MONEY MATTERS

The average amount of money spent on a wedding photographer in 2006 was $2,283, plus $1,408 on the videographer, according to a study from The Wedding Report. That can add up to big bucks for the industry.

There are 2.5 MILLION weddings annually in the United States, with June being the most popular month, according to Sell More Weddings, a marketing research company for wedding professionals. The average wedding budget is $20,000, which means that about $40 BILLION is spent on weddings each year.

DECADES OF BLISS?

SEVENTY-THREE PERCENT of women who tied the knot between 1985 and 1989 managed to mark their 10th anniversary, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a drop from the 87 PERCENT of women who married for the first time between 1955 and 1959 and made it to their 10th anniversary.

FIRST VACATION

Couples spend an average of $4,847 on their honeymoon, according to a 2009 honeymoon travel study by TheKnot.com. THIRTY PERCENT of the couples go to the Caribbean, 13 PERCENT take a cruise, and a whopping 76 PERCENT spend more on that honeymoon than on their average vacations.

MORE NUMBERS TO KNOW

6: That’s the percentage of women who have been married for at least 50 YEARS as of 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than half of married women have been married for at least 15 YEARS.

85: Brides aren’t having receptions anymore, according to a study released in January by Brides magazine. Instead, they’re using personal touches and ethnic flares to throw a party — note the change in wording. In addition, 85 PERCENT of couples are personalizing at least some aspect of their party, with 97 PERCENT of grooms involved with the planning.

7: The majority of couples begin planning their honeymoon SEVEN MONTHS before their departure date, according to a 2009 honeymoon travel study by TheKnot.com. The average length of that honeymoon is EIGHT DAYS, and 50 PERCENT of couples plan the details together.

70: Nearly 70 PERCENT of couples have registries with three main stores: Bed, Bath & Beyond,Target and Macy’s. But the big winner is Bed, Bath & Beyond, which leads the category with more than 35 PERCENT of couples choosing it as their primary registry, according to a 2009 registry study by TheKnot.com.

87: Many brides are still sticking with traditional weddings, according to the 2009 Brides Magazine New American Wedding survey. THREE-QUARTERS of weddings are still large, whopping events, and 87 PERCENT of brides continue to wear a long, white wedding dress. And just like their parents, 85 PERCENT of couples will enter the reception to the sound of, “For the first time in public, Mr. and Mrs. …”

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