The least (& most) expensive places to get married in America


Weddings can get really expensive. There's the dress, the flowers, the photographer, the decorations, the food ... you get the idea. And the amount couples spend to celebrate their nuptials just keeps increasing. At least that's what the 10th annual report from wedding marketplace The Knot discovered in their survey of nearly 13,000 brides and grooms, ages 18 and over, who were married in 2016.

The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study found that the average cost of a wedding reached an all time high of $35,329 last year, up from $32,641 in 2015. (Yes, you read those numbers right.) The venue is certainly one of the biggest expenses, with an average cost of $16,107. But it looks like couples are spending more on making the experience more elaborate instead of extending the guest list — the average number of wedding guests went down, but the spend per guest increased to $245 (from $194 in 2009). Part of that includes entertainment — like photo booths, games, and even fireworks — an expense that has reportedly more than tripled from 2009 to last year.

Getting ready to make the walk down the aisle? Your bill could be more or less than these averages, depending not only on your personal preferences, but where in the country you have your special day. The Knot broke down what the average cost is in different places throughout the U.S. and dubbed the most and least expensive places to get hitched.

And, no matter where you get married, remember: Your wedding day certainly isn't worth going into extreme debt over. Aside from causing you stress, carrying this debt could hurt your credit scores and you want those in tip-top shape when it comes time to apply for a mortgage or other loan down the road. (Don't know your credit scores? You can get two of them for free on Credit.com — and that's better than some of the strange wedding gifts you may receive.)

Read on to find out where the most expensive place is to have a wedding.

25th Least Expensive Place: Alabama

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $27,957

24th Least Expensive Place: Tennessee

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $27,857

23rd Least Expensive Place: Kentucky

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $27,569

22nd Least Expensive Place: Ohio – Columbus

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $27,441

21st Least Expensive Place: Minnesota

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $27,113

20th Least Expensive Place: Wisconsin

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $27,092

19th Least Expensive Place: Michigan – Grand Rapids

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $26,933

18th Least Expensive Place: Washington

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $26,640

17th Least Expensive Place: Michigan – Lansing

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $26,343

16th Least Expensive Place: Illinois – Central

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $26,251

15th Least Expensive Place: Missouri – Kansas City

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $26,133

14th Least Expensive Place: Indiana

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $25,859

13th Least Expensive Place: California – Sacramento/Lake Tahoe/Reno

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $25,851

12th Least Expensive Place: Nebraska

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $25,081

11th Least Expensive Place: Ohio – Toledo

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $24,120

10th Least Expensive Place: Oklahoma

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $23,302

9th Least Expensive Place: Nevada

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $23,239

8th Least Expensive Place: Iowa

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $23,098

7th Least Expensive Place: Arizona – Tucson

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $22,175

6th Least Expensive Place: Idaho

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $22,018

5th Least Expensive Place: Oregon

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $21,854

4th Least Expensive Place: Texas – West Texas

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $21,688

3rd Least Expensive Place: Montana

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $20,794

2nd Least Expensive Place: Utah

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $20,337

Least Expensive Place: Arkansas

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2016: $19,522

These are the places brides and grooms can expect to pay the least for their big day. You can find a full list of the most expensive places to have a wedding on Credit.com.

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