WeddingWire 2018 Newlywed Report

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1 3 COUPLES COST 3 M O N T H S W E D D I N G D A Y A D D I N G A P E R S O N A L T O U C H 40% had unique musical choices during ceremony (ex. bagpipes) 21% added local elements based on city where couple met or grew up (ex. food or decor) 18% included ceremonial customs related to race/ religion (ex. jumping the broom) 17% hired special entertainment for guests (ex. fortune teller, caricature) 1 in 2 B E A U T Y A N D H E A LT H 31% started a new exercise routine or diet to prepare for the wedding bridesmaids pay to have their hair done by a professional for the wedding O F F I C I A N T 39% of couples create their own vows D I S C U S S R E H E A R S A L D I N N E R 43% of the groom's parents pay for the rehearsal dinner M O S T P O P U L A R 87% perform a first dance C O O L I N G D O W N 70% changing to partner's last name (-12%) 45% begin honeymoon 1-2 days after reception (-12%) 75% order of day: ceremony, cocktail hour, reception (-10%) 74% father-daughter and/or mother-son dances (-9%) G A I N I N G M O M E N T U M 40% wedding party: including mixed genders (+14%) 54% creating a wedding hashtag (+10%) 59% wedding party: females wearing different dresses (+14%) 63% groom(s) dressing more casual than tuxedo (+7%) 61% walking down the aisle to non-classical music (+7%) Now more than ever, couples are steering clear of the cookie cutter wedding and adding unique elements that highlight their relationship and impress guests. (% vs. 2 years ago) (% vs. 2 years ago) WEDDING TIMELINE

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