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Wedding Statistics and Wedding Market Estimates

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Wedding Market Summary

Est. Weddings
Date Weddings Change %
2005 2,272,935  
2006 2,272,624 -0.01%
2007 2,290,578 0.79%
2009 2,326,485 2.37%

Est. Wedding Cost
Date Cost Market Value Change %
2005 $26,450 $62,437,524,450  
June 2006 $27,470 $62,428,981,280 3.86%
July 2006 $27,710 $62,974,411,040 4.76%
July 2007 $28,850 $66,083,175,300 4.11%
2009 $30,860 $71,795,327,100 11.37%

Weddings by Culture
Culture % Weddings
White 73% 1,665,833
Black 13% 284,078
Asian 4% 97,723
Hispanic 14% 329,530

* Numbers may not equal 100% due to mixed cultures

Type of Wedding Planned
Description % Weddings
Traditional 55% 1,249,943
Casual 20% 454,525
Unique 21% 477,251
Extravagant 4% 90,905

Who Pays
Description % Weddings
Brides Parents 58% 1,318,122
Grooms Parents 32% 727,240
Bride & Groom 77% 1,749,920
Sponsored Wedding 1% 22,726
Other 2% 45,452

How They Will Plan
Description % Weddings
Bridal Magazine 67% 1,522,658
Bridal Event or Bridal Fair 38% 863,597
Online (Internet) Resources 77% 1,749,920
Family and Friends 89% 2,022,635
Wedding Planner or Bridal Consultant 15% 340,894

Area Wedding Facts
Description % Data
Avg. Engagement Time   17 Months
Avg. No. of Guest   169
Avg. Bride Age   26
Avg. Groom Age   28
Bride First-time Weddings 92% 2,090,814
Bride Second-time or more Weddings 8% 181,810
Groom First-time Weddings 89% 2,022,635
Groom Second-time or more Weddings 11% 249,989
Weddings by JP 6% 136,357
Destination Weddings * 12% 272,715
Outdoor Weddings 35% 795,418
Weddings at Church 53% 1,204,491
Weddings at Hotel or Country Club 22% 499,977

* Originating from this location.

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Wedding Cost Breakdown

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Wedding Cost Breakdown with Est. Weddings by Category for July 2006
Category Cost Weddings Market Value
Wedding Attire $2,608  
   Bride Accessories $333 2,022,635 $755,692,932
   Groom Accessories $116 1,795,373 $264,492,526
   Groom Tux/Suit $197 1,795,373 $447,118,318
   Hair & Makeup $183 1,772,647 $415,631,113
   Headpiece/Veil $274 1,863,552 $623,446,669
   Wedding Dress $1,505 2,113,540 $3,419,510,519
Wedding Ceremony $2,527  
   Ceremony Accessories $169 1,818,099 $384,143,907
   Ceremony Location $435 1,749,920 $988,698,253
   Ceremony Site Decorations $391 1,727,194 $887,939,196
   Officiate/Pastor or Priest $263 2,272,624 $598,256,905
   Rehearsal Dinner $1,269 1,886,278 $2,884,228,026
Wedding Favors & Gifts $1,122  
   Attendant Gifts $582 1,772,647 $1,322,462,632
   Parent Gifts $139 1,363,574 $314,872,055
   Wedding Favors $402 1,772,647 $913,128,960
Wedding Flowers $1,970  
   Boutonnieres/Corsages $202 1,999,909 $459,713,201
   Bride Bouquet $169 2,136,267 $384,143,907
   Bridesmaid Bouquets $274 1,954,457 $623,446,669
   Decorations/Centerpieces $1,272 1,909,004 $2,890,525,467
   Flower Girl Flowers $53 1,613,563 $119,651,381
Wedding Jewelry $2,067  
   His & Her Rings $2,067 1,886,278 $4,697,891,064
Wedding Music $953  
   Reception Band/Musicians/DJ $953 1,545,384 $2,166,319,740
Wedding Photography & Video $3,691  
   Photographer $2,283 2,068,088 $5,189,091,470
   Videographer $1,408 1,090,860 $3,199,100,081
Wedding Reception $14,179  
   Bride/Groom Hotel $144 1,068,133 $327,466,937
   Reception Beverages/Bartender $2,826 1,727,194 $6,423,389,926
   Reception Food Service $9,421 1,977,183 $21,411,299,754
   Reception Venue/Rentals $1,244 1,636,289 $2,827,551,056
   Wedding Cake & Cutting Fee $543 2,068,088 $1,234,298,456
Wedding Stationery $848  
   Invitations & Reply Cards $659 2,045,362 $1,498,790,983
   Other Stationery $188 931,776 $428,225,995
Wedding Transportation $410  
   Limo/Car Rental $410 1,113,586 $932,021,283
Wedding Other  
   Engagement Ring $4,411 1,659,016 $10,025,526,238
   Gifts from Guest $5,780
   Honeymoon $3,680 1,772,647 $8,363,001,786
Additional Items  
   Automotive $16,853 227,262 $38,301,036,795
   Financial Services $6,409 318,167 $14,565,981,274
   Furniture & Household Items $3,929 545,430 $8,929,771,485
   Home $234,003 409,072 $531,800,008,909
   Insurance $8,169 636,335 $18,564,856,375
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Online Wedding Market

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Online Wedding Market
Category Research % Research
Online
Buy % Buy
Online
Wedding Attire  
   Bride Accessories 45% 1,022,681 32% 727,240
   Groom Accessories 41% 931,776 27% 613,608
   Groom Tux/Suit 48% 1,090,860 16% 363,620
   Hair & Makeup 43% 977,228 11% 249,989
   Headpiece/Veil 45% 1,022,681 23% 522,704
   Wedding Dress 55% 1,249,943 19% 431,799
Wedding Ceremony  
   Ceremony Accessories 43% 977,228 28% 636,335
   Ceremony Location 48% 1,090,860 16% 363,620
   Ceremony Site Decorations 44% 999,955 24% 545,430
   Officiate/Pastor or Priest 26% 590,882 8% 181,810
   Rehearsal Dinner 42% 954,502 11% 249,989
Wedding Favors & Gifts  
   Attendant Gifts 34% 772,692 33% 749,966
   Parent Gifts 31% 704,513 27% 613,608
   Wedding Favors 36% 818,145 36% 818,145
Wedding Flowers  
   Boutonnieres/Corsages 46% 1,045,407 17% 386,346
   Bride Bouquet 50% 1,136,312 17% 386,346
   Bridesmaid Bouquets 48% 1,090,860 16% 363,620
   Decorations/Centerpieces 44% 999,955 20% 454,525
   Flower Girl Flowers 42% 954,502 14% 318,167
Wedding Jewelry  
   His & Her Rings 45% 1,022,681 18% 409,072
Wedding Music  
   Reception Band/Musicians/DJ 41% 931,776 15% 340,894
Wedding Photography & Video  
   Photographer 49% 1,113,586 18% 409,072
   Videographer 35% 795,418 11% 249,989
Wedding Reception  
   Bride/Groom Hotel 41% 931,776 12% 272,715
   Reception Beverages/Bartender 40% 909,050 12% 272,715
   Reception Food Service 47% 1,068,133 15% 340,894
   Reception Venue/Rentals 48% 1,090,860 14% 318,167
   Wedding Cake & Cutting Fee 55% 1,249,943 15% 340,894
Wedding Stationery  
   Invitations & Reply Cards 41% 931,776 32% 727,240
   Other Stationery 29% 659,061 20% 454,525
Wedding Transportation  
   Limo/Car Rental 40% 909,050 16% 363,620
Wedding Other  
   Engagement Ring 34% 772,692 15% 340,894
   Gifts from Guest N/A N/A N/A N/A
   Honeymoon 38% 863,597 34% 772,692
Additional Items  
   Automotive 23% 522,704 5% 113,631
   Financial Services 23% 522,704 7% 159,084
   Furniture & Household Items 27% 613,608 12% 272,715
   Home 28% 636,335 6% 136,357
   Insurance 26% 590,882 10% 227,262
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