The survey also revealed that 15 percent of the brides and 18 percent of the grooms reported they got drunk at their wedding, while 19 percent said some guests found a love interest at the event. Nine percent of the couples had a former lover or significant other attending their wedding while 4 percent said their best man had insulted someone during his toast. Technology is also coming into play. A personalized website for the happy bride and groom is not enough. The survey reports that a fifth of the couples streamed their weddings live on the internet, used aerial drones to record wedding footage or tucked miniature video cameras hidden in the brides bouquet for a you-are-there effect. American couples are not rushing for the altar: the average age of the bride is 29, the groom 31. They invite an average of 141 guests, have five bridesmaids and five groomsmen. The favorite months to tie the knot are September and October, the favorite wedding theme colors for bridesmaid dresses and decor are dark blue, gold and light pink. And about the bottom line here: The brides parents contribute 44 percent of the overall wedding budget, the bride and groom contribute 42 percent, while the grooms parents pick up the rest of the bill. Only a tenth of the couples paid for their big day entirely by themselves while 8 percent contributed nothing. Unexpected locations for weddings are also a must-have.
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