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Brides On TheKnot.com And WeddingChannel.com Reveal The Numbers! From Total Wedding Budgets To Venues, Flowers, Cakes And More, Check Out What Brides Told Us In Our 2011 Real Wedding Study. See How You Compare! (Graphic: Business Wire)

XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; www.xogroupinc.com), a global media and technology leader and creator of the top two wedding websites, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, today released the results of its annual Real Weddings Survey, which surveyed nearly 18,000 US couples married in 2011. TheKnot.com & WeddingChannel.com 2011 Real Weddings Survey captures detailed information on wedding budget, style preferences, event characteristics and other key information related to the bridal demographic.

“For the first time since 2008, wedding budgets are on the rise,” said Carley Roney, cofounder of The Knot. “In 2011, one in five US couples spent more than $30,000, and 11% spent more than $40,000 on their weddings. Our research shows that couples and their families are less concerned with the economy and are increasingly comfortable investing more in the once-in-a-lifetime occasion of their wedding.”

2011 Wedding Statistics

  • Average Wedding Budget: $27,021 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $65,824 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: West Virginia, $14,203 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,121
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 30
  • Average Number of Guests: 141
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4-5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4-5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: September (15%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (30%), Purple (25%), Green (24%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

2011 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown

Category 2011 National Average Spend   2010 National Average Spend
Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon) $27,021   $26,984
Wedding Venue (reception hall) $12,116   $12,124
Wedding/Event Planner $1,753   $1,683
Reception Band $3,122   $3,081
Reception DJ $929   $900
Wedding Photographer $2,299   $2,320
Florist/Décor $1,894   $1,988
Videographer $1,486   $1,463
Wedding Dress $1,121   $1,099
Wedding Cake $535   $540
Ceremony Site $1,599   $1,393
Ceremony Musicians $536   $503
Invitations $331   $351
Limousine $669   $667
Favors $217   $222
Rehearsal Dinner $1,078   $1,127
Engagement Ring $5,130   $5,392

Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service.

Top 20 Most Expensive Places to Get Married

Based on average wedding spend in 2011, these are the areas around the US where couples spend the most on their wedding.

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