Wedding planning starts as soon as the ring hits the finger. And yes wedding planning within a budget can be a challenge. One of the questions I get most these days seems to be why are weddings so pricey? Are we dreaming or have weddings become more and more expensive? In 2013 the average cost of a wedding in the US was just over $27,000. And on average a bridal couple spent between $18,000 and $32,000.
And while reports say the majority of couples end up spending more in the area of $10,000 for their wedding. Every time I hear the average cost of a wedding I’m flabbergasted. I know funny coming from someone that has planned weddings for a living. And I understand about a wedding day being the most special day for a couple. But if a typical wedding costs in the neighborhood of $27,000 that is more than half of an average American yearly income.
Always Plan for a Wedding
As any bride and groom will tell you planning a wedding can cost big buckaroos. And for those first timers strolling down the aisle the expenses can be shocking. What with everything that is involved. The venue, dress, catering, photographer, flowers, reception and really so much more.
We all think we’ll be reasonable when it comes to planning our wedding. We’d never spend that much, right! And while a wedding will be one of the biggest spends in our lives; lots of us don’t give it that much thought. Until the ring is one of our fingers of course. If you want to have a wedding that does not break the bank or put you directly into debt. My advice is to plan, plan, plan. And keeping it small, simple and working with a budget are big helps as well.
Top 25 Most Expensive Places to have a Wedding
Those average wedding figures can increase or decrease depending on the location of the wedding. I found this interesting. The Knot.com recently released some of the latest and greatest wedding stats for 2013. Looking to determine the average cost of a wedding on a national scale as well as other significant info. They surveyed just under 20,000 recently married brides. And part of the results included where local bride and grooms spend the most on their wedding in the US.
1. New York City (Manhattan) – $86,916
2. Long Island – $57,343
3. North/Central New Jersey – $51,287
4. Chicago – $48,449
5. NYC Outer Boroughs – $47,121
6. Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA – $44,214
7. Rhode Island – $42,469
8. Westchester/Hudson Valley, NY – $42,444
9. Connecticut – $41,745
10. Philadelphia – $40,350
11. Los Angeles – $38,735
12. South New Jersey – $38,620
13. Washington, DC/Northern Virginia/suburban Maryland – $37,487
14. Southern Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas) – $37,210
15. Boston – $35,512
16. Houston – $35,475
17. Louisiana – $35,008
18. Lehigh Valley/Poconos, PA – $34,488
19. San Francisco – $33,836
20. Orange County/Inland Empire, CA – $32,021
21. Baltimore – $31,964
22. Chicago Suburbs, IL – $31,489
23. Detroit – $31,044
24. San Diego – $30,885
25. Maine – $29,854
*Information courtesy of TheKnot.com.
What do you think? Are pricey weddings a waste? Are you planning a wedding in any of these cities? And have you been able to stick to your budget and not overspend? Hit the comments section and have your say.