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Sep 8, 2017

The average cost of weddings changes from year to year.  We are sharing 2016 average costs!

Average Cost of a Wedding in the US: $35,329 up from $31, 213

Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31

Average Number of Guests: 141

Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5

Average Number of Groomsmen: 5
Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (15%)
Average Length of Engagement: 15 months
Most Popular Month to Get Married: October (16%) and September (16%)
Popular Wedding Colors: Dark blue (29%), gold (28%) and light pink (28%)
Percentage of Destination Weddings: 20%

UK Wedding Averages by vendors-

Pound to Dollar conversion-

Wedding venue: £2,790 

Reception venue: £3,919

Catering: £3,959

Photography/video: £1,046

Flowers: £638

Cake: £300

Entertainment: £773

Dress: £1,378

Shoes: £161

Stationery: £271

Headdress/veil: £138

Beauty: £301

Other wedding jewelry: £176

Honeymoon: £4,413

Total: £30,111/$39,000 with London reaching £38,000/$49,000 


Listener question:

First let me start off by saying that I absolutely LOVE your podcast. I found it by accident a few weeks before I got engaged and I was listening to it for fun, so when he finally popped the question I was over the moon that I could use it to actually start planning my wedding.

I'm only halfway through so please excuse me if I ask a question that you've already answered. It's a long one:

My fiancé (whom I've been with for 7+ years) has one sister, who got married two years ago. While I was not a bridesmaid in her wedding and did not considered myself "part" of her wedding, I volunteered to help out and ended up being sucked into helping out quite a bit with decorating at the ceremony, setting up the engagement party, passing out programs, taking videos etc because she didn't want to pay other people to do these things (even though her parents paid for the entire thing). Long story short, she ended up being bitter about things that she didn't get as part of her wedding and now all of her friends are married and having children. It has turned her into a crazy person.

Now that her brother and I are engaged she has expressed her displeasure that our engagement has "overshadowed the fact that she might possibly be getting pregnant soon and that's not fair" to her. (I'm not kidding. She actually said this.) She has also told my fiancé that she'll do things better this time around because as a bridesmaid in our wedding she'll get to do the things that she wanted all along. I'm not worried about her trying to take over. I'm actually a really independent person who doesn't mind putting my foot down, but I'm also torn. I have zero desire to have her as a bridesmaid or have her anywhere involved due to her comment and behavior.

I know this is a long rant but am I turning into a crazy? Am I selfish that I don't want my fiancés only sister involved at all? My sister is my MOH and I'm hoping my brother will help with ushering or something and I would absolutely invite her as a guest, but I want it to end there. Do I owe her anything?

I appreciate any advice. You all seem so knowledgeable and down to earth. I'm hoping you can help. Thank you in advance!


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