Are weddings planned in 2011 different from 5 years ago, or even last year? Discover some of the wedding trends revealed. Visit OBXWA and discover all that the Outer Banks can offer you in a destination wedding, from premiere accomations, energizing activities, to professional wedding vendors who are expert in creating fabulous wedding experiences. Can you relate to these trends? Visit the Outer Banks Wedding Association Facebook page and let us know.
- December is still the most popular month of the year to get engaged (18%).
- Length of engagement has increased from 14 months in 2009 to 15.4 in 2011.
- The reception accounts for 36% of wedding costs, $13,367 is the average spent.
- 22% of couples have a wedding weekend, up 38% from 2009.
- 87% of couples have a rehearsal dinner.
- 86% or brides have an average of 2 or more bridal showers.
- 34% of couples have a post-wedding brunch.
- 24% of couples have a post-reception party.
- 5% of couples have multiple ceremonies.
- Nearly half of couples (48%) wed in the city or town where they currently live, with 23% returning to their family's hometown for the occasion.
- 15% of couples have a destination wedding, an increase of 25% from 2009.
- Of those having a destination wedding, they are staying an average of 6 days on location and their guests are staying 3.
- The average number of wedding reception guests is 152.
- Liquor has increased in importance with 92% including a bar, toast, or signature cocktail. Alcohol glassware gifts for groomsmen has doubled since 2009.
- Only 42% will have either a sit-down or buffet meal. Instead, couples are opting for cocktail hour (58%), passed hors d'oeuvres (46%), dessert stations (28%), food stations (19%), picnic/barbeque (5%), sushi chef (2%), wine tasting (2%), food trucks (1%) or cheese mongers (1%).
- The average age of today's bride has risen to 27 years old.
Bridal Market Statistics from Brides.com