Who Is Today’s Modern Bride?



A close-up look at today’s modern bride.

East Coast Bias

28 percent reside in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions, as do 17 percent of budget brides.

9 to 5

79 percent work full time. More than three-quarters of high-end brides said they worked 35 or more hours per week versus 63% of budget brides who said they work the same hours.

Making the Grade

87 percent are college grads compared with 67 percent of the budget category. And 30 percent of luxury brides also boast post-graduate degrees (compared with 17 percent of their budget counterparts).

Better With Age

The average high-end bride (27.4 years) is ever-so-slightly older (26.2 years).

Something Green

Combined income: $102,757

That’s the average total combined income for all members of the high-end bride’s household in 2010. (Compare that with $63,189 for the budget category.) The median income was $87,500 and $47,500, respectively.