What does a Wedding really cost? Averages, Trends and Interesting Stats

After reading The Knot Worldwide Global Statistics Report, it got us thinking…. what does a wedding actually cost?

We broke down the average costs, trends and overall interesting stats that may be relevant to you if you are getting ready to plan your wedding. We’ve compiled a list from the past few years and this is what we took from all our research…


Average Venue Cost in Maryland: $14,100

Average Time Planning a Wedding (Time Engaged) in the U.S.: 15-16 months

Most Popular Month to Wed in the U.S.: October, 20% of couples are choosing October as their wedding month

Most Popular Month to Propose: December, this one was obvious 🙂

Average Cost of a Wedding in the U.S. with an average of around 100-120 guests: $30,000. In our opinion, this seems a little low.

Where does Maryland fall on the list of most expensive states to wed in? Can you take a guess?

Maryland lands as number 5 on the list of most expensive states to host your wedding, coming in around $39,000 for everything. This doesn’t even include the engagement ring or the honeymoon.

(Photography by B.O.B. Photography – Jillian McQuerrey)


What percentage of couples are doing a First Dance? 89%

What percentage of couples are doing a formal Cake Cutting? 74%

What percentage of couples are doing a First Look? 55%

What percentage of brides are doing a Bouquet Toss? only 37%! This one didn’t surprise us, as we see over 100 weddings each year, it seems less and less are doing a bouquet toss. Honestly, with the rising cost of flowers and more brides opting to preserve their bouquet, this makes more sense.

What percentage of grooms are doing a Garter Toss? We couldn’t even find anything dated past 2017, and even then, only around 37% of U.S. grooms are participating. Fun alternatives we have seen for these include a stuffed kitty toss, where whoever catches it, adopts a cat!

(Photography by Kate Ann Photography)

Cost Breakdown

Here’s the overall vendor cost breakdown/averages in the U.S. we have seen over the past few wedding seasons:

Catering: $80 per person plus an additional $2,400 for the bar.

Photography: $2,600

Videography: $2,100

DJ: $1,500

Band: $7,000

Cake: $510

Flowers: $2,400

Planner: $1,900

Officiant: $240-$1,000

Rehearsal Dinner: $2,400

Transportation: $1,300

*All stats are averages from The Knot, Wedding Wire, Wedding Pro resources available online.*

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