Brides and grooms beware: the city of Baltimore ranks as one of the most expensive places in the nation to get married.
According to The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings Survey, Baltimore placed number 22 out of 25 cities. This survey, which is the largest of its kind, analyzed 13,000 brides and grooms who got married in 2016 in order to understand exactly how they allocated their funds for their special day.
What they found was a tad surprising. The average cost of a wedding rose to an all-time high of $35,329, while the number of guests decreased. This was a shocking total — for comparison, the average cost of a wedding reception in 2012 was $13,106.
In Baltimore, the price tag was even higher at an average of $35,861.
The Knot discovered that the overwhelming majority of brides and grooms were focusing all their attention on giving their guests an unforgettable experience. The amount spent on custom guest entertainment has more than tripled, with activities such as photo booths, musical performances, interactive games, and even fireworks being all the rage.
“Wedding spend continues to rise, but at the same time, guest lists are shrinking as couples spend more per guest to create an unforgettable experience for those closest to them,” said Kellie Gould, editor in chief of The Knot to PR Newswire. “Couples are also using their wedding day to make their first big statement as a couple. From invitations to the reception band, couples are spending more to put their personal stamp on every detail.”
It turns out that this extra spending has made quite the impact, as 20% of all wedding guests met their significant other at these weddings.
Some of the top 2016 wedding statistics include:
- The average cost of a wedding dress: $1,564
- The average number of guests: 141
- Percentage of destination weddings: 20%
- Average size of wedding party: 10
- Average length of engagement: 15 months
- Average marrying age: brides — 29, grooms — 31
Trying to save money on the big day? Head over to Arkansas, where the average spending was $19,522 per couple. Manhattan, New York, holds the number one spot, with a whopping $78,464 average per wedding.