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The Average Wedding Budget is $27,021 and Other Matrimonial Statistics

Here comes the bride, all dressed in white (costing $1,121, on average).

We all know weddings are expensive, but most of us don’t realize just how expensive until we begin planning one. TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com recently released the findings of its annual Real Weddings Survey of nearly 18,000 U.S. couples married last year. The results of the survey offered details on everything from wedding budgets to wedding trends and styles.

Carley Roney, cofounder of The Knot, stated, “For the first time since 2008, wedding budgets are on the rise.” In terms of financial consideration, Roney noted, “Our research shows that couples and their families are less concerned with the economy and are increasingly comfortable investing more in the once-in-a-lifetime occasion of their wedding.”

Wow, less concerned with the economy indeed, particularly for couples marrying in Manhattan, where the average wedding costs $65,824! In contrast, West Virginia the least expensive place to get married with the average wedding costing $14,203.

Learn all about the matrimonial survey findings after the jump!

♥ Sixteen percent of women begin planning their wedding before they even get engaged!

♥ The average marrying age is 29 for women and 30 for men. Interestingly, Hawaii has the oldest brides at 31 and Utah has the youngest at 26, on average.

♥ December is the most popular month to get engaged, with the average engagement lasting 14 months.

♥ The average engagement ring costs $5,130, which is slightly lower than 2010′s survey average of $5,392.

♥ Surprise! September nudges out June for most popular wedding month.

♥ Nearly one-fourth of couples choose destination weddings.

♥ The average wedding hosts 141 guests. Iowa weddings boast the largest number of guests at 215, while Nevada has the lowest at 63, on average.

♥ In 2011, wedding standards increased for the first time since 2009 with the average wedding spending $196 per guest. (Guess they didn’t opt for the “chipper chicken.”)

♥ Nearly one-third of brides surveyed hired a wedding planner.

♥ Wedding trends are shifting toward more casual, with 16 percent of brides describing their wedding style as casual.

♥ One-fourth of brides chose purple as their wedding color. Blue, green, and pink followed in wedding color popularity.

♥ Wedding websites have become increasingly popular tools with 69 percent of couples communicating with wedding guests online.

To view the complete survey results, click here.

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