Wedding costs reach all-time high

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Twenty three couples from the West Palm Beach, Fla. area got a sweetheart deal on a Valentine’s Day wedding_a group wedding at the National Croquet Center on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. The Clerk & Comptroller’s office offered lucky couples the chance to get married at a beautiful ceremony site on the most romantic day of the year, for just the cost of a marriage license. Clerk Sharon Bock performed the group Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony on the grounds of the National Croquet Center. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

The cost of “Happily Ever After” has reached a new all-time high.

According to The Knot’s latest “Real Weddings Study”, released Tuesday, the average cost of a wedding is now $32,641. The study finds one of main reasons for the 5 percent increase over the previous year is personalization. Custom guest entertainment has apparently tripled since 2009, from 11 percent to 36 percent. There has been a big spike in the number of couples offering signature cocktails. That trend has nearly doubled to 22 percent since 2008.

The Knot’s study surveyed nearly 18,000 U.S. brides and grooms married in 2015.

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