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How much does a wedding cost?

January 11, 2020
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that weddings in this day and age tend to be pretty expensive. (Thanks, wedding industrial complex.) But when it comes to the average cost of a wedding in 2019, exactly what the price tag might be varies from state to state. Curious about how much a wedding costs in your own state? Good news: Market research firm the Wedding Report exists specifically to track and forecast, among other wedding-related things, spending within the wedding industry — and happily, one of the many ways you can examine their data and analysis is by state.

The fewest number of states average out in this bracket — just nine — keep their wedding under $20k on average. A lot of that is likely due to cost of living in those states being a bit more affordable than it might be in other geographic areas; with the exception of two outliers — Idaho and New Mexico — all nine states are located in the South.

Meanwhile, the majority of states — 18 — fall in the $20k-to-$25k price point. They’re spread out across the country pretty well, although they tend to be clustered in the South, Midwest, and Southwest.

12 states keep things in the $25k-to-$30k range. These states are largely in the West, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest; most of them are landlocked, rather than coastal.

Weddings in coastal states — typically those in New England in the Northeast and in California in the West, or 12 states in total — tend to have the highest average price tags. It makes sense that the state with the single highest average wedding cost would be Hawaii; as Nerdwallet noted in 2018, the fact that Hawaii is an island means that there are limited resources available directly within the state itself. A lot of things have to be flown in from the mainland, which can up the costs considerably.

  • Mississippi: $15,260
  • Alabama: $17,216
  • Arkansas: $17,43
  • Kentucky: $17,607
  • West Virginia: $18,228
  • Tennessee: $18,346
  • New Mexico: $18,470
  • Louisiana: $19,681
  • Idaho: $19,925
  • South Carolina: $20,047
  • Missouri: $20,058
  • North Carolina: $20,416
  • Montana: $20,706
  • Florida: $20,933
  • Michigan: $20,942
  • Indiana: $21,004
  • Oklahoma: $21,032
  • Ohio: $21,478
  • Arizona: $21,605
  • Georgia: $21,666
  • Nevada: $21,879
  • Kansas: $22,407
  • South Dakota: $22,896
  • Iowa: $23,426
  • Nebraska: $23,488
  • Wisconsin: $23,680
  • Texas: $24,520
  • Illinois: $25,918
  • Wyoming: $26,017
  • Oregon: $26,175
  • Maine: $26,211
  • North Dakota: $26,774
  • Utah: $27,095
  • Minnesota: $27,332
  • Colorado: $27,646
  • Delaware: $28,067
  • Pennsylvania: $28,827
  • Virginia: $29,196
  • Washington State: $29,511
  • Vermont: $30,257
  • Rhode Island: $30,861
  • California: $31,437
  • New Hampshire: $33,612
  • Maryland: $33,755
  • Alaska: $34,298
  • New York: $34,315
  • Connecticut: $35,702
  • Massachusetts: $35,966
  • Washington, DC: $36,082
  • New Jersey: $36,943
  • Hawaii: $37,827

Sources: https://www.bustle.com/p/how-much-does-a-wedding-cost-in-2019-heres-the-average-price-in-every-state-16265972