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The top 5 most expensive wedding details

We polled nearly 18,000 brides to find out what they spent their budget on for the wedding, and the results are in!

By The Editors of TheKnot.com Mar 8, 2013 11:17PM
The average cost of a wedding in 2012 was $28,427 (an all-time high since 2008). So where does all that money go? Here are the top 5 priciest parts of the wedding (and the average spend in each category):

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1. Venue: $12,905.
2. Engagement Ring: $5,431
3. Reception Band: $3,084
4. Photographer: $2,379
5. Florist/Décor: $1,997

Photo: Wedding Cost // The Knot
See more details on average wedding costs in this infographic above. Are you surprised by any of these numbers?

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Mar 12, 2013 11:49PM
AND, this pricing is NOT for a black tie event. This is pricing for a medium size nice casual event.

Mar 12, 2013 11:47PM
Surprised that florals are so cheap on here. Most of our run $2500 to $6000... Just sayin'.
Mar 12, 2013 10:31PM
And why is this important News on MSN???????
Mar 12, 2013 9:42PM
Crazy people!  According to statistics, most of them will be divorced within 5 years.  I managed to keep my costs under $3000.  Better to save for the honeymoon or a down payment on a home.
Mar 12, 2013 9:36PM
I spent about $2000 on our wedding (not including my ring) and it was so much fun! I had the best time and the best memories and at the end of the day, no one cares how much money you spent, just that they got to be there to support you and have a good time.
Mar 12, 2013 8:38PM

I made my wedding dress and the attendents dresses, put my own flowers together, used the church's parish hall for the reception, got a super deal on the tux's for my husband and groomsmen. Cake was made by a relative who was a baker,  photography was done by a friend and was given to us as a wedding gift. Had the rehersal dinner in my house.  Total cost $150.00. 

Mar 12, 2013 8:37PM
I am getting married in October with a $5,000 budget.  As it stands now I will be well within the budget, and I have a guest list of 200 and I'm serving a full meal.  So really, if you keep your head about you, and you search for deals and negotiate you can have a beautiful wedding and won't have to start off your lives in debt.
Mar 12, 2013 8:33PM

We will never pay that much for a wedding that is a down payment on a house for the newlewed couple.


We got the Venue and cater with DJ and invitations and decorations and the wedding dress and tux. all Under $3000.

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