From the average cost of a wedding gown to the percent of brides that choose their own engagement ring, we’ve found 25 interesting Canadian wedding facts that will help you see how you stack up against the standards.
After surveying more than 2,000 brides, Wedding Bells reports that December remains the most popular time to get engaged with 20 per cent of men popping the question that month.
Whether it comes in a little blue box or a red velvet heart, the average bride believes that her engagement ring should cost more than $5,000, according to Wedding Bells.
According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, in 1950 the average age for women to enter their first marriage was 25.9 years. In 1972, the average dropped to 23.0 years; however, by 2008, the average had yet again increased to 29.6 years. As of 2015, the average age of Canadian brides was 30.
17 per cent of engaged women told Wedding Bells they have had more arguments with their partner since getting engaged. Yikes.
76 per cent of Canadian women surveyed by Smart Bride said that they felt pressured to have weddings beyond their financial means.
Smart Bride surveyed 500 Canadian women and found that 75 per cent of them were interested in buying a once-worn wedding dress so long as they wouldn't have to sacrifice style or fit.
30 per cent of brides would consider wearing a coloured wedding dress like Kaley Cuoco, Jessica Biel, or Shanae Grimes, according to Wedding Bells.
According to Smart Bride, 64 per cent of women who stated that they would not buy/wear a used dress would be willing to buy used accessories such as jewellery, veils, purses, shoes, and decorations.
Wedding Bells found that 80 per cent of brides bought at least one wedding-related item online.
When Wedding Bells surveyed women in 2012, only 25 percent of those recently married undertook DIY projects for their wedding. By 2013, this number had doubled to more than half.
According to Bustle, the average cost of being a bridesmaid is US $1,500.
In an unexpected stat, Wedding Bells revealed that 13 per cent of brides-to-be have dated one or more of their wedding party’s groomsmen.
Canada was the third country in the world to allow same-sex marriages, The Canadian Encyclopedia reports.
Fun fact: In 2003, Canada was the only country in the world that allowed same-sex marriages between people who were not citizens.
Also in 2003, the first year of legalized same-sex marriage, 54.5 per cent were female couples, notes The Canadian Encyclopedia.
According to Wedding Bells, one in three brides are considering a honeymoon that involves adventure travel. That is an increase of 40 per cent since 2012.
The Prenuptial Agreement
Wedding Bells found that 75 per cent of brides plan on taking their husband’s name as soon as they get married.