The average amount U.S. couples spent on their wedding in 2016 was up slightly to $26,720 from $26,645 in 2015. The latest average wedding cost data is based on 9,298 survey samples collected from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The average number of guests for 2016 was 125, down by 1 guest from 2015’s 126 number.

The Invitation and Flower category saw the biggest increase in spending, 3.3% to 5.2%, while Photography, Video and Planning saw the biggest decrease in spending, -2.0% to -3.9%.

All local spending data has been updated with the new 2016 survey results.

Market Totals 2015 2016 Chg %
Market Summary $26,645 $26,720 0.3%
Attire & Accessories 2015 2016 Chg %
Dress Accessories $226 $224 -0.7%
Tuxedo/suit/other Accessories $101 $103 1.7%
Tuxedo/suit/other Rent/purchase $203 $208 2.5%
Wedding Dress/es $1,226 $1,221 -0.4%
Beauty & Spa 2015 2016 Chg %
Hair Service $66 $67 1.4%
Makeup Service $53 $54 1.4%
Manicure & Pedicure $44 $45 1.2%
Entertainment 2015 2016 Chg %
DJ $728 $735 1.0%
Live Band $1,706 $1,695 -0.7%
Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble $611 $618 1.2%
Flowers & Decorations 2015 2016 Chg %
Boutonnieres, Corsages $144 $147 1.8%
Bridal Bouquet $148 $152 2.7%
Bridesmaid Bouquets $179 $188 5.0%
Event Decorations $446 $446 0.0%
Event Flower Arrangements $438 $432 -1.4%
Event Table Centerpieces $325 $326 0.3%
Flower Girl Flowers $85 $89 4.2%
Flower Petals $95 $98 2.7%
Gifts & Favors 2015 2016 Chg %
Gift/s for Attendants $104 $104 -0.1%
Gift/s for Parents $120 $122 1.6%
Tips (for all services) $385 $384 -0.2%
Wedding Favors $235 $239 1.7%
Invitations 2015 2016 Chg %
Ceremony Programs $121 $127 5.2%
Engagement Announcements $105 $108 3.3%
Guest Book $59 $61 2.6%
Invitations & Reply Cards $228 $226 -0.7%
Postage $106 $105 -0.9%
Reception Menus $124 $125 1.0%
Save the Date Cards $112 $112 0.4%
Table Name and Escort/place Cards $83 $85 2.0%
Thank You Cards $89 $90 1.3%
Jewelry 2015 2016 Chg %
Engagement Ring $3,386 $3,407 0.6%
Wedding Bands $1,254 $1,242 -0.9%
Photography & Video 2015 2016 Chg %
Digital or Photo cd/dvd $305 $294 -3.5%
Engagement Session $396 $398 0.4%
Prints and/or Enlargements $237 $238 0.5%
Wedding album/s or photo book/s $428 $421 -1.6%
Wedding Photographer $1,644 $1,611 -2.0%
Wedding Videographer $1,068 $1,072 0.4%
Planner/Consultant 2015 2016 Chg %
A La Carte Services $957 $943 -1.5%
Day of Coordinator $825 $812 -1.6%
For Getting Started $883 $875 -0.9%
Full Service $2,886 $2,773 -3.9%
Month of Direction $1,085 $1,062 -2.1%
Venue, Catering & Rentals 2015 2016 Chg %
Ceremony Officiator $208 $214 2.7%
Event Accessories $325 $327 0.7%
Event Bar Service $2,378 $2,378 0.0%
Event Food Service $4,771 $4,674 -2.0%
Event Location $3,628 $3,610 -0.5%
Event Rentals $1,719 $1,737 1.0%
Hotel Room for After Reception $309 $315 2.0%
Limo Rental $480 $483 0.5%
Other Transportation $515 $518 0.6%
Rehearsal Dinner $577 $572 -0.9%
Wedding Cake/dessert $422 $419 -0.7%

Demographics of Survey

Which marriage is this for you?
Percent 
First marriage  90.3%
Second marriage  7.8%
Third or more  1.8%

 

Is this a same-sex marriage?
Percent 
Yes  5.0%
No  94.1%
N/A or Decline to Respond  0.9%

 

You are
Percent 
Female  79.4%
Male  19.3%
N/A or Decline to Respond  1.3%

 

What is your age?
Average  27.8

 

What is your total household income?
Average  $71,395

 

Are you of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
Percent 
Yes  14.2%
No  81.6%
N/A or Decline to Respond  4.2%

 

What is your race?
Percent 
Asian  4.5%
Black/African-American  12.2%
White/Caucasian  69.5%
Other  6.8%
N/A or Decline to Respond  6.9%

 

What is the highest level of education you have completed?
Percent 
Not a High School Graduate or No GED  1.5%
High School Graduate or GED  12.4%
Vocational or Professional School  3.2%
Some College  21.9%
Associate Degree  10.8%
Bachelors Degree  33.8%
Masters Degree or Doctorate  13.5%
N/A or Decline to Respond  3.0%

 

What is your occupation?
Percent 
Architecture and Engineering  2.3%
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media  4.1%
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance  0.2%
Business and Financial Operations  8.1%
Community and Social Services  2.5%
Computer and Mathematical  3.9%
Construction and Extraction  1.0%
Education, Training, and Library  9.1%
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry  0.5%
Food Preparation and Serving Related  3.6%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical  8.9%
Healthcare Support  5.2%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair  0.6%
Legal  2.7%
Life, Physical, and Social Science  1.5%
Management  8.1%
Military Specific  1.6%
Office and Administrative Support  4.7%
Other  13.0%
Personal Care and Service  1.5%
Production  1.0%
Protective Service  0.7%
Sales and Related  6.5%
Transportation and Material Moving  0.7%
N/A or Decline to Respond  8.2%
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