less, while sites like a museum, winery, or hotel may cost upwards of $5,000 So on.

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