Wedding Wednesday: Most expensive places to get married

Southern Florida makes the top 25 list of the most expensive places to get married. It’s no surprise that at the top of the list is New York.

The Knot released its 2014 wedding survey statistics this week, revealing the most expensive locations for weddings, a breakdown of wedding expenses, wedding trends and more. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll take a closer look at some of these trends.

What would you have guessed is the No. 1 most expensive place to get married? If you guessed Manhattan, you’d be right. The average cost of weddings in the Manhattan area for 2014 was $76,328. Five of the six most expensive areas to get married are in the New York/Tri-State area. New York has 4 out of the top 10 most expensive locations and New Jersey has 2 in the top 10.

Arkansas and Utah had the lowest average wedding spend ($18,031 and $15,257, respectively), excluding honeymoon.

Southern Florida ranks 15th with an average cost of $38,155.

XO Group The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Study

Here are the top 25 locations:

  1. New YorkManhattan $76,328
  2. New YorkLong Island $55,327
  3. New Jersey – North/Central $53,986
  4. New YorkWestchester/Hudson Valley $52,954
  5. IllinoisChicago $50,934
  6. New York – Outer Boroughs $49,781
  7. PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia $44,090
  8. Rhode Island $41,914
  9. CaliforniaSan Francisco/Greater Bay Area $39,690
  10. New Jersey – South $39,191
  11. CaliforniaSanta Barbara/Ventura $39,187
  12. Washington DC/Northern Virginia/Suburban Maryland $39,025
  13. Connecticut $38,925
  14. MassachusettsBoston $38,665
  15. Florida – Southern $38,155
  16. CaliforniaLos Angeles $37,317
  17. Louisiana $35,532
  18. Hawaii $34,958
  19. MarylandBaltimore $34,409
  20. TexasHouston $33,809
  21. Illinois – Chicago Suburbs $33,391
  22. CaliforniaOrange County/Inland Empire $33,118
  23. CaliforniaSan Diego $32,941
  24. PennsylvaniaPittsburgh $32,359
  25. TexasAustin/San Antonio $31,886

Brides in Manhattan and Long Island spend the most on their dresses ($2,914 and $2,137, respectively), while Idaho and Alaska brides spend the least ($982 and $925, respectively).

The 2014 Real Weddings Survey captured responses from nearly 16,000 U.S. brides married in 2014. What do you think of these statistics? Any surprises?

If you are planning a wedding in Southwest Florida, view Cre8 Salon and Spa’s wedding packages to help keep your wedding within your budget.



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