Wedding trivia

All the matrimonial factoids you’ll never need … but hey, it beats talking about the weather or dredging up embarrassing stories about the best man. The following info was culled from

The nitty-gritty

• Weddings are a $25.3 billion industry.

• For the past 20 years, 2.25 million to 2.40 million weddings have taken place each year in the United States, a third of them remarriages.

• The average engagement is 16 months.

• An average of 189 guests attend a wedding.

• The average cost of a wedding is $20,000 to $25,000.

• The average ring costs $2,000.

• 85 percent of weddings are held in a church or synagogue.

• About 15 percent of weddings include ethnic customs.

• More than half of all weddings take place in the afternoon.

The lovely couple

• The average first-time bride was 22 in 1980, 25 in 1990, and 25.1 in 2000.

• The average age of remarrying brides was 32 in 1980, 35 in 1990, and 34 in 2000.

• The average age of today’s first-time groom is 26.8; 37+ for the remarrying groom.

• Half of all adults in the United States are married.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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