This Is How Much Couples Will Spend on Weddings in 2016
They say it’s all in the details, and weddings this year are apparently no exception. Thumbtack, a service that helps couples find wedding-planning professionals, revealed in its 2016 Wedding Trends Report that couples getting married this year are all about spending extra on the little things that add up to serious glitz and glam. In 2016, brides and grooms will spend 20 percent more on essential wedding services, or $12,189 on average nationwide (for a wedding with about 98 guests). But don’t think that’s all they’re spending — this number doesn’t even include the venue, dress or rings.
“This year, we’re seeing couples investing up to 20 percent more to create a memorable, classic affair,” says Ashley Brasier, wedding director for Thumbtack. “The reception is the focus of this extra spending, with couples turning away from themed weddings and instead focusing on finer touches like formal plated dinners, laser-cut place settings, and bold floral choices.”
Forget the buffets of the past. For 2016 weddings, there’s been a 26 percent increase in couples requesting servers for formal dinner receptions, and a 32 percent uptick in couples asking for plated meals. Northeast and Mid-Atlantic affairs tend to be more expensive, most often because of formal dinners and the number of guests. In New York, 33 percent of couples request plated dinners, and in Washington, D.C., 48 percent of couples want hors d’oeuvres. Across most regions of the country, the cuisine of choice is Italian or American food. The exceptions are Kentucky and South Carolina, which opt for barbecue.
Cakes are also more extravagant, with a 55 percent increase in couples requesting a three-layer cake this year compared with last year. And cupcake lovers, don’t fear; those delicious little treats aren’t going anywhere. Ten percent more couples will feature cupcakes for dessert in 2016, compared with 2015.
Brides and grooms are into spending more on flowers this year than in 2015. This is especially true when it comes to aisle decorations, cake table decor and altar arrangements. To save a little cash, 79 percent of brides plan to re-use ceremony flowers at the reception. Couples are also adding an extra layer of fanciness to their invitations, place cards and place mats with the use of laser-cut details.
When it comes to looking their best on the Big Day, brides are sparing no expense this year — and they’re also straying from the long-standing natural look. Thumbtack noted a 75 percent increase in brides requesting glam hair and makeup, and a 70 percent increase in requests for false lashes and airbrushing. Bold looks are in, and the usual soft palette is out.
Curious about what else brides and grooms want this year? Check out the full 2016 report from Thumbtack here.
Are you getting married this year? Share pics of your wedding or wedding plans @BritandCo.
Fall is right around the corner, and we're getting amped up for our next session of Selfmade, Brit + Co's 10-week interactive startup school. Designed to help you create a new business or grow your existing one, this course is personally led by Brit + Co founder Brit Morin and co-founder Anjelika Temple, and supported by more than a dozen of the top female entrepreneurs, creatives, and investors in the country. Students receive personalized coaching on everything from how to get out of your comfort zone to how to scale your business, and everything in between. And now, thanks to Office Depot, even more of you can join the course!
For the fall session, we're thrilled to team up with Office Depot to grant 200 FREE scholarship seats to the course. Scholarships are open to US residents, focusing on women of color, women from underserved and underrepresented communities, and women in need of support to help them trail-blaze. After all, we firmly believe that your support system is a huge part of how you achieve greatness, and we are here to cheer all of you on.
To nominate yourself or someone you know for a scholarship, head to our nomination form right here. The deadline for scholarship nominations is September 27th — it's time to take the leap!
Beyond the scholarship, Office Depot is all about helping you accomplish more. Whether it be the start phase, growth phase or keep businesses going phase, Office Depot offers a full suite of business solutions, including services and products, to help you work from anywhere, organize and save time and help build your brand.
So what are you waiting for? Take a chance on yourself and get yourself one step closer to truly being selfmade. Learn more about the Selfmade program, apply for a scholarship and prepare to be inspired :)