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Wedding guest lists bigger in Akron

1/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

The Wedding Report predicts the average cost per wedding in the Akron area in 2013 will be $24,374, with the biggest-ticket items continuing to be venues, catering, rentals, wedding jewelry and photography and video services.
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GREATER AKRON — Between 144 and 154 guests are expected to attend the average Akron area wedding in 2013, higher than the U.S. predicted average of 138 guests.

That’s according to The Wedding Report, a research company that tracks spending and trends in U.S. weddings.

The company predicts there will be 3,977 weddings in the Akron area in 2013, with the average cost per wedding coming in at $24,374.

The big-ticket items in weddings continue to be in the price of venues, catering and rentals, which are estimated to cost $9,401 per wedding; wedding jewelry, estimated to total $3,118; and photography and video, estimated at $2,264.

Attire and accessories for the bride are estimated at about $1,200, as are flowers and decorations and the use of a wedding planner or consultant.

As for individual items, feeding those guests is one of the biggest costs, coming in at an average of $4,510 for reception food service. Bar service is another average of $2,328.

Entertainment during a reception varies from an average of $655 for a disc jockey to $1,446 for a band. Musicians for the ceremony average about $504.

Looking good also comes at a price. The average wedding dress in Akron costs $1,035. Wedding day hair styling averages $59, while makeup is $47 and a manicure/pedicure another $39.

Looking at nationwide trends in weddings predicted for the new year, The Wedding Report said brides are looking to styles of a century ago for inspiration, thanks to TV shows like “Downton Abbey” and upcoming films like “The Great Gatsby.” This will be seen in wavy up-do hairstyles and the expectation that paler, more natural skin tones will be “in.”

Classic and antique cars being used to transport the bride and groom on their big day are also predicted for this year’s weddings.

The Wedding Report also notes that couples are increasingly opting for nontraditional weddings. Guests may see more receptions that feature both a band and disc jockey, as well as live entertainment from magicians, fortune-tellers and even professional dancers.

To capture the day, The Wedding Report’s 2013 Market Insight Report states that professional wedding photographers and videographers are a must, as fewer couples are opting for do-it-yourself options. Seeing more candid photos is becoming more popular.

In wedding cakes, couples are seeking simpler designs to cut costs. In addition, guests may see the use of multiple small cakes instead of one big cake this year, The Wedding Report notes.

For more information, go to www.TheWeddingReport.com.

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