Here's How Much People Are Really Spending on Their Weddings

From the flowers to the food.

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Forget the buffet-style receptions. The latest trend reports say couples getting married in 2016 will opt for elegant sit-down dinners—complete with serving staff, bartenders, and upscale Italian cuisine. And floral arrangements? They aren’t just for centerpieces anymore. They’ll be adorning the gazebo, the cake table, and the aisle, too. 

Based on the results of a 2016 wedding trends report from Thumbtack, an online marketplace for local services, that examined current styles and more than 750,000 price quotes for the most popular wedding services, the average American couple is expected to spend about $12,189 for a wedding with 98 guests—excluding the venue, dress, and rings. (TheKnot.com, which accounts for everything but the honeymoon, estimates the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $31,213) That’s a 20 percent increase from 2015.

How the money is spent varies from couple to couple, but below is a breakdown of some of the most popular investments:

Catering: $3,453
Band: $1,899
Flowers: $1,146
Photography: $1,134
Videography: $1,134
Planning: $1,087
Decorator: $942
Limo: $436
Cake: $346
Hair: $217
Officiant: $203
Makeup: $192

See the pricing trends in specific states, as well as a full list of 2016 wedding trends, in the full report