The average price of a wedding jumps to $28K

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It’s that time of year. The beginning of spring means one thing – wedding season! And before the kick off the wedding season there are copious reports released for vendors, mr and mrs –to-bes and those alike. Everyone is buzzing with the w word so it’s only fitting I shed light on a recent report on stating the average price wedding has gone up to 28K.

According to an annual survey by and, the average cost of a wedding in 2012 was $28,427 – the highest since 2008, just before the economic downturn.

Now don’t crap your pants just yet. The 2012 average is up just $1,000 from $27,021 in 2011. And all brides know what this means: they splurged on a tiny item that ended up throwing them just another grand over budget. At that point, what is another grand anyway?

I couldn’t help but to compare my own budget and actual cost of the wedding to the average spent in 2012. I laughed. People are crazy. Do you know what you could do with $28K? You could have a wedding, buy a car and start a nice savings pot all in one!

“In 2012, the average guest list size went down slightly, but the spending went up, and we went, ‘wow, that means guests scored last year,’”
said Anja Winikka, site director for

So let’s do a little cross comparison to a realistic DIY inspired wedding – yours truly! Or so I’d like to think. Here’s how our wedding compared to the average $28K 2012 wedding:

Our wedding in its entirety cost about half of the national average – including honeymoon expenses!

Of the average $1,211 spent on wedding dresses, I spent well under half.

While June remained the most popular month to get married, we gave a last horah! to the end of wedding season with a November novelty.

Extra details – transportation, rehearsal dinners + photo booths – pushed the average per-guest cost to $204. We loved our guests just as much but spent 1/3 of the cost.

What do you think? How do you stack up to the national average? Is $28K too much? Just enough? Too little?

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