Average wedding cost, total number of weddings, total wedding market sales from 1945 to 2014.

In 1945 the average wedding cost was $2,240 with a total of 1.6 million weddings for total wedding market sales of $3.6 billion. Using the US inflation calculator from usinflationcalculator.com, that's $29,460 in 2014 dollars! In 2014 the average wedding cost was $26,444 with 2.17 million weddings for total wedding market sales of $57.4 billion. Using the inflation rate, couples spend less today than they did in 1945!

Year Total Weddings Average Cost Total Sales
1945 1,613,000 $2,240 $3,613,120,000
1990 2,440,000 $15,200 $37,088,000,000
1999 2,359,419 $18,900 $44,593,019,100
2002 2,292,001 $22,400 $51,340,822,400
2005 2,230,000 $26,450 $58,983,500,000
2006 2,213,000 $27,590 $61,056,670,000
2007 2,197,000 $28,732 $63,124,204,000
2008 2,160,371 $24,111 $52,088,705,181
2009 2,085,985 $22,062 $46,021,001,070
2010 2,085,642 $26,542 $55,357,109,964
2011 2,117,791 $25,631 $54,281,101,121
2012 2,142,153 $25,656 $54,959,077,368
2013 2,164,292 $25,200 $54,540,158,400
2014 2,170,593 $26,444 $57,399,161,292
  • 1945 Source: Saturday Evening Post; 5/26/1945, Vol. 217 Issue 48, p11-46, 4p
  • 1990,1999 Source: Christian Science Monitor; 6/4/2001, Vol.93 Issue 132, p12
  • 2002 Source: Fairchild Bridal Group The American Wedding
  • 2005 - 2014 Source: The Wedding Report, Inc. Wedding Cost Surveys
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