2009 Wedding Budget Survey Results from The Knot

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

wedding ringCategory and Average Spend 2009 *

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


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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