Why Are Weddings So Expensive?

According to the news, the average wedding now costs $35,329! Why so expensive?

Wedding planner Brynn Swanson of First Look Events says it’s a trend she’s seeing first hand.

“I think people realize that it’s one day and they want to create an experience that is totally them,” Swanson says.

There were velvet menus for a wedding she recently planned where guests had personalized macaroons and blankets, and an interactive nine-course meal.

“We actually had the chef come out and introduce all of the nine courses,” Swanson says. “And every course had his own spin. So the soup course was poured table side. The duck course was encapsulated in a jar and when the guest opened the jar, smoke actually came out.”

The wedding cake was even hung from the chandelier.

But the guest list? Only 42, reflecting another trend. The study found the average number of wedding guests is going down.

And that’s how you get a wedding that casts as much as a brand new car.