10 Things

Wedding Trivia

  • For the year of 1994, more than 10 percent of the expected 2.4 million weddings in the U.S. will take place in June. The month’s popularity for weddings dates back to ancient Rome, which worshiped Juno, the patroness of
  • women and protector of marriages. These days though, slightly more weddings occur in August.
  • Size of the U.S. bridal market: $35 billion.
  • Average total spending for a formal wedding: $17,470.
  • Bride’s gown: $850. Groom’s tuxedo (rental): $110. Honeymoon: $3,142.
  • Average number of stores a couple will visit before they decide on an engagement ring: 4.6.
  • Average age in 1955 of a couple marrying for the first time: 21.
  • Average age today of a couple wedding for the first time: 26.
  • Americans who characterize their marriage as “happy”: 97%.
  • Chances a wedding is not the first for either the bride or groom: 1 in 3.
  • Average length of a marriage ending in divorce: 7.1 years.
  • Average length 20 years ago: 6.6 years.
  • Estimated number of marriage and family therapists in the U.S.: 50,000.
  • Increase in the number of therapists in the last decade: 50%.
  • Marriages per week in Las Vegas: 1,700.
  • Marriages in Las Vegas as a percentage of all American weddings: 4%.
  • Average duration of nuptial ceremony at Las Vegas’s ‘Little White Chapel’, home of the world’s only drive-through wedding window: 7 minutes.
  • Cost for a ‘Little White Chapel’ ceremony: $30.