8 in 10 Americans say too much spent on weddings

A bride waits to fill out marriage papers at a busy City Clerk's office on December 12, 2012 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

(CBS News) Most Americans think too much money is spent on weddings these days, according to a recent CBS News Poll.

While 80 percent say Americans spend too much on weddings, 12 percent think the right amount of money is spent.

A mere three percent say Americans don't spend enough on their nuptials.

Majorities across ages, income levels and genders think Americans generally spend too much money on weddings. Among men (and that may include some fathers of the bride), 78 percent say too much is spent, while 82 percent of women says too much is spent.

When women in the CBS News Poll are asked what type of wedding dress they prefer, more favor a dress with a simple design (47%) rather than a more elaborate one (7%). A sizable number of women (46%) don't care much either way.

Total Respondents: 1,006
Total Women: 505

This poll was conducted by telephone from June 19-23, 2013 among 1,006 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions of Media, Pa. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The margin of error for the sample of women could be plus or minus four points. The error for subgroups may be higher. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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