Tying the Knot: What Americans Think About Weddings

Nearly all Americans have attended or participated in at least one wedding. They think weddings can be heartwarming and fun, but the celebrations can also be a major drain on the wallet. In an Associated Press (AP) and WE tv poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 77 percent of Americans say too much money is spent on weddings these days.

Rather than destination weddings or extravagant receptions, most Americans prefer modest celebrations held closer to home. The perfect wedding gift is selected from the registry. And while wedding hashtags and electronic invitations are becoming more common, particularly among younger adults, most Americans say social media adds a stressful element.

The nationwide poll was conducted for AP and WE tv by The AP-NORC Center from January 11-16, 2018, using the AmeriSpeak┬« Omnibus, a monthly multi-client survey using NORC at the University of Chicago’s probability-based panel. Online and telephone interviews using landlines and cell phones were conducted with 1,234 adults. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.9 percentage points.