How long will it take to plan your wedding? How much will you spend?
For the newly engaged and never married, questions like these can be important to see how your big day matches up to "Average Jane's". One of the questions I get asked the most is for the average cost of planning a wedding. I've written about the total average cost of a U.S. wedding, which was estimated to be $28,800 in 2007. Now we'll break it down a little more. Here's the rundown, along with some other "average" stats:
The Wedding Expenses
Wedding rings: $2,067
Limo or car rental: $410
Reception music: $953
Rehearsal dinner: $1153
Wedding gown: $1564
Wedding Cake: $543
Wedding Planner: $3262
Hair and Makeup: $190
More fun facts:
- Average age of first-time bride: 27
- Average age of her groom: 29
- 250 hours spent planning the average wedding--that's 8 per week in the average engagement
- It takes trying on 21 dresses before choosing "the one"
- 15% of weddings get called off!
- 1 in 5 women stress about fitting into their wedding dress
- Most want to lose 10-20 pounds before the big day
- Average value of all your wedding gifts: $14,000
- Average cost of attending a wedding: $500
- What it takes to be a bridesmaid: $1400
- Number of bridesmaids in the wedding, on average: 5