The average wedding in America, according to Bride's Magazine, costs $19,000.
Bouquets and other flowers, $775.
Photography, videography, $1,253.
Wedding favors, $240.
The music, $745.
Clergy and church, $248.
Limo rental, $427.
Attendant's gifts, $299.
Wedding rings, $1,000.
Engagement ring, $2,982.
Rehearsal dinner, $762.
Bride's wedding dress, $790.
Bride's headpiece and veil, $150.
Bride's attendant's apparel (if you have 5), $720.
Mother of the bride apparel, $198.
Groom's formal wear (rented), $100.
Formal wear for ushers and best man (if you have 5) rented, $400.
Reception for 186 guests (which is the average attendance at a wedding), $7,246.
This comes to a grand total of $18,874.
I wonder what else price-gouging insurance premiums are robbing us of. For the many families who can't afford $19,000 weddings, I imagine they're having to choose between shelter and much more basic provisions.