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Average Cost of a Wedding in New York Versus the United States

The average cost of a wedding in the United States is $30,000. How does New York stack up?

You may be surprised about how much wedding costs vary in different places in the country. Knowing the numbers may help you stay within your budget.

A local mother-of-the-bride asks...
“This question comes from a conversation that I had with my daughter and her future husband. They wanted to know if the price of a wedding really varies from state to state. I don’t have the answer, so I put the question to you!”

The Wedding Guru says...
The cost of the average wedding throughout all of the United Sates is about $30,000. Yes, the variance does depend on where in the country the wedding is being planned.

The most expensive weddings are held in Manhattan — surprise, surprise! — where the average cost is almost $90,000. Next is Long Island, where the average wedding costs about $60,000.

On the flip side, the most inexpensive wedding costs are in Idaho where the average bill will run you about $16,000. (Extra potatoes with your filet mignon, anyone?) After that, it’s West Texas, with an average cost of $17,000.

Granted, there’s not much you can do about where you live and the associated costs for a wedding. What you can do is to stick to your budget, eliminate the frills, and remember that it’s the sharing of a celebration that’s important, not how much money is spent on planning it!

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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