Weddings by the numbers

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5 – Percentage of wedding receptions held as a picnic or barbecue.


14 – Percentage of couples who are married by a friend or family member ordained for the occasion.


34 – The most couples married underwater in a single ceremony.


79 – The most bridesmaids accompanying a bride in a wedding ceremony.


84 – Percentage of brides who wear something old, new, borrowed and blue for their wedding.


134 – In dollars, the cost of the average bridesmaid’s dress (2011).


150 – Number of servings provided by an average three-layer wedding cake.


1,289 – In dollars, the average cost of a wedding dress (2011).


4,647 – In dollars, the average cost of an engagement ring (2011).


8,164 – In feet, the length of the longest wedding dress train.


15,032 – In pounds, the weight of the world’s largest wedding cake.


30,000 – Number of couples who participated in a single blessing ceremony by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon (1992).


Resources for this list included the 2011 BRIDES American Wedding Study, Guinness World Records, and’s 2010 Real Weddings Survey.

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