How Does Your Big Day Match Up Against the American Average?

Wedding season is in full swing here at Haydel’s!  Our friends at the knot recently released their Real Wedding Survey encompassing 13,000 U.S. brides who walked down the aisle in 2013.  Despite the trend toward more casual celebrations, wedding budgets continue to increase.  According to our local contacts at the knot, around 200 Louisiana weddings are represented in these numbers.

2013 Wedding Stats

  • Average Wedding Budget: $29,858 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $86,916 average spend (excludes honeymoon)
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Idaho, $16,159 average spend (excludes honeymoon)
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,281
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
  • Average Number of Guests: 138
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June and September
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (35%), Purple (26%), Pink (25%), Metallics (25%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

Wedding budgets have continued to rise since the economic downturn five years ago.  Carley Roney, co-founder of the knot, says much of modern couples expenses go to “creating a unique, personalized and once-in-a-lifetime experience for guests…”

Louisiana ranks 17th among the 25 most expensive places to get married (or where couple’s spend the most).

In our upcoming blog posts, we’ll break down some top wedding trends, like personalization and modernization, and share ideas on how you can include them in your big day!  Till then, happy planning y’all! – M.T.


2 thoughts on “How Does Your Big Day Match Up Against the American Average?

  1. I grew up in Harahan & Haydel is my favorite bakery, period! I’ve been married for almost 25 years now & for 20+ years my husband has been in the military. Growing up when Mardi Gras fell in February I was delighted. My birthday is late in that month, so even a few times Mardi Gras Day was the same day as my birthday. Some years we were able to go home for Mardi Gras, especially if it came in February. On other years, Haydel’s Bakery was a blessing for me because we’d order a King Cake for my birthday! So thanks Haydel for years of yummy cakes, petit fores, canolies, king cakes & much more. I look forward to the rest of my life & several more generations of the Haydel family to meet my bakery needs while home, afar & then home again one day. That you make king cakes all year long, send yummy bakery goods & some NOLA gift-able / collectible items via UPS all year long is something that tells me & the world that you care. Therefore I consider Haydel’s Bakery,cake designers, staff, etc. go above & beyond other bakeries in the area & even in throughout the country. (Buddy what’s his name is ok, but you have real heart! Well Chef Duff of Charm City is a great also, but he has some traditions to gather & more years of heart to beat your 57+ years of making simple days grand.)
    So thanks for the memories & I look forward to your future,
    Debbie <3

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