2016 Average Wedding Price

The Knot’s annual survey of wedding expenses is in for 2016, and the new average price in the U.S. is a staggering $35,329.

The Knot started tracking the average cost of a wedding in 2006, and 10 years later that amount has hit an all-time high. Since just last year’s survey, which revealed a national average of $32,641, the average cost of a wedding has increased by $2,688.

wayfarer's chapel

Wayfarers Chapel Rancho Palos Verdes CA

This, despite the fact that the average number of guests gone down to 141. I only had about 30 people at my own wedding. While weddings used to be just a service and a dinner, and maybe a photographer, not so anymore. Brides today (let’s face it, it’s the brides) are going all out with photo booths, areal drone photography, food trucks, artists, bands, and anything else they can think of to make it a huge event. And since that is the average, by definition half of all weddings cost more than that.

I can see it. I went to a wedding last summer where the groom confided in me was costing him well over $100,000, despite having fewer than 100 guests. The ceremony was at the Wayfarer’s Chapel. The reception was at the Palos Verdes Beach Club. Catering by Terrenea. Music by The Blue Breeze Band. Planning by Run Away With Me. Video by Lenzworks.