The Knot just released the 2019 Real Weddings Study on Thursday, February 13. The study reveals that the national average for a couple to say "I do" is $33,900. That number includes the cost of the ceremony, reception, and engagement ring (roughly $5,900), but not the honeymoon. However, in 2019, Massachusetts' newlyweds spent significantly more than that.

The Knot surveyed over 27,000 couples married in 2019 to uncover the latest trends and overall wedding spend in America. For Massachusetts, brides and grooms forked over $48,600. Those in Rhode Island actually paid approximately $49,800 for their nuptials. What exactly are they spending their money on? Guest experiences and personal touches.

"Today’s couples want their wedding to be a true expression of their unique love story and for guests to leave saying, 'That was so them.” - The Knot

The average couple hosts 131 guests to witness their union and wants to make sure they are entertained.

"Although a wedding is and should be all about the couple getting married, 72% say that making sure their guests are well taken care of and have a good time is their top priority during planning." - The Knot

I guess it's not enough to throw a party and pay for all the food, drinks, and desserts. Almost half of all couples incorporate some type of entertainment at the reception like photo booths, cigar-rolling stations, or craft margarita bars.

I'm in the middle of planning a wedding and the thought of spending nearly $34,000 on one day makes me a little dizzy. Honestly, I don't even know if we'd be able to afford a honeymoon after that. All of you out there wedding planning:

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