We are big fans of the Wedding Report here @ Event Experts and although it is predominantly a study taken on American weddings its trends and findings still work for the Australian Marketplace, as what happens there seems to follow here fairly quickly. The major findings from the report are:

  • More couples choosing same location to have their ceremony and reception, up almost 10% over 2010
  • Couples choosing more unique locations, “Other” same location venues take the lead from Event Facilities
  • More couples having their wedding ceremony at a courthouse, private residence, or wedding chapel
  • More couples holding their wedding reception at a private residence or restaurant
  • With more unique locations on the rise, more officiates are performing the ceremony, a 30% increase over 2010
  • Food stations are more in demand than ever before
  • While other dessert options are popping up, wedding cake is still most popular at 83% demand
  • Cash bar on the rise along with outside alcohol and BYOB
  • Photo booth is the only rental that maintained demand, all other rentals down
  • The couple is contributing more to ceremony and reception costs
  • Couples researching closer to wedding date for venue
  • Couples inviting less guests, 144 compared to 152 in the 2010 study
  • Couples holding wedding closer to home

To find out more and to read the full report click here.