U.S. couples that got married in 2016 spent an average of $35,000 in 2016, according to a survey by The Knot. The Knot based its findings on almost 13,000 couples that married in the previous year. Even as more couples have decided to trim their guest lists to an average of 141 people, some amenities have inadvertently increased wedding expenses to $245 for each guest. These facilities include photo booths, food trucks, and live portrait artists.
If you live in New York, you may want to avoid tying the knot in Manhattan as the average costs there amounted to $78,464 in 2016. By contrast, Arkansas emerged as the most affordable place for weddings since couples only need to spend $19,522 on average. October and September became the top months for weddings in the previous year, after engagements took place for an average of 15 months. The survey’s findings follow a higher marriage rate in some states such as Michigan.
Wedding reception and banquet halls in Michigan catered to more people in 2014, when 57,071 couples exchanged vows, according to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The figure represented the highest number since 2006. The marrying age for the first time among women also increased to 26 years old from 20 years old in the mid-1960s. Men, on the other hand, decide to settle down by 28 years old compared to 22 years old over the last five decades. As more people married in Michigan in 2014, the divorce rate has also declined than the figure in 1970, according to the statistics.
Marriage ideally focuses on two people achieving another milestone in their relationship. Whether or not you intend to spend a significant on the ceremony and reception, you should never forget why you wanted to get married in the first place.