Average Cost of a Wedding 2024


In 2024, the average cost of a U.S. wedding is between $29K-$31K
(honeymoon not included). While this number varies by region, season, day of the week and style, it accurately portrays what most planning couples are currently spending for their big day. This dollar amount is widely considered a logical indication and baseline for the average 2019 wedding budget.

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Did you know: Nearly 50% of all couples will end up spending more on their celebration than they had originally budgeted for.  Think about that for a moment.  Roughly 2.6 million weddings are performed each year in the U.S. and almost half of those will fail to stick to their intended budget. Most of that overspending comes from an unrealistic budget being set from the very beginning. Knowing what other couples are spending on various elements of their wedding can often be helpful when its time to create your own personal wedding budget.

Weddings By the Numbers

According to 
TheKnot.com, New York City (Manhattan) couples topped the rankings in 2010 as having the highest average budget ($70,730) of any other U.S. city while Utah has the lowest average spend ($13,214). When it comes to unique engagement rings, segaljewellery.com says that they have a large number of customers requesting something else rather than diamonds.
For more basic but in-depth information, check out the infographic below from
 BridePop that introduces you to all the key concepts you need to know:
According to GroomsmenCentral.com, the families of the bride and the groom normally share the wedding costs. The general guidelines for who pays for what part of the wedding are shown in the infographic below.

More Data & Statistics

Below are a few leading resources for bridal statistics that we source when creating our average costs. A majority of that information comes from online websites such as the
 Bridal Association of AmericaDavid’s BridalTheKnotSmartMoneyMoney.CNN.comDataMonitor,The Wedding ReportReal SimpleWedding DirectoryBrides.comUSAToday,Wikipedia, Forbes, and Mint.com.
A recently published data reveals not only how much couples in every state spend on their weddings but also how much they spend on groomsmen gifts and which gifts are considered unfailingly popular. You can check out GroovyGroomsmenGifts.com for more details.
This Map Shows the Groomsmen Spend on Every State—the Results May Surprise You

Bridal Market Overview
In 1924, Marshall Field’s became the first department store to launch a bridal registry. Ever since then, the bridal business has grown to become a $48 billion industry that continues to grow and thrive. Check out the video below from Mint.com that covers some interesting facts and information on what was once considered a relatively simple affair.