It’s no lie that weddings can cost a lot of money, but have you ever wondered what the average cost of a wedding is? Well, here are the 2009 Wedding Budget Survey Results from The Knot:

In 2009, the average wedding budget in the US (not including the honeymoon) was $28, 385. This showed a 5% decrease from 2008.

Reception Venue $12,838
Reception Band $3,288
Reception DJ  $892
Photographer $2,444
Videographer $1,481
Wedding/Event Planner $1,728
Wedding Gown $1,134
Florist/Decor $2,093
Invitations $509
Wedding Cake $559
Ceremony Musicians $451
Catering (cost per head) $63
Wedding Day Transportation $692
Favors $292
Rehearsal Dinner $1,163
Engagement Ring $5,847

*Respondents who hired professional vendor, purchased items, or had them professionally made.

And here is a pretty cool fact related to the cost of a wedding:

1. TOP PRIORITIES: Venue, Band/ DJ and Photography: The bulk of the average wedding budget is still dominated by the reception venue ($12,838); followed by the reception band and or DJ ($3,288 and $892 on average); and photography ($2,444 on average).

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