The price of an average American wedding has reached a record-breaking $35,329 as couples seek to provide custom experiences for their guests according to a survey of 13,000 brides and grooms who tied the knot last year. The most expensive place to get married is Manhattan, where a typical wedding will run $78,464; Arkansas is the cheapest at just $19,522. Couples are using their wedding day to make their first big statement as a couple. From invitations to the reception band, couples are spending more to put their personal stamp on every detail, said Kellie Gould, editor in chief of The Knot, the well-read wedding magazine which conducted the survey. Those personal stamps include such things as a custom signature cocktail created for the bride and groom, photo booths, fireworks, musical performances, dance performers, cigar rolling stations, wine and liquor stations and midway games. The Knot predicts that aerialists, acrobats, portrait painters, food trucks, live farm animals and gospel choirs will be part of this years wedding trends, along with metallic gowns for brides and their attendants. 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.
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