I hope you guys don’t mind that I’m still talking about the wedding, because to be honest with you guys. . . I still get all geeky talking about it.
I mean how AWESOME does it sound to say “my husband.”
I still find myself caught off guard sometimes when I catch a glimps of Zach’s ring. . . and have moments where I just feel this overwhelming happiness. It’s such a cool thing.
I want to hold onto this feeling forever. . . and promise to do everything in my power to do just that :).
I keep wanting to do a review of the big day and do a highlight post, but to be completely honest I feel like I am still processing the whole event. So hold tight a little longer for me and I’ll have it for ya soon! Hopefully you aren’t sick of me and the wedding by then :).
But, that doesn’t mean I still don’t want to talk wedding 🙂
This afternoon I was doing a little internets stalkin’ and came across an interesting article on TheKnot.
The article is a review of a survey conducted of more than 17500 brides during the 2012 year. It addresses everything wedding, my favorites including:
- length of engagement
- guest counts
- wedding party size
- costs for specific elements (think flowers, dress, venue, etc)
- most popular time of year to get married
The list goes on and on.
Having just gotten married last week, it was fascinating for me to go through these statistics and see where Zach and I feel within them for our big day.
Lets talk numbers 🙂
- Average Wedding Budget: $28,427 (excludes honeymoon)
Out of respect to our families I don’t feel comfortable talking about our specific budget — but this number surprised me.
- Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29; Groom, 31
Zach and I are 27 and 28 respectfully, so we fall just under that. With that said, I actually think late 20’s early 30’s do seem to be the PERFECT time frame for such a huge life choice though.
- Average Number of Guests: 139
I believe our number was right around 85 for our big day. We planned for anything UP to 125, but never thought we’d get there. To be honest, I can’t imagine our wedding being any larger. I recognize that it was destination for most of our family and friends, so pulling out 80+ people made Zach and I feel very honored. While we may have only had 85 people, it felt like we had 200. There was so much love and energy the entire night. I get chills thinking about it. . .
- Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
- Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
Zach had 4 groomsman, including his brother who was also the officiant, and I had three bridesmaids. For me, it was 3, or like 8 or 10. In the end, we decided to only have CLOSEST family and friends, and just be sure to include everyone else in as many of the festivities as possible. Being in a wedding is a lot of work, and we also recognized that.
- Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
We were right around there at 15 months. It would have likely been shorter if we didn’t have a huge move across the country in between there, but we actually ended up really enjoying the extra time. Gave us the opportunity to enjoy being engaged.
- Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (33%), Purple (26%), Green (23%), Metallics (23%)
Our colors were navy and coral (leave it to us to be so specific). The colors worked beautifully together and I can’t wait to show you all with the professional pictures 🙂 The room was AMAZING.
- Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%
This surprised me. Zach and I’s wedding wasn’t destination for us, but it was for about 80% of our guests, so I think we fall into that category in a way.
Kind of fun, right?
The article also talks about some trends in weddings that were found, a few of which Zach and I fell right into.
YEAR OF THE GUEST. Brides are concentrating on creating an experience for guests
Zach and I wanted our wedding to be the best night of our lives, but also were VERY cognizant of all the time and effort our loved ones had put into our relationship and wedding. We absolutely spent the MOST of our budget on things that would enhance the experience for our guests, and less on things for ourselves (like a wedding dress that cost under 1000).
LESS-FORMAL STYLE. Casual and fun weddings grow
Hello suits for the groom and groomsman! Flowy dresses for our bridesmaids, and a fun dress for myself as bride. We were all about practicality and comfort! And I must say, I think we all looked pretty damn good 🙂
WEDDINGS LESS RELIGIOUS. Number of weddings taking place in religious institutions declining.
Our wedding ceremony, cocktail, and reception all took place at Boettcher Mansion. It was important to us that we found a place that represented the two of us as a couple for our ceremony, and that meant mountains. We did NOT want our guests to have to do a lot of mountain traveling, so we knew we wanted it all in one, beautiful, place!
SAVING THE DATE. More couples opting for Save-the-Dates
It wasn’t until recently that I realized Save The Dates are a new thing! We sent out ours about 6 months before the big day, knowing most of our guests would be traveling. I thought it was just a part of the wedding planning process.
OK — enough wedding talk for one post. Definitely check out the article if you find this interesting like I do. There is SO much more than I even mentioned here.
Oh man I love being married 🙂