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The Cost of a Vermont Wedding vs the Rest of the US

According to The Knot, in 2016 the average cost for a Vermont wedding was $33,987. That’s up from $27,333 in 2010.

But that’s actually less than the average cost of a wedding in the US, which The Knot reports as $35,329. (Though an average Manhattan wedding could cost an average of $78,464.)

Vermont is one of the most popular destinations for weddings in the US. The industry provides a significant boost to Vermont’s economy. Seven Days reports 5,200 couples per year generate nearly $20 million in annual revenue for the state, not including sales of rings or wedding dresses.

People are spending more than ever on weddings. But that doesn’t mean more guests – the Knot reports the average number of wedding guests has decreased to 141, down from 149 in 2009, while the average cost per guest has increased to $245, up from $194 in 2009.

There are signs that millennials might start driving a trend to lower cost weddings. Quartz reports that many guests are finding it too expensive to attend their friend’s weddings.  Meanwhile, honeymoons are increasingly a group activity.

  • 40 percent of millennials surveyed by Priceline.com say they’ve opted out of attending a wedding because the travel and other costs were too high.
  • Millennials spend an average of $600 for wedding-related events.
  • More than a third of respondents said their accommodations were their biggest cost.
  • Meanwhile, around 12 percent of respondents said they attended a “buddymoon,” a group honeymoon.

More about Vermont weddings:

  • The third week in September is the most popular to get married in Vermont
  • Saturday is by far the most popular day to get married
  • More than 56 percent of all marriages in the Northeast happen in August through October.

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