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Couples are getting thriftier. Couples are spending more than ever. The more you research, the more conflicting information you find.

So just how much money are couples spending on their weddings and honeymoons? How does today’s spending compare to that of years past?

The Knot releases an annual Real Weddings Survey. Last year’s edition covered every thinkable statistic related to the wedding day, from the most popular colors to the average number of groomsmen picked for the ceremony.

Here are some of the highlights form The Knot’s study, broken down into various categories:

Wedding cost

• Average wedding cost: $32,641 (excludes honeymoon; more than $1,000 more than 2014 weddings and more than $5,000 up from five years ago)

• Most expensive place to get married: Manhattan, $82,299 average spend

• Least expensive place to get married: Alaska, $17,361 average spend

• Average spent on a wedding dress: $1,469

About the bride and groom

• Average marrying age: bride, 29; groom, 31

• Most popular month to get engaged: December (16 percent)

• Average length of engagement: 14.5 months

• Most popular month to get married: October (17 percent) and September (15 percent)

About the wedding

• Average number of guests: 139

• Average number of bridesmaids: five

• Average number of groomsmen: five

• Popular wedding colors: ivory/white (47 percent), blue (39 percent), pink (30 percent), metallics (34 percent), purple (21 percent)

The perfect location

The top 10 most expensive locations to get married in 2015:

• New York (Manhattan), $82,299

• Illinois (Chicago), $61,265

• New York (Westchester/Hudson Valley), $57,501

• New York (Long Island), $56,950

• New Jersey (North/Central), $55,389

• Massachusetts (Cape Cod), $54,334

• Rhone Island, $50,266

• New York (Outer Boroughs), $46,682

• California (Palm Springs), $44,646

• Louisiana (New Orleans), $44,178


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