A quick look into the average bride and groom

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Over the years, elements like the age of the bride and groom and the length of their engagement have changed immensely. While there is no right or wrong age to send out those wedding invitations, if you’re wondering where you and your other half stand when it comes to the average couple, here are some interesting stats to check out:

  • Marrying age: The earliest estimate of the average marrying age comes from 1890, when the median age at first marriage as 26.1 for males and 22 for females. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, those numbers declined to age 24.4 for men and 21.5 for women. In the year 2013, however, the average age of first marriage in the U.S. is 29 for men and 27 for women. These numbers have significantly gone up from 26 for men and 23 for women in 1990.
  • Length of engagement: How are couples supposed to know how long to wait before walking down the aisle? During 2005 to 2006, the average length of engagement was 19 months, which declined to 15 months during 2009 and 2010. This year, brides are looking at an engagement around 13 to 18 months.
  • The most popular wedding months: June and September
  • Most popular wedding day: Saturday
  • Average wedding budget: Brides are splurging more and more, with the average wedding costing $28,400 in 2012.
  • Most popular wedding colors: Blue and purple were the most popular choices among brides, with green, white and orange in a close second.

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