I stumbled across these wedding statistics and thought they were pretty interesting. Enjoy!
- 2,190,363 couples were wed in the U.S. in 2008.
- The world’s longest-married living couple, Zelmyra & Herbert Fisher of North Carolina, were, at press time, preparing to celebrate their 85th anniversary.
- $707,051,028 worth of wedding cake and fondant frosting (more than 16 tons) was consumed last year in the U.S.
- The average American wedding costs $28,704.
- In frugal Mississippi the average drops to $18,562.
- In spendthrift New Jersey that jumps to $36,113.
- David’s Bridal claims roughly 30% of the wedding-gown market, with dresses that start at $99.
- Steel tycon Lakshmi Mittal spent an estimated $60 million on a five-day French wedding for his daughter, Vanisha, which included a 1,000 person engagement party at Versailles.
- The discount chain Filene’s Basement has held its Running of the Brides event at dozens of stores each year since 1947.
- At one store, shoppers cleared the racks of 3,000 marked-down dresses in a record 37 seconds.
- In 1960, an American bride was typically 20 years old and a groom was 23. Today, they’re 27 and 29, respectively.
- Six countries currently allow same-sex marriage: Belgium, Canada, Holland, Norway, South Africa, and Spain.
- December is the most popular month to pop the question, accounting for one in five engagements.
Thanks for the guys over at FastCompany for sharing this data.