This State Spends the Most on Wedding Dresses (Plus Other Facts From Across the US)

According to The Knot 2015 Real Weddings survey, these states have the youngest brides, longest engagements and much more.
by Ivy Jacobson
Bride and groom on their wedding day
Michelle Able Photography

The Knot 2015 Real Weddings survey reveals interesting and jaw-dropping facts about our couples—like the average cost of a wedding, for example. What's really interesting, though, are the regional findings across the country, such as which states spend the most on wedding dresses, have the oldest grooms and are least likely to register.

Take a look at the regional highlights here:

  • Cost of Weddings: Manhattan and Chicago have the highest average wedding spend ($82,299 and $61,265, respectively), and Alaska and South Dakota have the lowest average wedding spend ($17,361 and $18,890, respectively), excluding the honeymoon.
  • Marriage Age: New York City accounts for the country's oldest brides, with Manhattan brides being 32.8 years old on average, and brides from New York City's outer boroughs being an average of 32.2 years old. Whereas South Dakota and Idaho have the youngest brides (26 and 26.1 years, respectively), on average. The countries oldest grooms can be found in Manhattan (35.4 years old) and Nevada (33.8 years old), and the youngest grooms are in Idaho and South Dakota (27.9 and 28.3 years, respectively).
  • Engagement Length: Couples from Toledo, Ohio, and Wyoming have the longest engagements (18.7 and 17.5 months, respectively), while couples in Utah and West Texas walk down the aisle a bit sooner after getting engaged (9.7 and 10.7 months, respectively), on average.
  • Wedding Size: As in 2013 and 2014, Nebraska and Iowa couples have the largest number of wedding guests (219 and 211, respectively), and couples who tie the knot in Hawaii and Nevada still have the smallest number of wedding guests (71 and 74, respectively).
  • Wedding Style: Montana and Alaska weddings are more likely to be casual than any other region in the US (54 percent and 41 percent, respectively), while Manhattan and Long Island have the most black tie weddings (38 percent for both).
  • Wedding Dress Spend: As in 2014, brides in Manhattan and Long Island spend the most on their wedding gowns ($2,710 and $2,239, respectively), while Montana and North Dakota brides spend the least ($967 and $990, respectively).
  • Honeymoon: Couples from Rhode Island (87 percent), South New Jersey (86 percent), Utah (86 percent) and Kentucky (85 percent) are most likely to book a honeymoon, while couples in Montana (56 percent), Nevada (57 percent) and New Mexico (58 percent) are least likely to plan one.
  • Gift Registry: Couples in Lansing, Michigan, and Vermont are most likely to register for wedding gifts (97 percent and 96 percent, respectively), while couples in Hawaii and Nevada are least likely to register (56 percent and 68 percent, respectively).
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