Post # 1
There are often quotes of the average American wedding costing $20k, but this Slate article talks about the flaws of the online surveys. The median cost is lower than the mean! Does this surprise anyone? The wedding industry is wily! http://www.slate.com/articles/life/weddings/2013/06/average_wedding_cost_published_numbers_on_the_price_of_a_wedding_are_totally.html
Post # 2
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
Great article! And did you watch the video about dresses? That’s crazy!
Post # 4
I skipped the dress video, in pretty sure that it will just get me wound up.
Post # 5
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
craigslistgirl: We were taught the difference between average (mean) and median in elementary school.
Post # 7
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
craigslistgirl: The bigger problem (as the Slate article mentions) is who they survey. Their surveys naturally attract people doing bigger weddings.
Post # 9
julies1949: And yet the rep from theknot still got it confused in the interview! When people read the average, I doubt most people really get into the nitty gritty of the mathematical definitions.