Hi everyone! We are excited to introduce a new weekly blog series called "Wedding Wednesdays" sharing relevant wedding information to keep you informed and inspired. Lets get started!

Spring is here and so is the release of The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Study. We are looking forward to sunny days and sharing wedding statistics and trends to help you make informed decisions for your own wedding.

    Photo Credit: Jose Villa Photography

    Photo Credit: Jose Villa Photography

The national wedding average cost (excluding honeymoon) is $31,213. For my Houston couples, Houston ranked 20 out of 25 most expensive city to get married coming in at $33,809. Remember to budget what works for you as a couple and use this information as reference. Below is a more detailed breakdown of the national average.

    Resource: The Knot

    Resource: The Knot

  • Average Wedding Cost: $31,213 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,357
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
  • Average Number of Guests: 136
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids/Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (15%) followed by October (14%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Ivory/White (44%), Blue (37%), Pink (28%), Metallics (26%), Purple (23%)
    Resource: The Knot
  • Using smart phones for planning and vendor research
  • Personalization by selecting unique venues (i.e. historic buildings/homes and farm venues).
  • Spending more on reception and less on ceremony
  • Almost half spent over budget
  • Save-the-dates are popular since everyone has busy lives
    Resource: The Knot

As always, we would love to know your thoughts. Leave a comment and tell us 3 ways you are staying informed while planning your wedding. Share this article to help your newly engaged friends.

With gratitude,
Samantha


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