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I do ... cost a lot: Weddings by the numbers

By Michelle Hall and Lizzie Jury, CNN Library
updated 8:51 AM EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
"Elvis" and "Marilyn" tie the knot at <a href='http://www.alittlewhitechapel.com/' target='_blank'>A Little White Wedding Chapel</a> in Las Vegas. "Elvis" and "Marilyn" tie the knot at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Market research says there are more than 2 million weddings in the United States every year
  • The average wedding cost is $28,427, according to a survey by TheKnot.com
  • Manhattan is the most expensive spot for a wedding -- an average of $76,687

(CNN) -- All you need is love, right? Sure, but a little cash can't hurt, especially when it's time to get hitched.

Weddings are big business across the United States. Here are some quick stats on how money meets matrimony, and the most popular places and ages at which to pledge your eternal devotion.

2,079,900: Weddings in the United States in 2012, according to market research by the Wedding Report.

$53.4 billion: Value of the wedding industry in the United States, according to market research by the Wedding Report.

26.9: Average age in 2011 for an American woman to marry for the first time.

28.9: Average age in 2011 for an American man to marry for the first time.

$28,427: Average cost of a wedding in the United States in 2012, according to data from the 2013 Real Weddings Survey by TheKnot.com of 75,000 brides.

$1,211: National average cost of a wedding dress.

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$76,687: The average cost in 2012 of a wedding in Manhattan, the most expensive city, according to the "Real Weddings Survey."

133-143: Average number of guests at each wedding.

11: Percent of couples who travel more than 200 miles to get married.

15: Average length in months of an engagement in the United States, as of 2011-2012.

63: Percent of gay couples in the United States getting married who plan to go on a honeymoon, versus 84% of straight couples, according to a same-sex marriage survey by The Knot.com and The Advocate magazine.

17: Percent of couples who get married in June in the United States, the most popular month.

17: Percent of American brides in 2012 who opted for a "casual" wedding, more than in past years.

35: Percent of American weddings taking place in a house of worship, such as a church or synagogue.

$19 billion: Gifts purchased in 2010 from wedding registries, according to a marketing study from the University of Notre Dame.

24: Percent of U.S. weddings that are destination weddings, according to BigCityBride.com.

$65,000: Starting price of the Couture Wedding Collection, the fanciest Disney "Fairytale Wedding" package at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

1: Rank of Las Vegas for destination weddings.

86,203: The number of marriage licenses issued in 2012 in Las Vegas.

7: Number of days a week marriages are performed at the Clark County Office of Civil Marriages, where Las Vegas is located.

$275: Cost of the "Hound Dog" wedding package at "A Elvis Chapel" in Las Vegas. Elvis sings three songs and will walk the bride down the aisle.

2,061: Couples in Florida who were married on December 12, 2012, the most common wedding date there last year. (Get it? 12/12/12!)

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