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Most and Least Expensive Cities to Get Married

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You’ve dreamed of getting married since you were a child. But once the tears of joy have dried up, reality sets in. You have a wedding to plan (and pay for)! It’s no secret that weddings are expensive, especially when you factor in the venues, vendors, and dresses.

One of the biggest factors in wedding planning is choosing where you’ll get married. Do you dream of having a nice, beach wedding? How about a fun fiesta set in the California mountains? Or maybe you plan to marry in the hometown where you met your spouse. Weddings come at a hefty (and sometimes not-so-hefty) price tag. A 2016 survey of approximately 18,000 grooms and brides revealed the most expensive and least expensive places to get married in America. Here’s a look at the top ten:

Most expensive:

  1. New York — Manhattan: $78,464
  2. New York – Long Island: $67,831
  3. New Jersey — North/Central: $62,606
  4. Illinois – Chicago: $60,035
  5. New York — Outer Boroughs: $59,027
  6. Massachusetts – Cape Cod: $58,608
  7. New York — Westchester / Hudson Valley: $54,428
  8. Rhode Island: $52,328
  9. Florida – Southern: $48,596
  10. Pennsylvania – Philadelphia/Delaware: $48,093

Least expensive:

  1. Arkansas: $19,522
  2. Utah: $20,337
  3. Montana: $20,794
  4. Texas – West Texas: $21,688
  5. Oregon: $21,854
  6. Idaho: $22,018
  7. Arizona – Tucson: $22,175
  8. Iowa: $23,098
  9. Nevada: $23,239
  10. Oklahoma: $23,302

Wondering how much the venue, vendor, and dress may cost by region? Here are some sample examples and calculations (by US region) for you:

Northeast

Venue: Paradise Caterers, Brooklyn, NY. With plates starting at $45 per person, you can have a New York wedding without the heavy price tag.

Vendor: The Pros, Huntingdon Valley, PA. Combined video, photography, and DJ packages as low as $2,385.

Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal, New York City, NY. With tons of press, Kleinfeld Bridal is one of the top Bridal shops in the Northeast. Prices start at $2,000.

Southeast

Venue: Blackacre State Nature Preserve, Louisville, KY. Blackacre serves up country charm at an affordable price tag of $3,245 to $5,825 for 100 guests.

Vendor: Pretty Petals, Charleston, SC. With 5 star ratings and packages starting at $170, it’s no wonder why.

Dress: The Collection Bridal, Winter Park, FL. With awards from The Knot and Wedding Wire and great reviews, this is one of the top bridal shops in the south.

Midwest

Venue: Turnberry Country Club, Village of Lakewood, IL. Chicago is the second most expensive wedding city, but venture out an extra 50 miles and you’ll see a nice price cut. Prices range between $3,216 and $15,346 for a ceremony and reception with 100 guests.

Vendor: Premium Weddings by Galleria, Pella, IA. As seen in The Knot, Premium offers high quality wedding portraiture with packages ranging from $1,000 to $1,999.

Dress: Fleur De Lis, Clayton, MO. Brides Magazine voted this store one of the best bridal salons in America. Bridal collections start at $2,000.

West

Venue: Bel Air Bay Club, Pacific Palisades, CA. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean (and a $20,000 deposit), it’s the romantic, beach wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

Vendor: Jazz Unlimited Band, Seattle, WA. Voted Seattle’s “Best Wedding & Party Band” for 10 years. Ceremony pricing starts at $200.

Dress: Little White Dress Bridal Shop, Denver, CO.  This dress shop offers high end gowns ranging from $798 – $22,000.

Southwest

Venue: The Tuscany Villa, Katy, TX. Reminiscent of the Italian countryside, you won’t even realize you’re right outside of Houston. Packages start at $17,000 for 100 guests.

Vendor: Blue Rose Studio, Albuquerque, NM. Featured on The Knot, this photographer offers documentary style photos with bridal packages ranging between $2,000 and $2,999.

Dress: Mariee Bridal, Scottsdale, AZ. Mariee Bridal is has been frequently listed on The Knot’s “best of weddings” list and has 5 star reviews. Their high end dresses range from $1,500-$6,000.

Now that you’ve seen national averages, it’s time to make a budget for your special day. One way to fund a wedding is using home equity. If you or the one paying for the wedding have sufficient equity in your home, consider taking out a home equity loan to pay for the big day. With loans starting at $35,000, Discover Home Equity Loans has no application fees or origination fees.

Talk to a Personal Banker today at 1-855-361-3435 or request a quote online, and we’ll call you back!

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