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The average wedding cost in the United States is $26,645. Couples typically spend between $19,984 and $33,306 but, most couples spend less than $10,000. This does not include cost for a honeymoon. Understanding wedding cost now can help you with your wedding budget later.

Utah is right in there with the average, but remember this average includes destination brides that come to the state of Utah to be married. This includes weddings in beautiful Park City / mountain weddings and Southern Utah/ beautiful red mountains and desert weddings. Don’t forget the amazing Salt Flatts. Utah’s landscape is so diverse and gorgeous that many out of state brides want to be married here.  Wow in 1945 the average cost of a wedding was $2, 240. (The average annual salary in 1945 was $2,900 and the average annual salary of 2011 was $50,000)

The Wedding Report, wedding cost | BrideAccess


This graph shows the number of wedding guests. The US average of wedding guests is 138 and Utah State is estimared between 128 and 138. A single guest could add or remove about $179 to the overall cost of a wedding.

The Wedding Report, wedding stats | BrideAccess


The bride and groom are the ones who contribute most to the wedding cost in the USA.

The Wedding Report, wedding stats | BrideAccess


I love this because it shows how much most people really spend on a wedding in the USA:

38% spend less than $10,000

27% spend between $10,000 and $20,000

– 65% of brides spend less than $20,000 

The Wedding Report, wedding stats | BrideAccess

19% spend between $20,000 and $30,000

9% spend between $30,000 and $50,000

4% spend between $50,000 and $100,000

3% spend over $100,000

– 35% of brides spend over $20,000 


Average amount spent on Weddings in 2010 $24,066 USA     $20,998 Utah

Weddings per year in 2010                                    2,078,000 USA    23,867 Utah

Average marriage age (female)                            27   USA                    21  Utah

Average marriage age (male)                               29    USA                 23  Utah


USA Averages

Engagement time: 14 months

Most Popular month to get engaged: December

Most popular month to get married: June

Average number of guests: 141

Average size of Wedding Party: 12

Engagement ring average is $3,465, wedding band $1,108, grooms ring $754

Average diamond carat weight: 1.18     metal choice: white gold      cut: round

Bridal gown average is $1,053

Average honeymoon is one week and costs $3,473

Most popular wedding color is blue (20%) Then greens, purples, pinks and reds

72 billion is spent on weddings annually in the USA

19 billion is spent buying presents at wedding gift registries


**collection of this data included in The Wedding Report, Inc.


To help you budget for your wedding, use our BUDGET TOOL .  Use the percentages below to help you decide where your money could go: I would highly suggest thinking about budgeting for the planning items below which are not included in these percentages. Also the engagement ring and honeymoon are not included.


Percentages that represent an average wedding

2%  Beauty, Health & Fitness  

10% Bridal Attire  

3%   Cakes 

37% Catering

3%   Decorations & Rentals   

–       Event Design/ Planning   

5%   Flowers

2%   Gifts   

1%    Travel   

3%    Invitations & Accessories

2%    Jewelry

–        Life Planning

5%   Music & Entertainment 

1%   Officiant

8%   Photography

9%   Reception/Ceremony Venue

2%   Transportation

1%   Tuxedos

6%   Videography