Average U.S. Wedding Cost in 2018: $24,723-Koyal Wholesale

Average U.S. Wedding Cost in 2018: $24,723

According to The Wedding Report, the average wedding cost in the U.S. market dropped by 4% from $25,764 in 2017 to $24,723 in 2018.   

2018 Average Wedding CostThere were several significant wedding cost adjustments in a few wedding categories:

Notable Cost Increases from 2017 to 2018 Percent Change
Planner/Consultant for Getting Started Up 75%
Planner/Consultant for Month of Direction Up 16.7%
Notable Cost Decreases from 2017 to 2018 Percent Change
Entertainment - Live Band Down 36.7%
Entertainment - Musicians, Soloist, Ensemble Down 27.9%
Reception Menus Down 25.5%
Digitial Photo CD/DVD Down 21.3%
Wedding Videographer Down 20.4%
Limo Rental Down 31.8%


Per the report itself, a few key points were highlighted with respect to 2018 U.S. Weddings:

  • Almost every item is seeing lower demand with the exception of a few items. Event location, food, and decorations all saw higher demand.
  • Couples are looking for an "experience" vs a traditional wedding which may reflect the increase in prices in planning services; such as, day of, getting started, and month of direction.
  • The average number of wedding guests in 2018 was 125.
  • The average travel distance from home to get married was 48 miles.
  • The average number of 2018 bridesmaids was 4.
  • The average number of 2018 groomsmen was 4.


Source: The Wedding Report 

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