A recent survey by WeddingBells.ca of 2200 brides and brides-to-be reveals the most recent wedding trends and facts from Canadian brides getting ready to walk down the aisle. It covered everything from engagements and relationships to style, tradition and the final bill for the wedding. While these are 2013 statistics (the most recent) the results could give us an indication of what is to come for 2015.

– Nearly one in four engagements occur in December (23%). The second most popular month for engagements is August (11%).

– 46% of currently engaged women are planning a traditional wedding. 42% say their wedding will be less formal, 12% say the day will be quite simple.

– 78% of brides will have a bridal shower.

– 69% of brides agree they are likely to spend more than they had budgeted for; 40% strongly agree.

– The expected cost of a wedding in Canada is $23,458, including the engagement ring.

– 75% of brides have registered with at least one store.

– 89% of brides say they will spend at least one day away for their honeymoon.

– 26% of honeymoon locations are decided solely by the bride, while 60% are joint decisions.

– 76% of brides say they will purchase at least one wedding-related item online (up from 66% in 2012).

– 72% agree, “social media plays an important role in the planning of my wedding” (up from 47% in 2012).

Additional highlights from the 2013 survey include these findings:

– There will be an estimated 165,297 weddings in Canada during 2013.

– December remains the most popular time to get engaged with 23% of men popping the question that month.

– 49% of weddings will occur between July and September.

– The most popular month to marry in is August. September has edged out July for second most popular month for the second consecutive year.

– The average number of wedding guests is 124.

– While traditional weddings are the most popular type of wedding, “less formal” weddings are quickly gaining in popularity.

– In 2012, only 25 percent of those recently married undertook a DIY project such as making their own centrepieces, reception décor or guest favours. In 2013, this number doubled to more than half.

– 12% of Canadian brides are planning on having a destination wedding.

A national sample of 2,220 engaged readers participated in the survey. Confidence interval: +/-2.1%, 19 times out of 20.