Saturday, March 26, 2011

Top 20 Most Expensive Wedding Areas in the U.S.

how much does a wedding costA recent survey by TheKnot revealed the Top 20 Most Expensive Wedding Cities and Austin,TX rounded out this year's list at #20.

New York City (Manhattan) topped the rankings as having the highest average wedding budget ($70,730) of any other U.S. city while Utah has the lowest average wedding budget ($13,214), excluding honeymoon only.

The other cities are:

1. Manhattan, NYC: $70,730
2. Long Island, NY: $51,811
3. Northern/Central NJ: $49,347
4. Rhode Island: $41,169
5. Philadelphia, PA: $36,294
6. Santa Barbara/Los Angeles, CA: $36,233
7. Boston, MA: $35,458
8. Chicago, IL: $35,389
9. Connecticut: $35,197
10. Miami, FL: $33,810
11. Washington, DC: $33,727
12. Orange County, CA: $31,954
13. San Francisco Bay Area, CA: $31,173
14. Baltimore, MD: $30,073
15. Houston, TX: $29,129
16. Pittsburgh, PA: $28,408
17. Dallas, TX: $27,823
18. Vermont: $27,333
19. Hawaii: $26,722
20. Austin/San Antonio, TX: $26,329

Nationwide, 12% of brides spend more than $40,000 on their wedding, and approximately 1 in 5 brides spend more than $30,000 on their wedding event, not including the engagement ring or honeymoon.

How does your budget compared to the average budget of other U.S. brides?


  1. That's surprising, Dallas, Houston and Austin all made the list!


  2. That's almost exactly what our wedding budget is. Freaky.

  3. I got married in Dallas, at a fabulous spot - my wedding rounded out at about $25k AND that was ME doing a bunch of craftiness myself, like my fan-style programs, boquets and centerpieces. OBNOXIOUS. But it was truly fab. :)


  4. Yikes! 70K! That's pretty ridiculous. I'm a budget bride planning her day for less than 20K.

  5. Weddings can be so expensive and it's amazing how quickly things can add up. :-)

  6. Based on our wedding bookings, for wedding entertainment Chicago brides spend on average 11% more than New York brides AND Austin couples spend an average of $750 for wedding entertainment but Dallas couples on average spend under $400, the lowest of any major city.

  7. Ha. I love that Minneapolis isn't on the list. And to top it all off, I think I'll be UNDER my $9000 budget. Sweet.


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