WeddingWire 2018 Newlywed Report

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14 ENGAGEMENT PLANNING COST On average, couples budget nearly $16K for their wedding ceremony/reception but spend approximately 40% more once they begin to understand the true cost of each element. Once all is said and done, couples spend roughly $216 per guest based on the total ceremony/reception cost. AVERAGE WEDDING COST the amount couples underestimate their budget 42% part of the total budget that goes towards venue & catering 1/3 A L L- I N AV E R A G E W E D D I N G C O S T $36,000 T O TA L W E D D I N G C O S T = E N G A G E M E N T R I N G $5,000 + + C E R E M O N Y / R E C E P T I O N $27,000 H O N E Y M O O N $4,000 COUPLES The average amount couples spend on their wedding ceremony/reception can greatly vary when comparing attributes like age, region and marriage number. For instance, while the entire New York metro area has the highest price tag in the country, those who marry specifically in Manhattan spend upwards of $60K on their ceremony/reception. Furthermore, those who are getting married for the first time spend on average 2X more than those on their 2nd+ marriage ($30K vs. $15K). VARIATIONS IN AVERAGE WEDDING COST T O P 5 M O S T E X P E N S I V E C I T I E S T O G E T M A R R I E D N E W Y O R K 1 B O S T O N 2 S A N F R A N C I S C O 3 WA S H I N G T O N , D C 4 C H I C A G O 5

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