Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment. Brides say that during wedding planning, their highest priority was their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer – reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority! When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment. 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a disc jockey. Based on the survey statistics above, assuming a $10,000 food/drink minimum you’ll spend a minimum of $1500 on gratuity at 15%. Which has a bigger impact on the outcome of the event? Quality entertainment, or a 15% gratuity on food/drink?
ENGAGEMENT STATISTICS The average engagement in the North America lasts 15 months. During the engagement period, couples buy: $4 billion in furniture, $3 billion in house wares, $400 million in tableware, $19 billion is spent buying presents at wedding gift registries. The average amount spent on a bridal gown is $800. Tuxedos are typically purchased 5-6 months after the wedding gown. Bridesmaids’ gowns are generally purchased 3-4 months in advance of the event. One third of engaged couples retain a wedding consultant. MORE WEDDING STATISTICS Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S. (approx. 150,000 per year in Canada). Today’s median age for first-time brides is 25 years. For grooms, it’s 27 years. Second marriage median age is brides 35 years, grooms 38 years. The average amount spent on a traditional American wedding is $22,000. 67% of women continue to wear the same fragrance they wore on their wedding day.
The number 1 wedding city in the U.S. (and number 2 in the world) is Las Vegas with an average of 114,000 weddings per year (the number 1 in the world is Istanbul, Turkey with 166,000). The number 2 wedding city in the U.S. is Gatlinburg, TN with 42,000 weddings. The number 3 wedding city in the U.S. is New Orleans, LA with an average of 36,000 marriages. Source: Association for Wedding Professionals Int’l