An article on CBC reveals the average cost of a wedding in 2015 will be over 31,000.
Every year, Weddingbells Magazine surveys thousands of brides, and grooms-to-be to get an idea of what they are looking for when it comes to their wedding, and then takes the numbers to look at trends, including just how much it costs to get married and releases their annual survey and the results from this year are jaw dropping. At least to me.
How does it look for this year? According to this years survey, the average wedding will cost $31,717.
Did you do a double take? Because I did. I have been married for just about 15 years. Our wedding was under two grand. Seriously. Simple flowers — fake at that — that I still have. A friend’s husband took our pictures. We had a simple dinner and just a hundred guests. It was a small church, with some borrowed decorations. We’re still married, and we aren’t left paying off that enormous debt. Seriously? Thirty thousand dollars for ONE DAY? Mind you, that gigantic number includes the honeymoon (averaging just over four thousand dollars) and a three thousand dollar engagement ring. but still.
How do you start a life together with that kind of crazy expense? Am I the only one that thinks that’s so over the top? Some are quick to point to social media as a high pressure tactic, influencing big expensive weddings.
The Weddingbells survey said it was the cost of the venue and catering that was the single largest expensense, making up to one third the cost for the event.
50% of those surveyed were relying on their parents to help with the cost. 61% of brides said they were relying on cash gifts to pay for everything.