This Map Shows the Groomsmen Spending on Every State—the Results May Surprise You

by Brandon Cole August 19, 2019

Weddings are not cheap. Nothing of great value ever is. A large chunk of the price tag depends on location. The Knot’s 2018 Real Weddings Study confirmed that couples spend $33,931 on average. If you’ve got more to spend, Manhattan is the place to burn that money—averaging $76,900 per wedding, which is more than the median household income of every state in the US.

With this in mind, we thought we could take this a notch further and see how much the average cost would be if we were to cluster it by region, collate the numbers in wedding in terms of attendance and spend, and match it with the average spent on having groomsmen. We did the math and analyzed over 30,000 groomsmen gift orders that came through last year on Groovy Groomsmen Gifts’ website. We’ll show you what we came up with and share the surprising results in detail.

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But before we do, the question is, do you really need groomsmen?

When a man chooses the person he wants to spend the rest of his life with, a no-matter-what commitment comes with it. From the proposal to the engagement, before you know it, you’re at the ceremony, close to or in tears, looking at the most precious being in your life walking toward you.

Everything will unravel very quickly, and you will need all the support and love and encouraging words you can get. And who better to get them from than the people you grew up with. The people who know you at your best, at your worst, and still love you anyway.

Transitioning to this next phase of your life won’t be too scary if you’re with people you can count on. Your tribe, your closest friends and relatives, those who will always have your back That feeling of security and comfort is something you can’t put a price on.

Here’s How Much Weddings and Groomsmen Gifts Cost per Region

For groomsmen, it’s all about being there to be the needed extra hand or, at times, the extra head. It’s more than what you think. Though the best man takes the lead on most of the prewedding, during-wedding, and postwedding surprises for the groom, it’s the groomsmen who can easily put out fires.

When the best man forgets to book the hotel or restaurant for the bachelor-party weekend, the groomsmen take over. Getting transportation to and from the hotel to the wedding venue, the groomsmen take over when the groom forgets. Or even the minor stuff, like helping a guest or a relative find their seats. Two heads are always better, but adding more for such a trying day is not at all bad.

We mentioned commitment earlier, and this holds true in every aspect of a wedding. When you commit to one, not necessarily as the bride or the groom, but maybe as part of the entourage or even as a guest, you are bound to spend some of your hard-earned cash. Weddings are more than just dressing up for a free meal.

Having or attending one in expensive cities is not something everyone can afford. We’ve crunched the numbers for you to give you some basic clues on what to expect for weddings in each state and what the numbers look like if you were to have your best buds with you during your special day. All these and more with a few added recommendations on what to give your groomsmen: how many and how much to spend. The results may surprise you.

Northeast Region [ Hide ]

New York takes the throne for highest number of weddings in this region, totalling to 137,843 based on the same Wedding Report. Connecticut leads on average cost per wedding at $35,702. Quite a contrast to Delaware’s 5,711 total number of weddings on the same year but with an average cost of $28,067.

As for pampering groomsmen, New Jersey takes the cake with an average spending budget of $304.70 for over seven gifts items—making it $40.58 spend per gift. The top 3 favorite gifts include To the 9’s Tri Pack, Your Buddy’s Buddies—Single Blade Knife, and Combat Cooler—Olive Green.

Connecticut

Number of weddings: 18,561
Average spend on weddings: $35,702
Average gift spend for attendants: $128

Average groomsmen gift spend: $274.40
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsmen: $40.27

Delaware

Number of weddings: 5,711
Average spend on weddings: $28,067
Average gift spend for attendants: $105

Average groomsmen gift spend: $251.10
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsman: $41.21

Maine

Number of wedding: 9,706
Average spend on weddings: $26,211
Average gift spend for attendants: $115

Average groomsmen gift spend: $214.30
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsmen: $34.82

Maryland

Number of weddings: 36,712
Average spend on weddings: $33,755
Average gift spend for attendants: $118

Average groomsmen gift spend: $288.40
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $40.89

Massachusetts

Number of weddings: 36,606
Average spend on weddings: $35,966
Average gift spend for attendants: $129

Average groomsmen gift spend: $268.20
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsmen: $39.88

New Hampshire

Number of weddings: 9,341
Average spend on weddings: $33,612
Average gift spend for attendants: $121

Average groomsmen gift spend: $242.70
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsmen: $37.93

New Jersey

Number of weddings: 47,802
Average spend on weddings: $36,943
Average gift spend for attendants: $136

Average groomsmen gift spend: $304.70
Average number of groomsmen: 8
Average gift spend per groomsmen: $40.58

New York

Number of weddings: 137,843
Average spend on weddings: $34,315
Average gift spend for attendants: $133

Average groomsmen gift spend: $276.50
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $39.51

Pennsylvania

Number of weddings: 72,899
Average spend on weddings: $28,827
Average gift spend for attendants: $121

Average groomsmen gift spend: $270.20
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $38.46

Rhode Island

Number of weddings: 6,630
Average spend on weddings: $30,861
Average gift spend for attendants: $120

Average groomsmen gift spend: $270.80
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsmen: $38.56

Vermont

Number of weddings: 5,321
Average spend on weddings: $30,257
Average gift spend for attendants: $119

Average groomsmen gift spend: $244.20
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsmen: $41.70

Southeast Region [ Hide ]

Florida breaks the region’s record for number of couples who got married totalling to 169,578 with an average cost of $20,933 per wedding. Splurge on groomsmen are on a high at $254.30 with $39.08 average per gift.

Most of the state in the region average to a little over six gifts per groomsmen except for Arkansas—giving over 7 (7.8) gifts and spending $291.4 total per groomsman. Top three most bought gifts in this area are similar to its northern counterpart including the To the 9’s Tri Pack, Your Buddy’s Buddies—Single Blade Knife, and Combat Cooler—Olive Green.

Alabama

Number of weddings: 34,816
Average spend on weddings: $17,216
Average gift spend for attendants: $86

Average groomsmen gift spend: $290.90
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $37.04

Arkansas

Number of weddings: 31,063
Average spend on weddings: $17,433
Average gift spend for attendants: $88

Top 3 Favorite Groomsmen’s Gifts:

Stogie Stacker Stogie Stacker Gronkscrew Gronkscrew Combat Cooler—Olive Green Combat Cooler—Olive Green

Average groomsmen gift spend: $270.60
Average number of groomsmen: 8
Average gift spend per groomsman: $34.22

Florida

Number of weddings: 169,578
Average spend on weddings: $20,933
Average gift spend for attendants: $96

Average groomsmen gift spend: $254.30
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $39.08

Georgia

Number of weddings: 59,902
Average spend on weddings: $21,666
Average gift spend for attendants: $95

Average groomsmen gift spend: $267.80
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $39.29

Kentucky

Number of weddings: 32,065
Average spend on weddings: $17,607
Average gift spend for attendants: $87

Average groomsmen gift spend: $253.10
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $36.74

Louisiana

Number of weddings: 32,384
Average spend on weddings: $19,681
Average gift spend for attendants: $92

Average groomsmen gift spend: $291.40
Average number of groomsmen: 8
Average gift spend per groomsman: $37.31

Mississippi

Number of weddings: 16,449
Average spend on weddings: $15,260
Average gift spend for attendants: $84

Average groomsmen gift spend: $270.20
Average number of groomsmen: 8
Average gift spend per groomsman: $33.70

North Carolina

Number of weddings: 68,270
Average spend on weddings: $20,416
Average gift spend for attendants: $95

Average groomsmen gift spend: $252.90
Average number of groomsmen 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $37.11

South Carolina

Number of weddings: 32,965
Average spend on weddings: $20,047
Average gift spend for attendants: $95

Average groomsmen gift spend: $249.50
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $36.06

Tennessee

Number of weddings: 57,503
Average spend on weddings: $18,346
Average gift spend for attendants: $87

Average groomsmen gift spend: $263.60
Average number of groomsmen: 8
Average gift spend per groomsman: $34.61

Virginia

Number of weddings: 57,319
Average spend on weddings: $29,196
Average gift spend for attendants: $106

Average groomsmen gift spend: $241.10
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $36.60

West Virginia

Number of weddings: 13,728
Average spend on weddings: $18,228
Average gift spend for attendants: $93

Average groomsmen gift spend: $263.00
Average number of groomsmen 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $36.85

Midwest Region [ Hide ]

Illinois champions the destination-to-be for weddings in the Midwest with 71,439 couples tying the knot, followed by Ohio with 65,076.

Minnesota ranks number 1 for groomsmen total gift spend at $289.60 with an average of over 7 (7.5) gifts per groomsman. Nebraska spends less but the state tops the number of gifts given averaging at 8 items per groomsman.

Illinois

Number of weddings: 71,439
Average spend on weddings: $25,918
Average gift spend for attendants: $99

Average groomsmen gift spend: $287.70
Average number of groomsmen 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $38.90

Indiana

Number of weddings: 45,589
Average spend on weddings: $21,004
Average gift spend for attendants: $94

Average groomsmen gift spend: $254.20
Average number of groomsmen 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $37.54

Iowa

Number of weddings: 19,508
Average spend on weddings: $23,426
Average gift spend for attendants: $96

Average groomsmen gift spend: $284.10
Average number of groomsmen: 8
Average gift spend per groomsman: $37.26

Kansas

Number of weddings: 17,467
Average spend on weddings: $22,407
Average gift spend for attendants: $95

Average groomsmen gift spend: $243.50
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsman: $38.37

Michigan

Number of weddings: 58,201
Average spend on weddings: $20,942
Average gift spend for attendants: $94

Average groomsmen gift spend: $259.10
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $37.79

Minnesota

Number of weddings: 31,664
Average spend on weddings: $27,332
Average gift spend for attendants: $103

Average groomsmen gift spend: $289.60
Average number of groomsmen: 8
Average gift spend per groomsman: $38.51

Missouri

Number of weddings: 41,509
Average spend on weddings: $20,058
Average gift spend for attendants: $93

Average groomsmen gift spend: $249.00
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $35.46

Nebraska

Number of weddings: 12,036
Average spend on weddings: $23,488
Average gift spend for attendants: $96

Average groomsmen gift spend: $277.60
Average number of groomsmen: 8
Average gift spend per groomsman: $34.84

North Dakota

Number of weddings: 4,466
Average spend on weddings: $26,774
Average gift spend for attendants: $101

Average groomsmen gift spend: $248.20
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $36.23

Ohio

Number of weddings: 65,076
Average spend on weddings: $21,478
Average gift spend for attendants: $95

Average groomsmen gift spend: $253.40
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $36.77

South Dakota

Number of weddings: 6,105
Average spend on weddings: $22,896
Average gift spend for attendants: $97

Average groomsmen gift spend: $248.40
Average number of groomsmen: 8
Average gift spend per groomsman: $33.06

Wisconsin

Number of weddings: 33,109
Average spend on weddings:: $23,680
Average gift spend for attendants: $97

Average groomsmen gift spend: $257.10
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $35.18

Southwest Region [ Hide ]

Texas bags the most number of weddings with 172,463 ceremonies held all over the state. Average cost for each wedding is at $24,500. The southern state is also the most generous to groomsmen spending $257.70 total on over 7 gifts per groomsman. Top 3 favorite gifts include the To the 9’s Tri Pack, Your Buddy’s Buddies—Single Blade Knife and Combat Cooler—Olive Green. Quite a contrast to New Mexico’s stats with a total of 11,291 weddings spending $18,470 on average per wedding.

 

Arizona

Number of weddings: 40,555
Average spend on weddings: $21,605
Average gift spend for attendants: $99

Average groomsmen gift spend: $242.10
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsman: $38.83

New Mexico

Number of weddings: 11,291
Average spend on weddings: $18,470
Average gift spend for attendants: $95

Average groomsmen gift spend: $239.70
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $37.16

Oklahoma

Number of weddings: 28,194
Average spend on weddings: $21,032
Average gift spend for attendants: $92

Average groomsmen gift spend: $266.40
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $40.93

Texas

Number of weddings: 172,463
Average spend on weddings: $24,520
Average gift spend for attendants: $95

Average groomsmen gift spend: $257.70
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $36.34

West Region [ Hide ]

California reigns wedding supreme in the west. A whooping 247,016 total weddings with an average cost of $31,437each. Surprisingly, Nevada, home to some of the best destination wedding venues in the country, comes in second with a total of 110,216 and averaging at $21,879 cost for each ceremony.

In Montana, each groomsman is lavished with more than 6 gifts with an average spend of $274.9. Colorado comes close with $255.30 total spend on groomsmen. Top favorite gifts for groomsmen in this region includes the AXimum Effort, Your Buddy’s Buddies—Single Blade Knife, and Flask It in a Casket.

Alaska

Number of weddings: 5,373
Average spend on weddings: $34,298
Average gift spend for attendants: $122

Average groomsmen gift spend: $253.80
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsman: $38.95

California

Number of weddings: 247,016
Average spend on weddings: $31,437
Average gift spend for attendants: $119

Average groomsmen gift spend: $258.20
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $38.36

Colorado

Number of weddings: 36,840
Average spend on weddings: $27,646
Average gift spend for attendants: $107

Average groomsmen gift spend: $255.30
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $37.21

Hawaii

Number of weddings: 22,857
Average spend on weddings: $37,827
Average gift spend for attendants: $136

Average groomsmen gift spend: $171.30
Average number of groomsmen: 5
Average gift spend per groomsman: $34.60

Idaho

Number of weddings: 13,433
Average spend on weddings: $19,925
Average gift spend for attendants: $97

Average groomsmen gift spend: $183.50
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsman: $31.63

Montana

Number of weddings: 8,301
Average spend on weddings: $20,706
Average gift spend for attendants: $99

Average groomsmen gift spend: $274.90
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $42.57

Nevada

Number of weddings: 110,216
Average spend on weddings: $21,879
Average gift spend for attendants: $101

Average groomsmen gift spend: $238.30
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsman: $38.68

Oregon

Number of weddings: 28,414
Average spend on weddings: $26,175
Average gift spend for attendants: $112

Average groomsmen gift spend: $211.50
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsman: $36.35

Utah

Number of weddings: 25,877
Average spend on weddings: $27,095
Average gift spend for attendants: $105

Average groomsmen gift spend: $194.90
Average number of groomsmen: 7
Average gift spend per groomsman: $29.78

Washington

Number of weddings: 45,218
Average spend on weddings: $29,511
Average gift spend for attendants: $111

Average groomsmen gift spend: $221.80
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsman: $36.01

Wyoming

Number of weddings: 4,199
Average spend on weddings: $26,017
Average gift spend for attendants: $102

Top 3 Favorite Groomsmen’s Gifts:

Leather Money Cliplet Leather Money Cliplet Pack Edge Deal Pack Edge Deal Macho Hatchet Macho Hatchet

Average groomsmen gift spend: $227.60
Average number of groomsmen: 6
Average gift spend per groomsman: $41.50

The Busiest Region to Wed in and the Highest Spending

Just so you have an idea on how many couples were on a mad dash to get married last year, the busiest region for weddings based on the data from the Wedding Report last year is the southeast region, composed of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama , Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida—the state with the highest number of weddings last year in the southeast. After summing up the figures, we found that the southeast region married off a total of 606,042 couples. As for the amount spent on the wedding, Virginia holds the record for highest average on wedding spend.

However, if you look closer, all the way to the west region, California outranks Florida with its total number of weddings reaching up to 247,016. It is surprising to see this figure as most people would expect it to be Nevada, home of the go-to wedding destination, Las Vegas.

In terms of wedding spend, the west rules with Hawaii’s average of $37,827 with New Jersey following close at $36,943. This also comes as a surprise knowing that New York, specifically, Manhattan, is known to be the most expensive city in the US. But looking at the data as a group, it’s the northeast region that generated the highest wedding spend last year. Here’s a quick summary on how each region ranked in wedding attendance and spend.

The Busiest Region to Wed in and the Highest Spending

The Most Generous and the Least Generous States to Groomsmen

They were not joking when they said that the wedding industry is worth billions. Last year alone, based on the data provided above, the estimated total wedding spend, based on average wedding spend from each state per region, is roughly $1,258,091.

Based on the same study from the Wedding Report 2018, we’ve collated the average amount of money spent on gifts for attendants during weddings. Hawaii is the highest spender on gifts averaging at $136, followed by New York at $133, Massachusetts at $129, Connecticut at $128, and Alaska at $122.

Compare them with the our sales data, the top 3 states considered the most generous when it comes to gift spending for groomsmen is New Jersey, averaging at $304.7, followed by Louisiana ($291.4) and Minnesota ($289.6).

New Jersey spends that amount for seven or more gifts per groomsman, which means about $40.58 on each item. Same goes for Louisiana for around the same number of items but with a lower spend on each gift, roughly $37.31. Minnesota has around the same number of items, roughly $38.51 a pop.

As for the states least generous to groomsmen, surprisingly, Hawaii sits at the bottom with an average order value of $171.3. Next comes Idaho at $183.5, followed by Utah at $194.90. Using the same data, we’ve drawn out the information for each state per region for reference.

Northeast

Southeast

Midwest

Southwest

West

Top Favorite Groomsmen Gifts Right Now

In case you’re scrambling for ideas on what to buy your best buddies, we’ve also collected and ranked the favorite gifts bought for groomsmen last year and clustered these items per region. We’ve reviewed the data we’ve gathered over and over, but surprisingly, there are only two groomsmen gifts that stood out the most from each region.

The total number of gift items surveyed last year is 744. The most favorite groomsmen gift based on our sales data is none other than the To the 9’s Tri Pack, described as such: “A classy combo that works magic in numbers, this box set collection is a trio that will sing sweet music to any of your groomsmen.” The tri pack is housed in a wooden box, which comes with a money clip, a tie clip, and cuff links—all ready to be personalized. When you’re down to the short strokes with your groomsmen’s overall appearance, adding these three silver and stainless tri can serve as the final touches to complete the classic gentleman look you’re aiming for.

The second in line is Your Buddy’s Buddies, which banks on the balance of two opposites. Known as the “yin to a yang” and vice versa, these buddies come with a shot glass and a pocketknife wrapped in a wooden box. An unlikely pair but it definitely works for bros with personalities that compliment more, clash less.

The rest that made it to the state level include the Leather Money Cliplet, The TerManator, AXimum Effort, Dude Doctor, A Cuff Is Enough, and Macho Hatchet. Check out the actual results per region and state:

Top Groomsmen Gift for Each Region

1. Northeast To the 9’s Tri Pack
To the 9’s Tri Pack
2. Southwest Your Buddy’s Buddies
Your Buddy’s Buddies
3. Southeast To the 9’s Tri Pack
To the 9’s Tri Pack
4. Midwest To the 9’s Tri Pack
To the 9’s Tri Pack
5. West Your Buddy’s Buddies
Your Buddy’s Buddies

How We Did the Math

We’ve created a wedding profile for each state using the statistics from The Wedding Report 2018, just to give you an idea of what the wedding budget is like per state and how many couples tie the knot in that place every year. We collated the number of weddings celebrated during that year with the average wedding spend for each. We also included the average gifts spent on attendants, as your groomsmen will be doing most of the legwork for you.

Then, we clustered the average wedding costs per region and summed up the average based on the same report and compared our sales data, including popular gifts, average order value, number of groomsmen, and average gift spend per groomsman.

After gathering the needed data, we summed them up based on the following assumptions:

  • Respondents are from age 25 to 45 years old.
  • Confirmed buyers of groomsmen’s gifts.
  • Confirmed grooms and brides to be and wedding planners.
  • Salary range from $50,000 to $150,000 per year.

Key Takeaways

To quickly wrap up everything, we’ve come up with the following conclusions that may help you in your wedding. Whether you decide on having it out of town or in your city, costs will pile up regardless, and it’s up to you and your partner to prioritize what’s essential for you both.

Knowing which regions are the busiest, how much each state costs, how much people shell out for gifts, and what you will get your groomsmen will, hopefully, guide you in making the right decisions for your special day. We thought covering the need-to-know wedding basics for you will help you hit the ground running and lessen the stress for your upcoming nuptials. Given the context above, here’s what we think:

  • Weddings are definitely more than a billion-dollar industry.
  • California is by far the busiest state to have a wedding in.
  • Southeast region rules in wedding ceremonies.
  • Out of 744 possible gifts to give groomsmen, only 2 stood out across regions.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, New York is not the biggest wedding spender—Hawaii is king.
  • New Jersey, Louisiana, and Minnesota absolutely love their groomsmen—top three big spenders on gifts.
  • Not much love from Hawaii, Idaho, and Utah for groomsmen.
  • Groomsmen get the threesome treatment as gifts: a money clip, a tie clip, and cuff links.

Here Is Your Next Step

Learn more about the best groomsmen gifts for your bros and why you should get them on your upcoming wedding. All products are on sale as of this writing. Click on the product links provided for you to access the favorite groomsmen gifts at a discounted price. Keep reading, and watch out for our next article about weddings and gift giving.

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