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Wedding Costs Unexpectedly Increase

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According to The Wedding Report, the average cost of a wedding unexpectedly increases by 34% from $16,546 in Q2 2009 to $22,121 in Q3 2009. Increased demand and October being the busiest month in 2009 contributed to the increase. Results based on 750 survey samples of brides, grooms, and wedding vendors across the US. Average cost based on weighted average demand.

Top Spending Changes  

  Q2 2009 Q3 2009 % Chg
Reception Bar Service $1,617 $2,732 69%
Ordained Friend, Family Member $113 $189 67%
Reception Food Service $2,786 $4,326 55%
Live Band $1,438 $2,198 53%
Antique Car Rental $576 $875 52%

Top Demand Changes  

  Q2 2009 Q3 2009 % Chg
Day-of-Coordinator 6% 24% 294%
A La Carte Services 4% 14% 239%
Watch for Bride 4% 14% 218%
Live Band 12% 39% 212%
Musicians, Soloist, or Ensemble 13% 39% 210%

The Wedding Report, Inc.