Canadian Wedding Trends

Posted at 07:35 pm Friday July 22nd 2011

More than 2,000 brides-to-be dished about their impending nuptials on everything from engagements and relationships to style, traditions and the final bill.

Highlights from this year’s survey include:

  • There will be an estimated 156,920 weddings in Canada during 2011
  • Average age of engaged woman in 29.5
  • 74% of engaged couples are currently living together
  • 39% of proposals happen in the months of December to February
  • When it comes to rings, 59% of brides confessed size matters, and 65% were involved in the selection of the engagement ring and 25% of brides made the final decision
  • 25% admitted to putting pressure to pop the question on their future grooms.
  • Average length of engagement is 18.5 months
  • 19% of brides say they are having more disagreements with their fiancé since becoming engaged – but 50% say they have more passion in their relationship since becoming engaged.
  • Almost one-third (32%) of brides agree that prenuptial agreements are a good idea (up from 26% in 2010).
  • 26% of brides say they follow celebrity weddings to get ideas for their own wedding.
  • According to brides, grooms are more likely to delay the wedding due to cold feet (82%) than brides (18%).
  • 30% of brides said they’re not sure they’re completely over a past relationship (an increase from 22% in 2010).
  • 51% of weddings will occur between July and September
  • 49% think it is acceptable to return a wedding gift for cash

 

Weddings are also costing more. The average expected cost of a wedding in 2011 was $23,330 (up from $20,129 in 2010). The average cost of a wedding gown is also up, at $1,798 in 2011 compared to $1,093 in 2010. Once married, 72% of brides will completely share finances (another 10% are unsure).

Budget breakdown based on anticipated costs:

  • Reception Venue = $9,572
  • Bridal Gown = $1,798
  • Bridesmaid Dress = $426
  • Bridal/Bridesmaid Shoes = $180
  • Wedding Bands = $2,718
  • Photographer = $2,414
  • Videographer = $1,461
  • Stationery = $390
  • Wedding Cake = $524
  • Florist/Decor = $1,334
  • Transportation/Limo = $792
  • DJ/Musicians = $1,264
  • Guest Favours/Gifts = $457
  • Honeymoon = $5,287

 

The survey was conducted online from February 15 to March 9, 2011.  A national sample of 2,309 engaged or recently married readers participated in the survey.  Confidence interval: +/-2.0%, 19 times out of 20.

Article Originally published at www.weddingbells.ca Photo courtesty of weddingbells.ca

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