The average engagement lasts 13 months.
The average wedding costs $18,874 with 186 guests.
The average second wedding costs $12,000, but the couples spend nearly double first time couples on their honeymoons.
In almost half of U.S. weddings either the bride or groom has been married previously.
The wedding ring has traditionally been worn on the third finger of the left hand because it was believed that a vein in this finger ran directly to the heart. The third finger of the left hand has become the customary wedding-ring finger for all English-speaking cultures.
80% of brides plan formal weddings.
74% of all brides receive a diamond engagement ring. 60% of women are involved in picking out their engagement ring, while 3% actually pick it themselves.
In 2000, the average bride was 24 years old and the average groom was 28.
Only 4% of men asked for the parents' approval for their bride's hand in marriage.
20% of men proposed on one knee.
6% of men proposed to their girlfriends over the phone.
The most frequent number of bridesmaids in a wedding is 4 (including the maid of honor).
62% of weddings have a flower girl, while 56% have a ring bearer.