Top 25 most expensive places in America to get married

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Top 25 most expensive places in America to get married
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According to a survey conducted by the The Knot, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $32,641.

Read more: Does a glitzy wedding make the marriage?

But many engaged couples trump that cost — some more than double — in some cities and states across the nation. 

Couples in Manhattan spend an average of nearly $87,000 to tie the knot — almost triple the national average.

Lovebirds in Long Island, Philadelphia and Boston spend a lot too. Those three cities made the top 15 in The Knot’s list of the 25 most expensive places to get married in America. 

Read more: How to plan a cheap wedding

Top 25 most expensive places to get married

Here is the complete list and the average cost of a wedding in each city or state: 

  1. Manhattan — $86,916
  2. Long Island — $57,343
  3. North and Central New Jersey — $51,287
  4. Chicago — $48,449
  5. New York City Outer Boroughs — $48,449
  6. Santa Barbara and Ventura, California —  $44,214
  7. Rhode Island — $42,469
  8. Westchester and Hudson Valley, New York — $42,444
  9. Connecticut — $41,745
  10. Philadelphia — $40,350
  11. Los Angeles — $38,735
  12. South New Jersey — $38,620
  13. Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and suburban Maryland — $37,487
  14. Southern Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas — $37,210
  15. Boston — $35,512
  16. Houston — $35,475
  17. Louisiana — $35,008
  18. Lehigh Valley and Poconos, Pennsylvania — $34,488
  19. San Francisco — $33,836
  20. Orange County and Inland Empire, California — $32,021
  21. Baltimore — $31,964
  22. Chicago suburbs — $31,489
  23. Detroit — $31,044
  24. San Diego — $30,885
  25. Maine — $29,854 

The wedding site broke down the budgets of weddings with information gathered from 18,000 brides and grooms married in 2015 and found that the most money is generally spent on the wedding venue, the engagement ring and the reception band respectively.

Read more: How to negotiate a dream wedding

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