February 17, 2016
I’m not a Math nerd, I teach Social Studies, but my goodness friends, DATA geeks me out! I talking full on “Sheldon Cooper”! So last month, I asked Brides if they would take a couple minutes to fill out a google forms page for me, and the response was AMAZING! 300 women filled out that formed and I used the information to write Six Things Brides Would Do Differently. If you haven’t read that post yet, DO IT! I’ve received so many emails from Brides telling me how much they loved that post, it warms my heart! Anyways, since data geeks me out, I wanted to share with you the data, or the facts about weddings, that I gathered from my google form. So let’s dive in!
First off, the whole point of collecting a ton of responses is to have legit data that access a lot of various backgrounds. I’m pleased to tell you that the length of Marriage was spread out nicely. The largest group for length of Marriage was 3-5 years, followed closely by less than a year. One-two years was third. This is outstanding because a Brides wedding day is still pretty fresh in her mind. If it was the most perfect day she’s still recalling all the joy and butterflies!
I found an article by the Knot today that talked about how much money Brides were spending on their wedding the past year. When it comes to big websites like the Knot, or WeddingWire, I wonder where they’re getting their information from. Especially when they talk about Brides spending over $30,000 for their wedding. Below (299 responses..someone either didn’t want to answer or accidentally skipped over this question), 29% of Brides spent $5,000-$10,000 on their wedding. This is the amount that Josh and I spent, HOWEVER, we got away with our food bill being about $300 thanks to my Mom and Grandma cooking an AMAZING meal! (Want to know the top 10 easiest ways to save while wedding planning, read this post!) Realistically, if it wasn’t for my Momma and Grams, we would had been in the $10,000-$15,000 range. PS. I wouldn’t change that for the world!
About 73% of couples had help paying for their wedding. This is where one of the Six Things Brides Would Do Differently comes into play. Because the couple had help from parents paying for the wedding, they felt they had to do what the Moms wanted. (If you want to do a first look, but your mom says “NO!”, do a FIRST LOOK. You won’t regret it!) I was a Bride that had very little monetary help which meant with my mom wanted me to spend money on printed programs, I chuckled because I knew what a waste of money printed programs were going to be.
When it came to which vendor a couple spent the most money on for their wedding, this one definitely caught me off guard, but it makes TOTAL sense! Like I said above, for our wedding, there was about $300 spent on food. That’s it. For about 100 people, we paid about $3 a head! INCREDIBLE, right?! Well, what my data found with it came to which vendors Brides spent the most amount of money on, Venue was first (which I figured), however, Caterer was SECOND! Like I said, while I was surprised at first, it made total sense as I thought about this facts about weddings! If it’s $25 a plate (not including alcohol) and you invite $200 guests, you’re looking at a $5,000 Catering bill. $5,000 for dinner. Maybe that includes cocktail hour, maybe it doesn’t (it probably doesn’t for that price). $5,000 is probably double what the couple has spent on a Wedding Photographer, and the photographer is providing lasting MEMORIES, while dinner is filling a guest belly for the evening.
Now some Brides commented that Venue and Catering was a package deal, so they chose the “Other” option. I even had a couple Brides respond and say they simply eloped and that was their biggest expense while wedding planning!
I’ll be the first to admit that for this next question, I left quite a few of vendors out of the list, because at the time, I just wasn’t thinking. So bare with me as I explain these facts about weddings when it comes to which vendors Brides spent the LEAST amount of money on. 34% of Brides responded that they spent the least amount of money on their DJ, but the vendors that are missing that picked up a lot of the “OTHER” percentage were Cake and Flowers. Want to know the stat that breaks my heart the most? 14.5% of Brides spent the least amount of their wedding money on the Photographer. The person that is there to capture the wedding day, exactly as it happened. That breaks my heart.
About 75 responses in, I got the bright idea to include one more question into my form on the facts about weddings. And that question was “Do you wish you spent more on photography”. While 18.3% of Brides answered that a wedding photographer was their largest wedding expense, 2 out of every 5 brides surveyed said THEY WISH THEY SPENT MORE ON THEIR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER! 40% of Brides! The most important day of your marriage, and Brides weren’t happy with their experience with their wedding photographer so much so that they wish they would had splurge a little more on a better photographer.
Here are some responses from disappointed Brides:
HALF A YEAR AFTER HER WEDDING?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Ladies, listen up, I PROMISE YOU, it does NOT take 6 months to edit a wedding. If a photographer tells you you’re waiting 4-6 months for your photos, walk away. Personally, you shouldn’t be waiting any longer than 4-6 weeks. And that timeline realistically should only be that long for acts of God that keep your photographer from editing your wedding photos!
Are they facts about weddings what you expected? Did you expect something else, or different data to be reflected? If so, tell me in the comments what you were expecting to see about facts about weddings!
A big THANK YOU to all 300 ladies who contributed to my google form! Your input is going to help hundreds of Brides with things that they would do differently when wedding planning, and give them some insight on the facts about weddings!