The Average Cost of Weddings by State
If you're about to begin the wedding planning process, you've likely been told that where you decide to host your ceremony—location, location, location!—is one of the first choices you need to make. It's sound advice. Before you scout the perfect venue, however, you have to nail down the general location. Will you get hitched in your home state? Travel to another part of the country? Hop the pond? If you're leaning towards the first or second, we've put together a helpful guide to help you on your search. This list breaks down the average cost of weddings by state—and this information just might come in handy if you want to know roughly what you'll be spending on vendors, either at home or in another area.
Ultimately, it comes down to what you already know—some states' overarching costs of living (and, therefore, spending) are lower than others. But it's still helpful to know what couples are actually dishing out for their big days on a state level. Ahead, you'll find state-by-state averages from The Wedding Report, which were generated based off of 2017 data. These state means range from $15,000 to $39,000 and paint a picture of what getting hitched looks like (from a monetary perspective, at least!) throughout the United States. As for the total national average? It's higher than you might have anticipated: From start to finish, the typical American couple spends around $26,000 on their wedding day.
To give you an even clearer picture, we've outlined category breakdowns as well, so you can see how specific verticals—think venue, food, bar, and planning services—tie into the bigger numbers. Ready to see where your home state or wedding location falls on the list? Ahead, a total list of the average cost of weddings by state.
Tying the knot in sweet home Alabama? Total wedding costs averaged $17,766 in 2017—couples shelled out the most on food ($3,827), wedding planners ($2,313), and venue ($2,961).
Duos planning their nuptials under the Aurora Borealis will have to pull out their wallets for those sights. Due to high import costs, Alaska is one of priciest places in the U.S. to host a wedding, tallying in at an average of $35,401. Your menu will expectedly cost the most ($5,450), but venue location is nearly just as pricey ($4,225).
There are so many incredible parts of arid Arizona—the Grand Canyon and Sonoran Desert, for starters—which explains why it's a popular wedding destination (over 40,000 couples exchanged vows there in 2017!) for fiancés throwing boho-chic events. These duos spent an average of $22,338 overall, most of which went towards food ($4,235) and venue ($3,277).
Whether you're marrying in Hot Springs or Little Rock, an Arkansas wedding will set couples back around $17,935 (one of the lower averages on this list!).
It probably doesn't come as a shock that the Golden State is home to some of the most lavish (and pricey!) weddings in the country. It was home to nearly 250,000 weddings in 2017, which grossed over $8 billion in sales. On average, newlyweds spent $32,770.
Aspen, Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park—when choosing a Colorado wedding location, you really can't go wrong. You'll want to prepare your budgets though, since average wedding costs clocked in at $28,590.
Planning a wedding in picturesque Connecticut? Data suggests you'll allocate the largest portion of your budget (which averages in at $36,971 per couple) towards food ($6,009). That's some of the priciest fare on this list.
With both bay and Atlantic Ocean views, Delaware offers up several wedding stand-outs—coastal cuisine (which explains this category's $4,749 price tag), an unparalleled waterfront, and more. The total? Newlyweds spend a mean of $28,970 on their festivities.
Getting married in the nation's capitol means your love story is connected to the fabric of the country. The city also comes with hefty vendor costs, which tally up to $36,459 on average.
Whether you're lucky enough to live (and, therefore, get hitched) in the Sunshine State, or are traveling there for a domestic destination wedding, you'll likely have to budget in the low $20,000s—on average, couples spent $21,842 on their wedding in 2017 and dished out the most on food ($4,422).
Newlyweds in Georgia put most of their energy and funds towards three categories: food, venue, and bar. When combined with other nuptial-related expenses, those elements led to an average wedding cost of $22,589.
The fact that Hawaii is one of the most expensive places to tie the knot shouldn't surprise you—getting married in paradise doesn't come cheap! Venue, food, and planning services were the top three line items in the average total of $39,078.
Exchanging vows anywhere in this lush, rural state will likely set you back around $20,000, according to The Wedding Report's data. Couples in 2017 spent an average of $20,724 on their nuptials.
Despite the fact that Illinois is home to one of the country's biggest cities, the state's wedding cost average is lower than we expected, at just $26,700.
Duos preparing for a rustic, country wedding in Indiana have so much to look forward to, like the sprawling landscapes and authentic red barn venues. You'll likely spend the most on food (the average cost was $4,270 last year) and roughly $22,090 total.
Iowa boasts some of the most bucolic and picturesque celebrations in the mid-West—and, according to our data, are food-focused. Couples typically spend more on food services ($4,212) than wedding planners ($2,892) and total in around $23,669.
Whether you're saying "I do" in a rustic barn setting or at a winery (Kansas is known for their vintners!), prepare to spend around $23,090 on your ceremony and reception.
Get all the scenery the vibrant South has to offer for less in Kentucky. The state's wedding cost average ($18,223) is one of the lowest in the country.
New Orleans and Baton Rouge are just a few of the incredible places to get hitched in Louisiana. Though these highly-trafficked, city-style areas will undoubtedly lead to higher wedding costs, the state's total number ($19,977) is relatively low. Unsurprisingly? Couples spend the most ($4,259) on (sea)food.
Speaking of seafood—the same logic applies to Maine (couples spent an average of $5,425 on menu costs, and we assume at least some of that went towards lobster). The overarching total, however, was much higher, coming in at $26,780.
You'll notice that wedding costs creep upwards as you make your way up the Northeastern states. The Wedding Report saw a definitive spike starting in Maryland. Nearly 40,000 weddings took place in the state in 2017, grossing a whopping $1.2 trillion in sales. The average cost? $34,503, with an emphasis on food ($5,344).
That trend continued into Massachusetts (it's no wonder when you consider its landmarks, like Boston, the Berkshires, and Martha's Vineyard), with a state-average in the high $30,000s. Of the average $36,709 spent, nearly $6,000 went to food and drink.
Just under 60,000 couples got hitched in Michigan last year. If you're looking to join the club (Lake Michigan might be calling your name!), you should know that the average wedding costs $21,850—but that might fluctuate if you do opt for a waterfront fête.
Bordering Canada and Lake Superior, this Midwest state (it boasts over 10,000 lakes!) provides some epic scenery for outdoor weddings, which total in at an average of $28,132. Are city-style celebrations more your thing? Consider the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul), which are home to incredible museums (though these types of events will likely cost more).
Looking to keep your wedding under $20,000? Mississippi tallies in way under the benchmark at $15,581.
St. Louis' Gateway Arch, Branson's incredible art and theater scene, and Kansas City's cuisine are all reasons to celebrate your big day in Missouri. As for the couples that did last year? They spent $20,951 on average. The majority of funds went to food ($4,095), venue ($2,844), and planner ($2,823) services.
Entranced by Montana's snow-capped peaks, lakes, and mountain views? So were the 8,276 couples who tied the knot in the Western state last year. You'll need to budget in the low, $20,000s if you do ultimately plan to host your nuptials in the Treasure State—the wedding cost average for 2017 was $21,179.
It's only fitting that Nebraska, which is located right in the middle of the continental U.S., landed in the middle of total wedding costs ($23,798).
Nevada isn't just for bachelorette parties—the western state, with endless deserts, canyons, and Vegas is perfect for outdoor, bohemian celebrations. The average couple spent $23,008 on their weddings last year, which means you'll likely want to budget for at least that much.
Though New Hampshire is home to quaint towns, expansive forests, and, consequently, some of the best fall foliage in the country, it doesn't see a ton of weddings (just over 9,000 couples tied the knot there last year). That means that your New Hampshire wedding will be unique, but it may cost a little more than a celebration in another state. On average, couples spent $35,300 on their nuptials.
The Garden State has one of the highest average wedding costs in the country, coming in at $38,049 in 2017. Also noteworthy? Couples spend more on engagement rings ($4,167) in New Jersey than in most other states.
Both desert venues and Spanish colonial estates abound in New Mexico, which offers today's brides and grooms some of the most diverse wedding locations. It makes sense, then, that venue rentals were the second-highest line item ($3,142) of the total average cost of $18,954.