These Are the 25 Most Expensive Places to Get Married in America

The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study results are in, and these are officially the priciest US wedding destinations.
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Maggie Seaver
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Maggie Seaver
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Updated Feb 26, 2019

We surveyed over 14,000 US couples for The Knot 2018 Real Weddings Study and uncovered the new national average cost of a wedding: $33,931.

We know that's a large number to take in—but remember, this dollar amount is an average, which means weddings in different locations across the country have very different price tags. A wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for example, will rack up quite a different bill than a similarly outfitted wedding in West Virginia.

Long story short, your wedding could easily cost less than $33,931, but it could potentially cost even more—particularly if you're saying "I do" in one of these US hot spots where vendor competition is high (in a good way!) and items and services naturally cost more. Below are the 25 most expensive places to get married in America.

1. Manhattan, New York: $96,910

2. Long Island, New York: $66,409

3. Chicago, Illinois: $60,294

4. Rhode Island: $59,201

5. Cape Cod, Massachusetts: $58,425

6. North and Central New Jersey: $58,107

7. Westchester / Hudson Valley, New York: $57,678

8. New York City Outer Boroughs: $56,967

9. South New Jersey: $47,148

10. Philadelphia and Delaware: $46,640

11. Santa Barbara / Ventura, California: $45,991

12. Boston, Massachusetts: $44,557

13. Connecticut: $42,853

14. Los Angeles, California: $42,638

15. Southern Florida: $42,596

16. San Francisco Bay Area, California : $41,341

17. New Orleans, Louisiana: $40,753

18. Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland: $39,801

19. Palm Springs / Desert Communities, California: $39,504

20. Baltimore, Maryland: $39,167

21. Orange County / Inland Empire, California: $37,760

22. Hawaii: $37,338

23. Chicago Suburbs, Illinois: $36,25

24. South Carolina: $35,942

25. Houston / East Texas: $35,334

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