Misleading "average" wedding cost?

posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I just wish fewer couples worried about the “average” in the first place.  Think about what is actually important to you, and what you can afford, and worry less about the averages!

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Great article! And did you watch the video about dresses? That’s crazy! 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I skipped the dress video, in pretty sure that it will just get me wound up.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

This has been discussed before, and it doesn’t surprise me the median is less than the mean.  The minimum price can only go so low, but there’s no limit on a potential maximum.

I don’t find the stats to be misleading, as this is to be expected.  The few stats given are never going to be enough for everyone – instead of just a mean and median, why not show a histogram as well?

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 

craigslistgirl:  We were taught the difference between average (mean) and median in elementary school.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

Interesting. So it turns out a lot of designer gowns are made of the same fabrics and made in china just like an off the rack dress. 

I went into the wrong business. I should have been a wedding gown designer.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

craigslistgirl:  The bigger problem (as the Slate article mentions) is who they survey. Their surveys naturally attract people doing bigger weddings.

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