Survey ranks New Jersey among top 10 states for wedding industry

The COVID pandemic has caused a number of weddings across the country, but that number has grown and improved for 2022.

An unprecedented 2.5 million weddings are expected to take place this year, which is a boom not seen since 1984. Good news if you’re in the wedding business.

The wedding industry is bouncing back in a big way and in a recent poll by, New Jersey is the 10th best state in the wedding industry. They looked at the average salaries of event planners, bakers, jewelers and florists.

What, no DJ? As a former wedding jock, I can tell you that it’s also a great deal if you have a personality and a knowledge of music. But I digress.

New Jersey came in 10th for annual salaries in these wedding-related fields, with the average Garden State event planner earning $63,610 a year; jeweler earning $47,670; florist earning $37,290; photographer winning $53,060; and baker earning $37,950.

New York was found to be the best state when it comes to event planner salary at $78,490, which is the highest in the country. Colorado has the hottest spot for wedding planning where for every 100,000 jobs, there are 128.9 people making a living organizing logistics around weddings, conventions, and other milestones.

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In New Jersey, for every 100,000 people, there are 54.8 people in event planning. When it comes to baking in New Jersey, for every 100,000 people, there are 127.8 in some form of business. Vermont has an employment rate of 261.7 percent thousand jobs. In terms of salary, New Jersey pays bakers an average of $37,950 per year.

The methodology from their site

“We used data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine where the wedding industry is thriving. We chose five occupations central to the industry – event planners, jewelers, florists, photographers and bakers – and identified their average annual salary and employment per 1,000 jobs, a rate we converted to measure employment per 100,000 jobs Data is as of May 2021, the most recent data at the state level Washington , DC, was excluded from the analysis to avoid unfair comparisons between city and state employment data.

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