From a special section in the January 25, issue of The Hill:
(Them) $19 billion: The average yearlyi amount spent on wedding nationally.
(Us) We come in well below this, at $1.2 billion.
(Them) $26,327: Average total cost of a wedding.
(Us) See above.
(Them) 168: The typical number of wedding guests.
(Us) Hard to tell right now, but we’re guessing around 200, assuming that many people like us enough.
(Them) 15%: Percent of weddings held outdoors.
(Us) We’re in the 85%.
(Them) 83%: Brides who take their husband’s last name.
(Us) Again, we’re in teh majority. Go Link, go!
(Them) 2,178,400: Number of marriages in the US in 2004.
(Us) Zero. We’re getting married in 2006.
(Them) 86%: Portion of young adults who think that marriage is hard work.
(Us): Anything worth having is worth working for.
(Them) 61%: Percentage of couples who exclude the word “obey” from their vows.
(Us): We haven’t talked about this, but Tiffany will do whatever I say because I say so (haha)…
(Them) $8 billion: Amount spent on honeymoons each year in the US, on average.
(Us) We aren’t spending quite that much.
(Them) 16 months: Average duration of an engagement.
(Us) 11 months.
(Them) 27: Average age of first-time brides.
(Them) 29: Average age of first-time grooms.
In Norway, 51% of the population thinks that the main purpose of marriage is to have children. In Italy, it’s 45%. In the US, it’s 30%.
We’re getting married in California, where between 1990 and 2004 the number of marriages declined 64,400 – the most in the US. That’s despite a population increase of 5,724,432, or 20%. New York, South Carolina, Ohio and Illinois are second through fifth in this category.
If you want to go where the bells are ringing the most, get hitched in Nevada where there were 22,400 more weddings in 2004 than in 1990. You can also go to numbers two through five: Florida, North Carolina, Hawaii and Wisconsin.
Nevada had an increase of