What the average bride spends on her wedding dress in every state

Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesAlison Manson and George Patterson Manson III take their first dance during their wedding reception at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia.

Picking a wedding dress, for some brides, is the best part of planning a wedding. But it can also be daunting. Depending on your budget, it can be a huge expense.

INSIDER Data and WeddingWire worked together to see how much brides across the US spend on their dresses. As a whole, the most expensive region was the Mid-Atlantic region, including states like New York, which topped the list, and New Jersey, which came in second. On the flip side, the least was spent on dresses in the northern Midwestern states, like North Dakota and South Dakota, which ranked 50th and 51st respectively.

Keep scrolling to see how much the average wedding dress costs in your state.


ALABAMA: $US1,571

Gary Tramontina / for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesNewlyweds A.J. Horsley and Randy Wilson at their wedding in Wilsonville, Alabama.

This average is only $US30 more than the average amount spent on a wedding dress in all of the southern Atlantic US, which is $US1,541.


ALASKA: $US1,473

Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty ImagesMary Anne Feeney and Jonathan Brady have portraits taken a few hours before their wedding ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska.

Alaska has one of the highest divorce rates in the country – it’s tied for eighth with Florida. On average, there are 3.6 divorces per 1,000 people.


ARIZONA: $US1,514.50

Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty ImagesA couple pose for wedding photographs in the Sonoran desert’s Superstition Mountains at the Lost Dutchman State Park in Arizona.

The average cost of a wedding in Arizona is $US21,605.


ARKANSAS: $US1,287

Yelp/Low’s Bridal ShopLow’s Bridal Shop in Brinkley, Arkansas.

There are two types of marriages in Arkansas, covenant and non-covenant. A covenant marriage is stricter: In order to obtain a divorce, a couple must go through marital counseling and be separated for a specific period of time.


CALIFORNIA: $US1,780

Yelp/Iliana L.A bride wearing a dress from David’s Bridal in Murietta, California.

In California, the average age of a bride and groom is 28.6 years old and 30.5 years, respectively.


COLORADO: $US1,583

Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesKori Teper and her new husband David getting their wedding photos taken on the top of Swan Mountain Road in Breckenridge, Colorado.

In Colorado, a wedding licence costs $US30.


CONNECTICUT: $US1,964

Yelp/BHLDNBHLDN in Westport, Connecticut.

You can get married totally alone in Connecticut – no witnesses necessary.


DELAWARE: $US1,981*

Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesSenior Airman Mary Kate Kennish shopping for a dress.

Unfortunately, there was insufficient data for Delaware as a state, so the $US1,981 is the average price for all of the Mid-Atlantic states.


WASHINGTON, DC: $US1,682

Yelp/Lovely BrideLovely Bride in Washington, DC.

DC’s high average rounds out the top 10 states that spend the most on wedding dresses.


FLORIDA: $US1,521.50

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesA couple stands together as they participate in a group Valentine’s day wedding ceremony at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

South Florida specifically spent the most on wedding dresses in the state, at an average of $US1,628.


GEORGIA: $US1,707

Wilford Harewood/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’

59,902 couples were married in Georgia in 2018.


HAWAII: $US1,688

Yelp/Jennifer S.Bijou Bridal & Special Occasion in Honolulu, Hawaii.

A wedding in Hawaii will set you back, on average, $US37,827.


IDAHO: $US1,319

Katherine Jones/Idaho Statesman/MCT via Getty ImagesChrissy Popadics and Boise State football star Ian Johnson were married on in Boise, Idaho, in 2007.

While that doesn’t seem like too much, the average cost of an entire wedding in Idaho is $US19,925, according to The Wedding Report.


ILLINOIS: $US1,581

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesMyra Rodriguez and Janeida Rivera share a moment after exchanging vows in a Civil Union ceremony in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois.

The US is one of 25 countries to have legalised same-sex marriage.


INDIANA: $US1,359

Yelp/Marie Gabriel Couture BridalMarie Gabriel Couture in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Almost half of the population of the Hoosier state is married.


IOWA: $US1,400

Yelp/Sherry B.Hope’s Bridal in Atkins, Iowa.

Iowa ranked No. 34 for most expensive wedding dresses, which is relatively low. But it ended up being one of the highest of the Midwestern states.


KANSAS: $US1,420*

Yelp/Mia’s Bridal & TailoringA bride that found her dress at Mia’s Bridal and Tailoring in Olathe, Kansas.

There wasn’t enough data solely for Kansas, but the average of all the northern Midwestern states was $US1,420.


KENTUCKY: $US1,345

Yelp/Rebecca’s Wedding BoutiqueThe dresses at Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kentucky edged its way into the bottom 10, ranking at No. 41.


LOUISIANA: $US1,363.50

Trung Le/Getty ImagesGroom and bride and the wedding party join in the procession ‘second lining’ down Royal Street in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Weddings in New Orleans are a real treat – after the ceremony, all the guests, plus the bride and groom, parade through the French Quarter in what’s called a second line.


MAINE: $US1,672

Yelp/Dream Dress BridalA bride who found her dress at Dream Dress Bridal in Bangor, Maine.

Maine and Colorado are tied for 17th in the country for highest divorce rate. There were 3.2 divorces per 1,000 people in Maine in 2017.


MARYLAND: $US1,564

Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesSherrette Estes, L, and Maribel Garate pass by their guests immediately after exchanging wedding vows at Glenview Mansion in Rockville, Maryland.
In 2018, 36,712 couples were married in the state of Maryland.


MASSACHUSETTS: $US1,598.50

Yelp/Ivy P.I Do Wedding Dresses and Photography in Boston, Massachusetts.

The average Boston bride spends $US1,633 on a wedding dress. Out in Cape Cod that number skyrockets to $US2,382.


MICHIGAN: $US1,377

Yelp/The Wedding ShoppeThe Wedding Shoppe in Berkley, Michigan.

Detroit brides spend more on their dresses than the average Michigan bride, at around $US1,560.


MINNESOTA: $US1,358

Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesBride Najma Omar Aballa – Suweyda Gale and Abdirahman Muhamed Sheikhabdi dance during their wedding reception in Roseville, Minnesota.

The Minnesota government is big on education. A wedding licence costs $US40… but only if you have taken a premarital education course. Without it, the licence will set you back $US115.


MISSISSIPPI: $US1,352

Yelp/Mimi’s BridalDresses at Mimi’s Bridal in Laurel, Mississippi.

In Mississippi, both “idiocy” and impotence are valid grounds for divorce.


MISSOURI: $US1,549.50

Craig F. Walker/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesJust married, Kyle and Megan Bobos kiss after having their wedding photos taken at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

Brides in St. Louis actually spent a little less than Missouri’s statewide average, at $US1,758.


MONTANA: $US1,176

Yelp/Ann B.An entire family dressed by J Scott Couture Bridal in Bigfork, Montana.

Ranked 49th, Montana brides spend the least, on average, on their wedding dresses.


NEBRASKA: $US1,270

Yelp/Emmy G.Blush Bridal Boutique in Lincoln, Nebraska.

An average Nebraskan wedding costs $US23,488.


NEVADA: $US1,420

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesA wedding party poses for photos by the iconic sign at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Getting divorced is tricky in Nevada, but getting an annulment on the grounds of an inability to consent (read: being intoxicated) is relatively simple.


NEW HAMPSHIRE: $US1,587

Yelp/Madeleine’s DaughterA bride tries on dresses at Madeleine’s Daughter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

On average, men are 30.2 and women are 28.2 years old when they get hitched in New Hampshire.


NEW JERSEY: $US2,029

Yelp/Kiwon K.Ally’s Bridal and Boutique in Hoboken, New Jersey.

New Jersey almost made the top spot, but fell just short and landed at No. 2. Brides here spend a hair less on their dresses than New Yorkers, but more than the rest of the US.


NEW MEXICO: $US1,426

Yelp/Ann Matthews BridalAnn Matthews Bridal in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The most popular item on wedding registries in New Mexico is this Anolon Advanced Umber Hard Anodized Non-Stick, 12-Piece Cookware Set.


NEW YORK: $US2,463

Chris Sorensen for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesReal Amsale bride Bria Langner tries on pieces from Amsale’s new line of wedding dresses in New York, New York, New York.

New York brides spend the most on their dresses, with an average of $US2,463. Manhattan’s average is even higher, at $US3,376.


NORTH CAROLINA: $US1,460

Yelp/Blush BridalThe showroom at Blush Bridal in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

If you want to tie the knot in North Carolina, you need at least two witnesses.


NORTH DAKOTA: $US1,117

Michael Rougier/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesA bride in North Dakota in 1962.

North Dakota brides spend the second-to-least on wedding dresses: only brides in its southern neighbour, South Dakota, spend less.


OHIO: $US1,462

Yelp/Luxe R.The showroom at Luxe Redux Bridal Boutique in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio landed smack in the middle in terms of wedding dress spending, ranking 25th in the US.


OKLAHOMA: $US1,397

Yelp/TheFormal N.The Formal Niche in Yukon, Oklahoma.

The average cost of a wedding in Oklahoma is $US21,032.


OREGON: $US1,242

Yelp/Erin S.Brides for a Cause in Portland, Oregon.

Oregon uniquely only has one legal reason for divorce: “When irreconcilable differences between the parties have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage/domestic partnership.”


PENNSYLVANIA: $US1,781

Yelp/La Belle Mariee BridalLa Belle Mariee Bridal in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Getting married in Pennsylvania includes a three-day waiting period between applying for and receiving a marriage licence.


RHODE ISLAND: $US2,029

Yelp/Spark Bridal OutletSpark Bridal Outlet in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is only one of three states whose average wedding dress purchase costs more than $US2,000.


SOUTH CAROLINA: $US1,656

John Moore/Getty ImagesRev. Andy Sidden marries Melissa Adams and Meagan Martin during their wedding ceremony in Lexington, South Carolina.

The most popular wedding registry item in South Carolina (and many other states) is a Roomba.


SOUTH DAKOTA: $US929

Courtesy of Love Struck Bridal Boutique/FacebookLove Struck Bridal Boutique in Rapid City, South Dakota.

South Dakota brides spend the least on their wedding dresses: it’s the only state in which brides spend less than $US1,000 on their dresses on average.


TENNESSEE: $US1,571

Royce Degrie/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesShanira Tankard of ‘Thicker Than Water,’ which films in Murfreesboro.

Tennessee is tied for 18th with Alabama when it comes to wedding dress spending.


TEXAS: $US1,437

Yelp/Winnie CoutureA bride at Winnie Couture in Houston, Texas.

Brides in Houston spend the most on dresses in the state: the average wedding dress there cost $US2,071.


UTAH: $US1,179

Robert Alexander/Getty ImagesA newlywed Mormon bride talks with wedding guests after her wedding ceremony in the Salt Lake Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City.

Utah ranks 48th when it comes to dress spending.


VERMONT: $US1,681

Yelp/Fiori Bridal BoutiqueThe dresses at Fiori Bridal Boutique in Essex Junction, Vermont.

In Vermont, 34.3% of men and 28% of women have never been married.


VIRGINIA: $US1,458

Joseph Victor Stefanchik for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesAlison ‘Ali’ Manson and George Patterson Manson III take their first dance during their wedding reception at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia.

The average cost of a wedding in Virginia is $US29,196.


WASHINGTON: $US1,425

Yelp/Bellevue Bridal BoutiqueA bride trying on a dress at Bellevue Bridal Boutique in Bellevue, Washington.

In Washington, 45,218 couples were married in 2018.


WEST VIRGINIA: $US1,204

Yelp/Nargess C.A bride who found her dress at David’s Bridal.

On average, men in West Virginia marry at 28.5 years old, and women wed at 26.4.


WISCONSIN: $US1,434

Yelp/A Savvy BrideA dress from A Savvy Bride in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, the most popular item that newlyweds are asking for is an 8-piece Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Self-Sharpening Set.


WYOMING: $US1,334

Yelp/Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis ClubA wedding at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club in Wyoming.

An average Wyoming wedding will set you back $US26,017.

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