Study: Most Couples Use Smartphones For Wedding Planning
Whenever anyone asks me how wedding planning is going, I tell them I’m doing great. And honestly, it’s the truth. The stress that I felt during the beginning stages of planning is gone, for the most part. I have two amazing wedding planning apps that keep me on point. While apps certainly don’t replace the benefit of having a full-time, human wedding planner, it’s what I’ve got, and so far, it’s been working out. Apparently, I’m not the only bride who heavily depends on her smartphone to get things done.
According to results from The Knot’s 2015 Real Weddings Survey, mobile wedding planning is on the rise. In fact, 89 percent of couples reported using their smartphones for wedding planning activities such as researching and reaching out to wedding vendors, managing a wedding registry, and updating a wedding website. Nearly 60 percent of brides reported that they browse for wedding gowns via their mobile devices. 16 percent of couples also revealed that they manage online RSVPs using their mobile devices as well. Only 26 percent of couples reported hiring a professional wedding planner.
Researchers also found that wedding guest lists are shrinking. In 2015, the guest average was 139, which is 10 less than the 2009 average of 149. While one would assume that small parties equate to less expensive weddings, unfortunately, this has not been the case. The average cost per wedding guest shot up from $194 in 2009 to $237 in 2015.