This Is How Much The Average Wedding Costs In Each State

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When couples decide to get married, their hearts say, 'I do,' but their wallets say, 'Do I really have to?' That's because a modern wedding doesn't just cost a pretty penny; it costs a pretty salary

According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study of 13,000 couples, the national average cost of a wedding is $33,391, excluding the honeymoon. Compared to the $39,416 national average salary of 25-34-year-olds (the average age of first marriage in 2017 was 27.4 years for women and 29.5 years for men), it's quite the investment. 

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Of course, that number may be higher or lower depending on where you're getting hitched. The most expensive weddings occur in Manhattan, costing almost double the national average at $76,944. If you want the most bang for your buck, head to Montana, home of the least expensive weddings at $20,814. 

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While these numbers might cause some serious price sticker shock, this is actually the first time the average cost has decreased compared to the previous year, due in part to fewer formal and black-tie weddings. Instead, couples are putting roughly half of their wedding budget (an average $15,163) toward their venue. The Knot believes this indicates the overall trend of couples choosing nontraditional wedding locations that reflect their unique love story. 

Modern brides and grooms are all about creating an atmosphere of authenticity at their wedding. Though the average number of guests have decreased, the average cost per guest has peaked at $268, an all-time high. This can be traced, in part, to an increased emphasis on custom guest entertainment. This has more than tripled in 2017, with up to 40 percent of newlyweds splurging on fun reception amenities, like photo booths, games, bouncy castles, and of course, musical performances.

If you're looking to cut wedding costs, however, take a tip from couples who've gone through the pricey process — and have some regrets. In a 2018 survey of 2,000 people who tied the knot in or after 2010, respondents wished they'd spent more money on the honeymoon, their wedding rings, and a talented photographer and less on the wedding dress and the invitation. So when it comes to wedding planning, it may be best to focus on the more experiential elements that will not only make the day unforgettable but, more importantly, last long after the celebration. 

Cover image via Andreas Rønningen on Unsplash

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