I Now Pronounce You Man and Broke: Take A Look At What An Average Wedding Now Costs!

There are countless adjectives you can use to describe weddings, positive and negative, but one that doesn’t apply is: CHEAP.

The latest data shows that the average wedding costs $29,000, which probably won’t surprise anyone who’s gotten married recently. But it is more than DOUBLE what the average wedding cost 30 years ago.

And that’s a BARGAIN for people in some big cities, where the costs can easily soar past $35,000. For example, the average wedding in New York City will run you $44,000. In the Bay Area, it’s $37,000, and in Boston it’s $36,000.

Wedding costs have been steadily climbing for decades, but, like a lot of things, recent increases can be blamed on the pandemic.

A lot of people delayed weddings that could’ve happened in 2020 and 2021,  and now there’s been a surge in demands for venues, photographers, wedding planners, florists, and wedding cakes. And prices rise with demand.

The price of a DJ is up 25% from 2019, pre-pandemic, make-up artists and flowers cost 20% more, and wedding dresses are up 19%.

The only notable thing that costs LESS than before the pandemic is the GROOM’S ATTIRE, which is down 3% from 2019. Go figure, right ladies?

The average guest list in 2022 was 117 guests and experts say it could be lower this year because there’s a trend of prioritizing more intimate ceremonies which should cut costs a bit.

It’s worth pointing out that while weddings are ridiculously expensive, according to an inflation calculator online: Something that cost $15K in 1993 WOULD cost more than $31,000 now. So, the fact that weddings cost twice as much as they did 30 years ago shouldn’t be THAT unexpected.

Although, it can be a shock if you got married in the ’90s, and are paying for your kid’s wedding now!