It might be time to delete some of those pins on your “some day :)” wedding board. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but chances are you won’t be able to afford the wedding of your dreams – or if you can, it will most definitely cost you a pretty penny.
As originally reported by the The Knot and later by CNN Money, new data shows that the average wedding in the United States cost $31,213, an amount that grew four percent from $29,858 in 2013. That’s about double the in-state tuition national average of $14,300. And in other news, I’m hyperventilating because everything is so goddamn expensive. Goodbye pricey, shabby chic centerpieces. So long Vera Wang. Adios antique “take home” gifts. I’ll never be able to have all the nice things I want and deserve (just kidding – all I deserve is Netflix and Taco Bell. I’ll be fine).
The breakdown of all the wedding-related expenses however, was so not fine. Venues cost an average of a heartbreaking $14,006, with engagement rings and bands trailing behind at $5,855 and $3,587, respectively. Good job anyone who can actually land a guy who shells out close to six grand on a ring. I’ll just be over here, sobbing into my frozen dinner for one.
So, it looks like we’ll all be attending a lot of backyard-barbecue-style weddings because SERIOUSLY who can afford to spend all that money on just one day? Unless, of course, you’re marrying a Kennedy and your backyard wedding is actually in the backyard of the Hyannis Port compound. The rest of us however, will be screwed. It’s a tragedy, really. What will become of Vera? Think about the little people.
All these years of watching “Say Yes to the Dress” – wasted! Guess all of our wedding dresses will have to be off the rack. I can’t. I just can’t..