5 of the most expensive wedding locations

By on June 6, 2015
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5 of the most expensive wedding locations

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Planning a wedding can be tough, especially and expensive wedding. Not only do you have to worry about shopping for a ring and saying “I do.” You also have to plan a reception and a pick a venue and invite guests, you know all the expensive stuff!

 

We compiled a list of 5 of the most expensive places to get married so you can keep money in your pocket. This study was done by The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Study which surveyed the participants of thousands of weddings around the country to find the estimated value of wedding expenses.

 

Manhattan

 

It comes as no surprise that this famous New York City borough is on the top of our list. According to the data:

 

  • Average wedding cost: $76,328
  • Cost of reception venue: $30,401
  • Reception venue as pct. of total cost: 39.8%
  • Median household income: $65,786

Long Island, North Jersey and Westchester round out the top four, with the Outer Boroughs of NYC coming in a close sixth place. With the average price of a wedding band costing around $8000 in NYC, you better make sure this is your partner for life!

 

Chicago

 

While Chicago is not technically second on the list, we included all of New York/New Jersey into one ranking to make it fair. Known as the Windy City, the Chi is one expensive place to tie the knot.

 

  • Average wedding cost: $50,934
  • Cost of reception venue: $21,803
  • Reception venue as pct. of total cost: 42.8%
  • Median household income: $60,564

 

Philadelphia

 

Known as the city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, this city of LOVE is the third most expensive place to get married. A good photographer will cost you over $3,000 and the average price for a morning after brunch cost close to $800. Yay, we’ll be needing a lot of mimosas for this one.

 

  • Average wedding cost: $44,090
  • Cost of reception venue: $20,351
  • Reception venue as pct. of total cost: 46.2%
  • Median household income: $60,482

 

Rhode Island

 

Initially when we saw Rhode Island listed as the fourth most expensive place to hold a wedding in, we were perplexed, but upon second thought it made sense.

 

Grooms and Brides to be can hold their weddings in the same mansions that John D. Rockefeller, Jr. was married in, and the Eisenhower House, which was the summer White House of the 34th president.

 

  • Average wedding cost: $41,914
  • Cost of reception venue: $22,371
  • Reception venue as pct. of total cost: 53.4%
  • Median household income: $55,902

 

San Francisco/Greater Bay Area

 

With the tech industry booming and the price of rent skyrocketing, it only makes sense that a wedding held here would also be expensive.

 

  • Average wedding cost: $39,690
  • Cost of reception venue: $18,381
  • Reception venue as pct. of total cost: 46.3%
  • Median household income: $79,624