The Cost of a Wedding in Every State

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wedding in Colorado
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How much are couples spending on their big day? Nationwide, the average in 2017 was just under $25,800, according to data collected by The Wedding Report. But depending on where you live, you could easily subtract — or add — thousands. Shane McMurray, founder of The Wedding Report, says cost of living in different regions is a major factor in what couples ultimately spend, but their income, savings, and lifestyle also play a big role no matter where they call home.

What follows is a state-by-state rundown of average spending — arranged from least expensive to most — and how much it's changed in five years. We've also included average costs from each state's biggest metro area, since urban couples often (but not always) end up footing a bigger bill.

wedding in Sandy Hook, Mississippi
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Cost in 2013: $14,800 (5.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Jackson: $20,665

wedding in Birmingham, Alabama
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Cost in 2013: $16,900 (5.3 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Birmingham: $22,203

wedding in Arkansas
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Cost in 2013: $15,900 (12.6 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Little Rock: $23,500

wedding at Talon Winery in Lexington, Kentucky
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Cost in 2013: $15,900 (14.5 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Louisville: $25,086

wedding area at Ranson Hollows in West Virginia
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Cost in 2013: $15,600 (18.6 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Charleston: $17,922

mixed wedding in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Cost in 2013: $17,300 (9.8 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Albuquerque: $21,830

barn wedding in Hillsboro, Tennessee
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Cost in 2013: $18,600 (2.7 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Nashville: $23,419

wedding in New Orleans, Louisiana
Photo credit: Nola Wedding by Matt Deavenport (CC BY-ND)

Cost in 2013: $17,900 (11.7 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in New Orleans: $26,849

wedding couple in Idaho
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Cost in 2013: $19,300 (7.3 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Boise: $19,533

wedding in Columbia, South Carolina
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Cost in 2013: $19,100 (9.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Charleston: $27,472

wedding in North Carolina
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Cost in 2013: $19,500 (7.7 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Charlotte: $25,657

wedding in Rogersville, Missouri
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Cost in 2013: $19,200 (9.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in St. Louis: $25,842

wedding venue in Montana
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Cost in 2013: $18,600 (14 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Billings: $21,728

wedding in Oklahoma
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Cost in 2013: $18,800 (14.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Oklahoma City: $25,710

wedding in Florida
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Cost in 2013: $21,000 (3.8 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Miami: $28,489

wedding in Michigan
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Cost in 2013: $22,300 (1.8 percent decrease in five years)
Average cost in Detroit: $26,385

wedding in Ohio
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Cost in 2013: $21,400 (2.8 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Cincinnati: $24,782

wedding in Indiana
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Cost in 2013: $21,500 (2.8 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Indianapolis: $27,757

wedding in Arizona
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Cost in 2013: $22,500 (0.9 percent decrease in five years)
Average cost in Phoenix: $27,733

wedding in Savannah, Georgia
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Cost in 2013: $21,800 (3.7 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Atlanta: $26,678

wedding in South Dakota
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Cost in 2013: $19,500 (17.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Sioux Falls: $25,725

wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Cost in 2013: $24,000 (4.2 percent decrease in five years)
Average cost in Las Vegas: $29,230

wedding in Kansas
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Cost in 2013: $20,200 (14.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Wichita: $22,229

wedding in Mcgregor, Iowa
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Cost in 2013: $20,500 (15.6 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Des Moines: $27,901

wedding in Nebraska
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Cost in 2013: $20,800 (14.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Omaha: $27,422

wedding in Wisconsin
Photo credit: Beth + Oliver by Bethdotme (CC BY-NC-ND)

Cost in 2013: $24,300 (1.6 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Milwaukee: $29,896

wedding in Austin, Texas
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Cost in 2013: $21,900 (15.5 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Dallas: $30,173

wedding in Oregon
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Cost in 2013: $26,200 (1.5 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Portland: $30,256

wedding in Illinois
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Cost in 2013: $25,600 (4.3 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Chicago: $29,846

wedding in Maine
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Cost in 2013: $22,900 (17 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Portland: $31,831

wedding in Cody, Wyoming
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Cost in 2013: $23,500 (14.9 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Cheyenne: $26,816

wedding in North Dakota
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Cost in 2013: $22,100 (24.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Fargo: $23,323

wedding in Utah
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Cost in 2013: $25,800 (8.5 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Salt Lake City: $28,841

wedding in St. Paul, Minnesota
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Cost in 2013: $25,800 (8.9 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Minneapolis: $29,501

wedding in Colorado
Photo credit: LB Wedding 188 by Laura Hess and Brad Barrish (CC BY-ND)

Cost in 2013: $27,100 (5.5 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Denver: $30,990

wedding in New Castle, Delaware
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Cost in 2013: $27,100 (7 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Wilmington (included in Philadelphia metro area): $32,953

wedding in Pennsylvania
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Cost in 2013: $25,300 (18.2 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Philadelphia: $32,953

wedding in Virginia
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Cost in 2013: $27,100 (11.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Virginia Beach/Norfolk: $29,756

wedding in Washington
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Cost in 2013: $29,200 (4.8 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Seattle: $32,994

wedding in Vermont
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Cost in 2013: $26,600 (17.7 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Burlington: $33,532

wedding in Rhode Island
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Cost in 2013: $28,300 (13.4 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Providence: $36,267

wedding in California
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Cost in 2013: $31,900 (2.8 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Los Angeles: $36,106

wedding in Maryland
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Cost in 2013: $32,000 (7.8 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Baltimore: $36,341

wedding in New Hampshire
Photo credit: Wedding in Lincoln, New Hampshire by Trenten Kelley (CC BY-ND)

Cost in 2013: $31,900 (10.7 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Manchester/Nashua: $36,871

wedding in Alaska
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Cost in 2013: $34,400 (2.9 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Anchorage: $35,618

wedding in New York
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Cost in 2013: $30,600 (16 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in New York City: $39,948

wedding at Fairmont Hotel, District of Columbia
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Cost in 2013: $31,400 (16.2 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Washington/Arlington/Alexandria: $37,257

wedding in Massachusetts
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Cost in 2013: $33,000 (11.2 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Boston: $37,682

wedding in Connecticut
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Cost in 2013: $34,100 (8.5 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Hartford: $38,291

wedding in New Jersey
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Cost in 2013: $35,000 (8.6 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Newark (included in New York City metro area): $39,948

wedding in Hawaii
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Cost in 2013: $37,400 (4.5 percent increase in five years)
Average cost in Honolulu: $40,779

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