The average cost for Columbus in 2015 was $27,059. Meanwhile, the number of guests has dropped, but the amount spent on guests has gone up. The average number of wedding guests in 2015 was 139, down from 149 in 2009, and the cost per wedding guest is up to $237, up from $194 in 2009. Couples are also rolling out customizations like a dessert baristas or adding a special element, like a scotch or bourbon bar. And CNN reports that technology is also playing a bigger role on the special day, which can increase the budget. Brides are hiding GoPro cameras in their bouquets to film their walk down the aisle, according to The Knot, and photographers are using drones to get overhead shots. While weddings are getting more modern, who picks up the tab has remained pretty traditional: Only 10% of couples paid for the event themselves, the study found. The survey included nearly 13,000 Knot users throughout the U.S. who were married last year.
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