Settle in, everyone—it’s time to talk weddings! Okay, we know what you’re thinking: When isn’t it time to talk weddings here at Brides? But today, our annual Brides American Wedding Study 2018 has finally arrived, revealing everything you ever wanted to know about the cost, trends, and planning of weddings in America today. Ready to see how your nuptials measure up?
Over the past year, we polled hundreds of engaged and newly married women, discovering the average wedding budgets and favorite trends of real brides. What’s the cost of the average wedding in 2018? What’s the most popular time of year to say “I do?” And who the heck pays for everything? The results are pretty surprising, TBH, and they reveal some key details you should definitely consider while planning your own big day.
For example, the study reveals that more brides have been ditching tradition as of late, choosing to rock modern two-piece ensembles or funky jumpsuits in lieu of traditional white wedding dresses. The use of social media is also on the rise, with 94 percent of brides incorporating technology into their big day. Brides are also saying farewell to the heat of summer weddings. With fall weddings on the rise, couples are opting to tie the knot in September and October instead.
Want to know more? Read on below! Want to know how many bridesmaids a bride decides to have, or the average cost of a celebration? Here’s what a wedding today looks like.