1) Today, the typical engagement lasts 15 months, and 3 out of 4 couples will live together before getting married.
2) About 43% of weddings are now officiated by a friend or family member rather than a professional or member of the clergy.
3) 35% of couples ask for cash, while 22% prefer a gift list or wedding registry. Another 19% are happy with a traditional gift, and 3% request a donation to charity. The remaining 19% ask for nothing.
4) Banquet halls, country clubs, and hotels are three of the most popular wedding venues, but about 40% of couples are now looking for unusual venues that better reflect their personality, according to a survey from The Knot.
5) The typical wedding cost is hard to pin down. A survey from The Knot found that the average wedding, not counting the honeymoon, now costs upwards of $31,000, while WeddingWire’s 2017 Newlywed Report pegged the cost at $28,000, or $240 per guest.
6) According to WeddingWire’s 2017 Newlywed Report, 63% of brides say that they feel a lot of pressure to have the perfect wedding.
7) 50% of women find planning their wedding more stressful than they imagined, with a reported 11 hours each week spent planning.
8) The ideal playlist for a three-hour party is 52 songs long.
9) An incredible 18 million events and meetings are organized in the U.S. every year, representing $280 billion in spending
10) A Dinova survey revealed that 78% of corporations include vegetarian options at their corporate events. Another 64% include gluten-free fare.
11) A survey conducted by BtoB Magazine and Marketo found that companies run events for practical reasons. The top three reasons companies plan events are: lead generation (83%), customer engagement (72%), and building brand awareness (72%)
12) A recent survey from OfficeTeam found that only 36% of professionals say that company holiday parties are fun; 35% actually gave them a negative “thumbs-down” response.