The 25 most expensive places in the US to get married

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A wedding in Chicago could cost $US60,294. Anne Richard/Shutterstock
  • The average American wedding costs $US33,931, 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 $US33,931, the same average as the 2017 survey.

However, the most expensive locale for a wedding, New York City, costs $US96,910 on average, up from $US76,944 in 2017. For reference, the national mean household income is $US84,525 a year.

The Knot also found the average guest count (136), average wedding gown price ($US1,631), 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 $US35,334

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Average household income in Houston:$US92,532


24. A wedding in South Carolina costs $US35,942

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Average household income in South Carolina: $US48,781


23. A wedding in the Chicago suburbs in Illinois costs $US36,250

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Average household income in Chicago:$US95,010


22. A wedding in Hawaii costs $US37,338

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Average household income in Hawaii: $US95,569


21. A wedding in Orange County/Inland Empire, California, costs $US37,760

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Average household income in Los Angeles:$US99,303


20. A wedding in Baltimore, Maryland, costs $US39,167

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Average household income in Baltimore:$US101,124


19. A wedding in California’s Palm Springs/Desert Communities costs $US39,504

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Average household income in Palm Springs:$US62,239


18. A wedding in Washington DC/Northern Virginia/suburban Maryland costs $US39,801

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Average household income in Washington DC:$US128,402


17. A wedding in New Orleans, Louisiana, costs $US40,753

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Average household income in New Orleans:$US48,781


16. A wedding in San Francisco and the Bay Area, California, costs $US41,341

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Average household income in San Francisco:$US140,720


15. A wedding in South Florida costs $US42,596

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Average household income in Miami:$US81,633


14. A wedding in Los Angeles, California, costs $US42,638

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Average household income in Los Angeles:$US99,303


13. A wedding in Connecticut costs $US42,853

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Average household income in Connecticut:$US105,998


12. A wedding in Boston, Massachusetts, costs $US44,557

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Average household income in Boston:$US116,561


11. A wedding in Santa Barbara/Ventura, California, costs $US45,991

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Average household income in Santa Barbara:$US97,025


10. A wedding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the nearby Delaware area costs $US46,640

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Average household income in Philadelphia:$US95,595


9. A wedding in South New Jersey costs $US47,148

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Average household income in Burlington County:$US104,955


8. A wedding in New York City’s outer boroughs costs $US56,967

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Average household income in New York:$US110,849


7. A wedding in Westchester/Hudson Valley, New York, costs $US57,678

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Average household income in Westchester County:$US143,304


6. A wedding in North and Central New Jersey costs $US58,107

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Average household income in Middlesex County:$US104,526


5. A wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, costs $US58,425

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Average household income in Cape Cod: $US111,641


4. A wedding in Rhode Island costs $US59,201

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Average household income in Rhode Island:$US98,954


3. A wedding in Chicago, Illinois, costs $US60,294

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Average household income in Chicago:$US95,010


2. A wedding on Long Island, New York, costs $US66,409

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Average household income in Suffolk County:$US118,116


1. A wedding in Manhattan, New York, costs $US96,910

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Average household income in New York:$US110,849