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Wedding Spend was UP in 2011!

The results are in! Brides spent more on their weddings in 2011 according to and Real Weddings Survey, the most comprehensive survey of bridal demographics, spending and style! This is the first increase in spending since 2008--great news for wedding businesses!

Aside from having bigger budgets, the study revealed a lot more of what today's brides are up to. They are planning longer with 16% beginning to plan even before they have a ring! Purple was the fastest growing wedding color. More weddings occured in the Fall and many were less formal than in years past. Three out of five brides used their smartphones to plan. (Have you checked out your mobile profile? Visit from your smartphone for the full mobile experience!)

Check out how much brides spent last year in your category on the nifty infographic below! For more juicy details, read the full press release here.