Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and love is in the air. If you recently got engaged, you're probably hearing those wedding bells loud and clear too. Well, The Knot released the '10th annual The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study,' so you might want to take a look at these numbers before you start planning.

The Knot
The Knot

First off, the national average wedding cost in 2016 was $35,329...and that's before you add the cost of the honeymoon. But wait, it gets worse. $35,329 was the national average, which means that a wedding cost was actually HIGHER in some areas. In Boston, be prepared to drop over $40 thousand, and in Rhode Island, you're looking at $52 thousand. And to top off this area's highest wedding cost: Cape Cod with $58,608.

You're probably thinking "That's only for people who have 200+ guests, right?" Wrong again! The average number of wedding guests was 141, with an average cost of $245 per guest. And of the 13,000 real brides and grooms questioned in this survey, 50% went over budget. (These stats are based on 2016 brides and grooms, so expect 2017 averages to increase when that study comes out in February of 2018)

Wish me luck while I explain to my entire family why I'm deciding to elope when that day comes. #ImBroke

If you are currently wedding planning (God bless you) and want to see what Southcoast vendors have to offer, check out the FUN 107 Wedding Show on Sunday, January 28th, 2018.

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