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Wedding Industry Research

Additional Reading

Articles are often a good source for more current and accessible information on the market when access to market research reports is not an option. Check your local public or university library for access to full-text databases to find more information. If you are looking to track local trends also look to location publications.

Selected Articles

These are a sampling of articles, if you are looking to do more research check what databases you have access to via your local public or university library. To see what the databases that the Library has access to look at the Subscription Resources link in the left navigation.


If you are interested in researching older information here are a few articles that may be of interest as well.

  • "A Big Wedding with a Smaller Bill," by Francine Parnes. New York Times, May 25, 2002.
  • "The Bridal Business Branches Out," by Rosemary Feitelberg. WWD: Women's Wear Daily, December 20, 2005, p. 8.
  • "Bridal Market Takes Aggressive Stand." WWD: Women's Wear Daily, (2009): 198(46), 8-1.
  • "By the Numbers: Divvying Up the Wedding Cake,"  HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network, March 10, 2003.
  • "Can't Buy Me Love? Maybe Just a Wedding?" by Julie Dunn. New York Times, Feb. 11, 2001.
  • "The Copycat Wedding," by Lauren Lipton. Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2004.
  • "The Cost of Weddings." B. F. Timmons. American Sociological Review, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Apr., 1939), pp. 224-233.
  • "Destination Weddings: Exotic Locales and Stress-free Nuptials Could Mean the End of Bridezillas," by Janeen Christoff, Marty Wentzel, and Jamie Wetherbe. TravelAge West, October 31, 2005, p. 20.
  • "Destined to be Different: In Their Search for Paradise, More and More Contemporary Couples Are Choosing Destination Weddings," by Beth Bernstein. Lustre, March-April 2005, p. 60.
  • "For Love and Money Amid Economic Sickness, Bridal Industry Radiates Health," by Dina El Boghdady. Washington Post, May 25, 2003.
  • "Hotels Say 'I do' to Destination Weddings, Ring in Profits," by Shannon McMullen-Coyne. Hotel & Motel Management, February 21, 2005, p. 33.
  • "Inside the Designer Bridal Boom External" by Lauren Sherman October 29, 2013 Businessoffashion.com
  • "Internet Sales Threaten Bridal Salons. - Focus on the Bridal Industry," by Dominic Mariani. Fairfield County Business Journal, Nov 5, 2001 v40 i45 p17(1).
  • "Love is Priceless; Weddings Cost, External" by Leslie Haggin Geary. CNNMoney, June 2, 2003 .
  • "Murphy's Law: The Wedding Version," by Christine DiGrazia. New York Times, June 16, 2002.
  • "The National Average Cost Of A Wedding External" by Jamie Miles. TheKnot.com, March 2014.
  • "Wedding industry costs soar even as growth slows," by Kirby Lee Davis. Journal Record, November 21, 2005.
  • "You're Getting Married, External" by Rebecca Mead.  New Yorker, April 21, 2003.

Consumer Magazines

Consumer magazines devoted to brides are a good source for looking at what is hot in the industry generally as well as reporting on the state of the industry.

Internet News Sources

Local newspapers and community magazines will also be important resources for those interested in understanding the industry in their particular area because the cover local business, industry, and community events.