I do … cost a lot: Weddings by the numbers

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Market research says there are more than 2 million weddings in the United States every year

The average wedding cost is $28,427, according to a survey by TheKnot.com

Manhattan is the most expensive spot for a wedding -- an average of $76,687

CNN  — 

All you need is love, right? Sure, but a little cash can’t hurt, especially when it’s time to get hitched.

Weddings are big business across the United States. Here are some quick stats on how money meets matrimony, and the most popular places and ages at which to pledge your eternal devotion.

2,079,900: Weddings in the United States in 2012, according to market research by the Wedding Report.

$53.4 billion: Value of the wedding industry in the United States, according to market research by the Wedding Report.

26.9: Average age in 2011 for an American woman to marry for the first time.

28.9: Average age in 2011 for an American man to marry for the first time.

$28,427: Average cost of a wedding in the United States in 2012, according to data from the 2013 Real Weddings Survey by TheKnot.com of 75,000 brides.

$1,211: National average cost of a wedding dress.