2017 Q3 Average Cost of Wedding in the U.S. Falls 1.5% to $25,576

The average amount U.S. couples are spending on their wedding as of 2017 Q3 fell 1.5% to $25,576 from $25,960 in 2017 Q2. The average number of guests was 125, unchanged from 2017 Q2. The latest average wedding cost is based on 2,729 survey samples collected from July 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017. Includes couples that were married and spent money on their upcoming wedding.

Because we calculate spending using weighted average demand, the spending decrease was primarily based on lower demand. Also, Q3 has historically been a lower spending quarter.

We'll continue to monitor changes through the rest of the year and keep you informed of any major shifts we see. We have updated 2017 spending numbers for all markets to reflect the 2017 Q3 survey results.

Note About Average Spending

Products; The average amount shown is based on spending of couples getting married, not prices. This includes purchases of both new and pre-owned items.

Services; The average amount shown is based on spending of couples getting married, not vendor prices. This includes purchases of services from professionals, someone that simply provides the service, or a hired family member or friend.

Market Totals 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
Market Summary $25,960 $25,576 -1.5%
Attire & Accessories 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
Dress Accessories $223 $224 0.4%
Tuxedo/suit/other Accessories $103 $103 0.0%
Tuxedo/suit/other Rent/purchase $209 $208 -0.5%
Wedding Dress/es $1,218 $1,218 0.0%
Beauty & Spa 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
Hair Service $67 $67 0.0%
Makeup Service $54 $54 0.0%
Manicure & Pedicure $45 $45 0.0%
Entertainment 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
DJ $736 $736 0.0%
Live Band $1,703 $1,704 0.1%
Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble $619 $620 0.2%
Flowers & Decorations 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
Bouquets $339 $337 -0.6%
Boutonnieres, Corsages $147 $149 1.4%
Event Decorations $445 $445 0.0%
Event Flowers & Arrangements $613 $613 0.0%
Event Table Centerpieces $326 $326 0.0%
Gifts & Favors 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
Gift/s for Attendants $103 $103 0.0%
Gift/s for Parents $121 $122 0.8%
Tips (for all services) $385 $385 0.0%
Wedding Favors $239 $239 0.0%
Invitations 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
Ceremony Programs $128 $127 -0.8%
Engagement Announcements $109 $109 0.0%
Guest Book $61 $61 0.0%
Invitations & Reply Cards $225 $225 0.0%
Postage $105 $105 0.0%
Reception Menus $125 $125 0.0%
Save the Date Cards $112 $112 0.0%
Table Name and Escort/place Cards $85 $85 0.0%
Thank You Cards $90 $90 0.0%
Jewelry 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
Engagement Ring $3,399 $3,401 0.1%
Wedding ring/band for HER $782 $782 0.0%
Wedding ring/band for HIM $455 $455 0.0%
Photography & Video 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
Digital or Photo cd/dvd $290 $291 0.3%
Engagement Session $394 $395 0.3%
Prints and/or Enlargements $236 $237 0.4%
Wedding album/s or photo book/s $417 $417 0.0%
Wedding Photographer $1,606 $1,606 0.0%
Wedding Videographer $1,074 $1,072 -0.2%
Planner/Consultant 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
A La Carte Services $937 $940 0.3%
Day of Coordinator $807 $808 0.1%
For Getting Started $869 $871 0.2%
Full Service $2,750 $2,751 0.0%
Month of Direction $1,058 $1,059 0.1%
Venue, Catering & Rentals 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 Chg %
Ceremony Officiator $213 $214 0.5%
Event Accessories $326 $326 0.0%
Event Bar Service $2,373 $2,374 0.0%
Event Food Service $4,671 $4,671 0.0%
Event Location $3,613 $3,614 0.0%
Event Rentals $1,736 $1,737 0.1%
Hotel Room for After Reception $315 $315 0.0%
Limo Rental $482 $482 0.0%
Other Transportation $515 $517 0.4%
Rehearsal Dinner $570 $571 0.2%
Wedding Cake/dessert $418 $418 0.0%

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