Couples Spend Less on Their Wedding in 2019 than in 1945

Average wedding cost, total number of weddings, total wedding market sales from 1945 to 2019.

In 1945 the average wedding cost was $2,240 with a total of 1.6 million weddings for total wedding market sales of $3.6 billion. Using the US inflation calculator from usinflationcalculator.com, that's $31,815 in 2019 dollars! In 2019 the average wedding cost was $24,675 with 2.13 million weddings for total wedding market sales of $52.5 billion. Using the inflation rate, couples spend less today than they did in 1945!

Year Total Weddings Average Cost Total Sales
1945 1,613,000 $2,240 $3,613,120,000
1990 2,440,000 $15,200 $37,088,000,000
1999 2,359,419 $18,900 $44,593,019,100
2002 2,292,001 $22,400 $51,340,822,400
2005 2,230,000 $26,450 $58,983,500,000
2006 2,213,000 $27,590 $61,056,670,000
2007 2,197,000 $28,732 $63,124,204,000
2008 2,160,858 $24,111 $52,100,447,238
2009 2,084,828 $22,062 $45,995,475,336
2010 2,096,932 $26,542 $55,656,769,144
2011 2,119,494 $25,631 $54,324,750,714
2012 2,134,311 $25,656 $54,757,883,016
2013 2,146,169 $25,200 $54,083,458,800
2014 2,205,269 $26,444 $58,316,133,436
2015 2,220,389 $26,645 $59,162,264,905
2016 2,250,631 $26,720 $60,136,860,320
2017 2,227,024 $25,764 $57,377,046,336
2018 2,130,061 $24,723 $52,661,498,103
2019 2,126,126 $24,675 $52,462,159,050
  • 1945 Source: Saturday Evening Post; 5/26/1945, Vol. 217 Issue 48, p11-46, 4p
  • 1990,1999 Source: Christian Science Monitor; 6/4/2001, Vol.93 Issue 132, p12
  • 2002 Source: Fairchild Bridal Group The American Wedding
  • 2005 - 2019 Source: The Wedding Report, Inc. Wedding Cost Surveys

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