The national average cost of a wedding is $35,329. Nearly 13,000 brides and grooms who got married in 2016 indicated that they splurged on delivering the ultimate experience and a wedding that reflected their personal style.
What about the ring?
Average engagement ring spend: $6,351 in 2017 (up from $5,095 in 2011)
Average time spent looking for ring: 3.5 months
Average time spent planning a proposal: 4.4 months
Average number of rings looked at before purchase: 26
Engagement rings with a custom design: 45 percent
Most popular stone cut: Round (52 percent)
Average carat size for center stone: 1.2 carats
Average carat size for total ring: 1.8 carats
Most popular engagement ring setting metal: White gold (61 percent)
Source: The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study