Your wedding day is meant to be one of the best days of your life – and my gosh, people spend a fortune to make it so. Fair enough though, right? You want to remember it forever! But just how much does it cost to tie the knot? Excluding your honeymoon, if you are an engaged couple in the United States you’re looking at spending $32,000 – and if you live in New York, be prepared to fork out waaaaaaay more: the average cost of a wedding in Manhattan is $82,000.
The Knot has released its annual Real Weddings Study for 2015, in which they have uncovered these frightening statistics by surveying nearly 18,000 brides and grooms married in 2015. In vast comparison to NYC, the least expensive place to get married was Alaska, with an average spend of $17,000.
Further, in 2015 brides spent an average of $1500 on their wedding dresses, while the average marrying age was 29-31. The most popular month to get engaged was December (no surprises here), and the most popular month to get married was October. The percentage of destination weddings has gone down from the year before, with an average 21% of Americans choosing to get hitched overseas, in comparison to 24% in 2014.
It seems that couples are using smartphones more than ever to plan their wedding while expecting personalized solutions. The Knot is answering this expectation, launching a new service titled The Knot Concierge.
“As the cost of weddings continues to rise to an all-time high, couples are looking on their mobile device for personalized planning solutions like The Knot Concierge to help them find the vendor within their budget who will create their perfect wedding,” said Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group, parent company of The Knot.
“The Knot Concierge is a first-of-its-kind personal service that combines our data, technology, and a real wedding expert from The Knot—with whom couples can communicate directly—for spot-on recommendations and advice in advance of making high-consideration purchases.”