Americans who tied the knot in 2011 also shelled out piles of cash. According to a survey conducted by TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, the average wedding budget for 2011 was $27,021. The study surveyed nearly 18,000 US couples who married in 2011.
The study found that wedding budgets rose for the first time since 2008 and found that families were comfortable with spending more on their weddings. The budget rose from the $26,984 amount and in some cases, spending more than the average median annual paycheck which was reported as $26,364.
The study listed the venue as the highest item averaging $12,124
2011 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown 2011
Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon) $27,021
Wedding Venue (reception hall) $12,116
Wedding/Event Planner $1,753
Reception Band $3,122
Reception DJ $929
Wedding Photographer $2,299
Wedding Dress $1,121
Wedding Cake $535
Ceremony Site $1,599
Ceremony Musicians $536
Rehearsal Dinner $1,078
Engagement Ring $5,130