The 25 most expensive places in the US to get married
- The average American wedding costs $33,931, according to The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study.
- Among the most expensive places to get married were cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City, as well as regions like South New Jersey, and Long Island and Westchester County in New York.
- The most popular month to get engaged is December, while the most popular month to get married is September.
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Some Americans spend a lot on weddings - sometimes more than their annual salaries.According to The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study, a survey of 14,000 brides and grooms, the average American wedding costs $33,931, the same average as the 2017 survey. Advertisement
However, the most expensive locale for a wedding, New York City, costs $96,910 on average, up from $76,944 in 2017. For reference, the national mean household income is $84,525 a year.
The Knot also found the average guest count (136), average wedding gown price ($1,631), and the average age of brides and grooms (29.1 and 30.5, respectively). The most popular month to get engaged is December (16%), while the most popular month to get married is September (18%).For the first time, the Knot surveyed Generation Z (age 14 to 23) newlyweds, who aren't as drawn to wedding traditions as past generations. Some wedding traditions are becoming less common, like the bouquet toss (45% in 2018, down from 53% in 2016) or the garter toss (33%, down from 41% in 2016).
Wedding prices are higher than ever, and often they come close to or exceed average annual salaries.Here are the most expensive places to get married in America, along with the average household income of each location.
25. A wedding in Houston/East Texas costs $35,334
24. A wedding in South Carolina costs $35,942Advertisement
23. A wedding in the Chicago suburbs in Illinois costs $36,250
22. A wedding in Hawaii costs $37,338Advertisement
21. A wedding in Orange County/Inland Empire, California, costs $37,760
20. A wedding in Baltimore, Maryland, costs $39,167Advertisement
19. A wedding in California's Palm Springs/Desert Communities costs $39,504
18. A wedding in Washington DC/Northern Virginia/suburban Maryland costs $39,801Advertisement
17. A wedding in New Orleans, Louisiana, costs $40,753
16. A wedding in San Francisco and the Bay Area, California, costs $41,341Advertisement
15. A wedding in South Florida costs $42,596
14. A wedding in Los Angeles, California, costs $42,638Advertisement
13. A wedding in Connecticut costs $42,853
12. A wedding in Boston, Massachusetts, costs $44,557Advertisement
11. A wedding in Santa Barbara/Ventura, California, costs $45,991
10. A wedding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the nearby Delaware area costs $46,640Advertisement
9. A wedding in South New Jersey costs $47,148
8. A wedding in New York City's outer boroughs costs $56,967Advertisement
7. A wedding in Westchester/Hudson Valley, New York, costs $57,678
6. A wedding in North and Central New Jersey costs $58,107Advertisement
5. A wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, costs $58,425
4. A wedding in Rhode Island costs $59,201Advertisement
3. A wedding in Chicago, Illinois, costs $60,294
2. A wedding on Long Island, New York, costs $66,409Advertisement
1. A wedding in Manhattan, New York, costs $96,910
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