TUCSON, Ariz. — No industry is immune to the belt-tightening going on during the current recession.
That includes the wedding industry, which saw a 24% decrease in spending between 2007 and 2008, dropping from an average cost of $28,704 to $21,814 per wedding, according to industry tracker The Wedding Report of Tucson, Ariz.
But while some areas of spending fell — such as transportation and videography, both of which also saw a 24% decrease — some areas overall increased:
• Tuxedo/suit increased by 47%
• Ceremony location increased by 108%
• Bride bouquet increased by 1%
• Brides wedding band increased by 21%
• Grooms wedding band increased by 38%
• Reception bar service increased by 12%
• Reception location increased by 15%
• Reception rentals increased by 84%
According to The Wedding Report, the reasons for the increases include:
• A desire for unique ceremony and reception locations
• The same venue being used for both the ceremony and reception caused increase in location cost and rentals.
• Couples focusing less on engagement rings and more on wedding bands.
Source: The Wedding Report