What Is the Average Cost of a Wedding?

What Is the Average Cost of a Wedding?

It is always difficult to come up with an “average cost” for a county the size of America. There is such a gap between the lower class and upper class in this country that the “average cost” of a wedding is hard to come by — not to mention the huge number of weddings taking place every year.

There are also big differences geographically. A fancy wedding in Martha’s Vineyard may cost one amount while an equally fancy wedding in “fly-over country” will cost you a lot less.

With that in mind, I’m going to offer four different geographical locations and show average wedding prices in big cities in that location. Remember that these are average costs, which means as many weddings cost less than this as weddings that cost more. You can spend as much money as you want on a wedding (I’ve been to million-dollar weddings) or have a very nice ceremony for almost no money at all. Another disclaimer — these average prices do not include things like engagement ring or honeymoon.

Weddings in the South

Dallas, Texas — $18,000 – $29,000
Houston, Texas — $15,000 – $26,000
New Orleans, Louisiana — $17,000 – $29,000
Nashville, Tennessee — $19,000 – $31,000
Atlanta, Georgia — $21,000 – $47,000
Miami, Florida — $13,000 – $23,000
Charleston, South Carolina — $18,000 – $32,000
Mobile, Alabama — $14,000 – $25,000

Weddings in the North

New York City — $39,000 – $64,000
Baltimore, Maryland — $18,000 – $30,000
Washington, DC — $38,000 – $54,000
Boston, Massachusetts — $21,000 – $35,000
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — $15,000 – $26,000
Bangor, Maine — $14,000 – $25,000
Providence, Rhode Island — $12,000 – $22,000
Atlantic City, New Jersey — $16,000 – $29,000

Weddings in the West

Los Angeles, California — $57,000 – $105,000
San Francisco, California — $48,000 – $100,000
Seattle, Washington — $19,000 – $40,000
Tacoma, Washington — $14,000 – $27,000
Portland, Oregon — $11,000 – $38,000
Sacramento, California — $22,000 – $48,000
San Diego, California — $38,000 – $51,000
Las Vegas, Nevada — $30,000 – $52,000

Weddings in the Heartland

Omaha, Nebraska — $16,000 – $28,000
Denver, Colorado — $21,000 – $41,000
Kansas City, Kansas — $14,000 – $29,000
St. Louis, Missouri — $12,000 – $31,000
Chicago, Illinois — $24,000 – $51,000
Iowa City, Iowa — $12,000 – $28,000
Billings, Montana — $12,000 – $24,000
Minneapolis, Minnesota — $21,000 – $51,000

“What Is the Average Cost of a Wedding?” is part of a series of articles. The other articles in this series include:

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