Thumbtack Study Predicts 2016's Biggest Wedding Trends

The largest survey of U.S. couples to be married in 2016 finds that couples will spend 20% more on wedding services this year, or $12,189 on average nationwide.

Feb 09, 2016, 08:00 ET from Thumbtack

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Thumbtack, an online service that connects consumers with skilled professionals, today released the results of its first annual Thumbtack 2016 Wedding Trends Report. Each year, Thumbtack receives more than 320,000 wedding requests. For this report, we looked at wedding requests placed for 2016 weddings, uncovering the upcoming trends and spending habits of real couples in America.

The study includes statistics on upcoming wedding trends and unveils average pricing for wedding services both nationally and regionally. Full results are available at https://www.thumbtack.com/weddings/#weddingsreport.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of couples come to Thumbtack looking for wedding professionals across nearly 50 categories of service. The data from this study reveals a unique look ahead on what will trend at weddings to come this year - not just what happened at weddings last year.

2016's Top Wedding Trends

  • 20% increase in spending -- The average couple will spend about $2,000 more on average, with much of that going to a more upscale dinner experience.
  • Formal receptions on the rise -- For 2016 weddings, there's been a 26% increase in couples requesting servers for formal dinner receptions, and a 32% increase in couples requesting plated meals.
  • Traditional tiers -- Cakes are getting taller than ever, with a 55% increase in couples requesting a 3-layer cake this year compared to last year.

The Real Cost of Getting Married

  • $12,189: The amount the average American couple will spend on essential wedding services in 2016, excluding the venue, dress, and rings, for a wedding with 98 guests on average.

Top 5 Most Expensive States to Get Married

  1. Connecticut - $17,211
  2. New York - $16,305
  3. District of Columbia - $15,835
  4. Rhode Island - $15,233
  5. Pennsylvania - $14,722

Top 25 Most Expensive Metro Areas to Get Married

  1. New York, NY -- $16,077
  2. Philadelphia, PA -- $15,434
  3. Pittsburgh, PA -- $14,287
  4. Baltimore, MD -- $14,261
  5. Providence, RI -- $13,990
  6. San Francisco, CA -- $13,734
  7. San Jose, CA -- $13,418
  8. Cleveland, OH -- $13,416
  9. Washington, D.C.-Northern VA -- $13,303
  10. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN -- $13,173
  11. New Orleans, LA -- $13,089
  12. Boston, MA -- $13,028
  13. Miami, FL -- $12,923
  14. Los Angeles, CA -- $12,709
  15. Chicago, IL -- $12,449
  16. Milwaukee, WI -- $12,197
  17. Seattle, WA -- $12,149
  18. Detroit, MI -- $11,819
  19. Memphis, TN -- $11,805
  20. Portland, OR -- $11,714
  21. Columbus, OH -- $11,692
  22. Austin, TX -- $11,519
  23. Rochester, NY -- $11,472
  24. Charleston, SC -- $11,448
  25. Sacramento, CA -- $11,349

Regional Differences

  • Northeast and Mid-Atlantic affairs tend to be more expensive: This higher cost is most often driven by formal dinners and a large number of guests.
  • Midwestern states throw the biggest weddings: Weddings are the biggest in Midwestern states like Minnesota and Wisconsin, where over 60% of couples welcome 100+ guests.

About Thumbtack
Thumbtack is the destination for getting things done — from house remodeling to event planning and more. Each year, more than 200,000 skilled professionals across the country service a growing 5 million Thumbtack projects in almost 1,100 unique categories. Thumbtack wedding professionals offer services in 47 categories. Visit Thumbtack to find wedding photographers, wedding planners, wedding officiants, wedding DJs and more.

For additional details and graphics contact:
Ashley Brasier
Wedding Director, Thumbtack
ashley.b@thumbtack.com

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