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2016 Q3 Average Cost of Wedding in the U.S. Up 1/10th of a percent to $26,536

The average amount U.S. couples spent on their wedding in 2016 Q3 was up slightly to $26,536 from $26,519 in 2016 Q2. The latest average wedding cost data is based on 6,843 survey samples collected from January 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. The average number of guests for 2016 Q3 was 126.

Market Totals 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
Market Summary $26,519 $26,536 0.1%
Attire & Accessories 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
Dress Accessories $225 $226 0.4%
Tuxedo/suit/other Accessories $104 $102 -1.9%
Tuxedo/suit/other Rent/purchase $208 $206 -1.0%
Wedding Dress/es $1,220 $1,224 0.3%
Beauty & Spa 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
Hair Service $67 $66 -1.5%
Makeup Service $53 $53 0.0%
Manicure & Pedicure $44 $44 0.0%
Entertainment 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
DJ $735 $733 -0.3%
Live Band $1,694 $1,704 0.6%
Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble $617 $616 -0.2%
Flowers & Decorations 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
Boutonnieres, Corsages $146 $145 -0.7%
Bridal Bouquet $153 $151 -1.3%
Bridesmaid Bouquets $187 $183 -2.1%
Event Decorations $448 $447 -0.2%
Event Flower Arrangements $435 $436 0.2%
Event Table Centerpieces $327 $326 -0.3%
Flower Girl Flowers $89 $87 -2.2%
Flower Petals $98 $97 -1.0%
Gifts & Favors 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
Gift/s for Attendants $104 $104 0.0%
Gift/s for Parents $123 $121 -1.6%
Tips (for all services) $384 $385 0.3%
Wedding Favors $240 $238 -0.8%
Invitations 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
Ceremony Programs $127 $124 -2.4%
Engagement Announcements $108 $106 -1.9%
Guest Book $60 $60 0.0%
Invitations & Reply Cards $227 $227 0.0%
Postage $105 $106 1.0%
Reception Menus $124 $124 0.0%
Save the Date Cards $112 $112 0.0%
Table Name and Escort/place Cards $85 $84 -1.2%
Thank You Cards $90 $90 0.0%
Jewelry 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
Engagement Ring $3,360 $3,372 0.4%
Wedding Bands $1,246 $1,250 0.3%
Photography & Video 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
Digital or Photo cd/dvd $298 $301 1.0%
Engagement Session $400 $399 -0.3%
Prints and/or Enlargements $240 $240 0.0%
Wedding album/s or photo book/s $428 $431 0.7%
Wedding Photographer $1,618 $1,632 0.9%
Wedding Videographer $1,071 $1,072 0.1%
Planner/Consultant 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
A La Carte Services $952 $955 0.3%
Day of Coordinator $820 $823 0.4%
For Getting Started $880 $881 0.1%
Full Service $2,807 $2,845 1.4%
Month of Direction $1,072 $1,077 0.5%
Venue, Catering & Rentals 2016Q2 2016Q3 Chg %
Ceremony Officiator $208 $208 0.0%
Event Accessories $327 $326 -0.3%
Event Bar Service $2,363 $2,372 0.4%
Event Food Service $4,672 $4,722 1.1%
Event Location $3,603 $3,620 0.5%
Event Rentals $1,740 $1,731 -0.5%
Hotel Room for After Reception $315 $312 -1.0%
Limo Rental $483 $482 -0.2%
Other Transportation $517 $517 0.0%
Rehearsal Dinner $576 $577 0.2%
Wedding Cake/dessert $420 $421 0.2%

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