Till Debt Do Us Part? 10 Cities Where Weddings Cost the Most

Till Debt Do Us Part? 10 Cities Where Weddings Cost the Most

Welcome to wedding season.

OK, so maybe we don't have to remind you.

Chances are, your next few months are booked with showers and ceremonies and your social media sites are already saturated with shots of outdoor receptions.


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And if your wallet is feeling a little lighter as a result, be glad you're at least not footing the Big Day bill.

According to new research, newlyweds are saddling up for some of the most expensive weddings ever. In fact, stats from The Knot's Real Weddings Survey found that the average cost of a wedding now rings up at more than $31K—and that's not even including the honeymoon.

Of course, that stat skyrockets depending on where these weddings take place.

With the venue making up the biggest expense in a typical wedding budget, those who say "I Do" in major metros can expect to shell out much more.

In fact, four of the five most expensive areas to get married are in the New York/Tri-State area. In Manhattan alone, the average cost of a wedding reached a whopping $76K—just under 50% higher than Chicago, the next most-expensive city outside of the New York area.

Other Eastern cities, including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Boston also top the list of priciest places to tie the knot. But West Coasters aren't immune to high costs either: San Francisco and Santa Barbara make a showing with average weddings at around $39K.

Curious where else you might drop some serious cash for your celebration? Check out the full list of cities at TheKnot.com.

RELATED: How I Did It: 'My Wedding Cost Less Than $1,000'


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