The first question typically asked by every bride and groom is – “so how much will it cost?” A wedding is a big investment – on many levels. Your time. Your energy. Your emotions. It’s all about YOU. Your special day needs to be just that: SPECIAL! With couples contributing, on average, 43% of their hard earned money, it pays to be cost conscious. The Knot recently released the results of their 2014 Real Wedding Survey in which it surveyed nearly 16,000 US brides and grooms married in 2014. We have made a quick comparison here to show you how the venues at Fantasy of Flight can help you get the most from your wedding dollar.

Top 2014 Wedding Statistics

Bride posing in doorway of vintage aircraft for photos

Photo Courtesy: Anwen Elizabeth Photography

  • Average Wedding Cost: $31,213 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,328 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Utah, $15,257 average spend
  • Average Number of Guests: 136
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (15%) followed by October (14%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

2014 Average Wedding Budget Breakdown


Category2014 National Average Spend
Overall Wedding (excluding honeymoon)$31,213
Venue (reception hall)$14,006
Wedding/Event Planner$1,973
Reception Band$3,587
Reception DJ$1,124
Wedding Dress$1,357
Groom's Attire/Accessories$254
Wedding Cake$555
Ceremony Site$1,901
Ceremony Musicians$637
Rehearsal Dinner$1,206
Engagement Ring$5,855
Catering (price per person)$68

*Figures based on respondents who hired a professional vendor for the service

How Does Fantasy Of Flight Compare?

CategoryEstimated Pricing*
Outdoor Ceremony Venue$500
Reception Venue$3,500
Reception DJ$1,100
Food (Per Person)$34.65
Three Hour Host Bar (Per Person)$35.00
*Pricing based on 150 guests

View the entire Knot 2014 Real Wedding Study breakdown here.

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