The National Average Cost of a Wedding Is $32,641

We surveyed nearly 18,000 brides and grooms married in 2015 for The Knot 2015 Real Weddings Study and found that couples are looking to make the ultimate personal statement for their wedding day.
by Ivy Jacobson
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Having your wedding budget talk soon? Well, we have just the information you need to get that conversation going. We just released The Knot 2015 Real Weddings Study, and after polling nearly 18,000 couples, we found that the average wedding spend is at a national all-time high—at $32,641!

The Knot started tracking the average cost of a wedding in 2006, and since then, the national average wedding cost has seriously skyrocketed. In fact, just last year, the average wedding cost for 2014 was at $31,213, a $1,408 difference.

Before you say that $32,641 sounds like far too much or too little, keep in mind that this is an average. So depending on your zip code (New York City's spend is $82,299, while South Dakota's is $18,890), that number may be higher or lower.

Another interesting fact—the guest spend has gone up, but the number of guests is down. The average number of wedding guests in 2015 was 139, down from 149 in 2009, and the cost per wedding guest is up to $237, up from $194 in 2009. Spending is also on the rise when it comes to all reception categories, including catering costs, cake, music, flowers, photography, entertainment and more in 2015. Since 2009, custom guest entertainment that reflects couples' personalities has more than tripled, from 11 percent to 36 percent, and that includes cigar rolling stations, wine and liquor tastings, and live dance performers.

Here's the spend broken down across the country:

The Knot 2015 Real Weddings Study

And here's exactly how couples are allotting their budgets:

The Knot 2015 Real Weddings Study

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