Planning a wedding is a lot of work and unless you plan weddings professionally you’re probably not 100% sure where to begin. Whether you’re thinking about getting engaged or already have begun planning the big day there’s a lot to consider and you probably have more than a few questions. That’s where WeddingWire’s The 2015 Newlywed Report comes in handy. They surveyed 6,000 couples across the United States to learn all the wedding FAQS, stats and facts you could possibly need or have to plan the perfect wedding. The 2015 Newlywed Report compiles all this information into 5 categories and a number of beautiful infographics to help you make more informed decisions when planning your nuptials. Here, read all about Today’s Couples Stats & Trends where you’ll find answers to your questions regarding understanding the couples and discovering LGBTQ nuances.


Understanding the Couples

The average age of a bride is 30, whereas the groom is 32. Couples have 120 guests on average attend their wedding. Approximately 73% of invited guests will RSVP “Yes”.


When it comes to selecting the wedding party, today’s couples have on average nine total bridesmaids and groomsmen.


The average couple contacts over 25 vendors and hires 10-13 vendors throughout the entire wedding process.



Discovering LGBTQ Nuances


The average age of same-sex couples skews slightly older than the national average. Females on average are 32 years of age, and males are 37.


Where once same-sex couples were having small, private ceremonies that might or might not have included family members, they are now celebrating with 100 guests on average.


The average same-sex couple has 6 people in their wedding party. Interestingly, they are also more likely to have mixed gender parties than heterosexual couples.


More than two-thirds of couples signify their engagement with two rings (one for each partner), rather than the traditional one ring for the female partner.


Although 82% of heterosexual brides change their last name to their partner’s, only 43% of same-sex couples take their other’s name. LGBTQ couples often decide to hyphenate or share last names when they have their first child.




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