This is the Most Expensive State to Get Married In

It’s no surprise that a wedding in New York typically costs more than one in Kansas, but a new study from 24/7 Wall St. shows just how big the price difference is. The investment site used data from The Wedding Report Inc., which issues annual reports about industry spending and trends, to determine the average cost of a wedding in every state.

The figures ultimately ranged from $15,000 to $40,000, factoring in regional differences in the cost of goods and services, along with typical state income.

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Couples living in the Northeast typically spend the most, while the states with the least expensive weddings are in the South. However, only Americans in eight states spent less than $20,000 on the average wedding.

Overall, the average American wedding comes out to be more than $25,000. See where your state falls in the ranking from least to most expensive below!

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50. Mississippi

  • Cost of typical wedding: $15,581
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 16,532 (15th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,049 (the lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $2,841 (the lowest)
  • Median household income: $40,528 (the lowest)

49. Alabama

  • Cost of typical wedding: $17,766
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 34,964 (22nd most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,089 (2nd lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $2,951 (2nd lowest)
  • Median household income: $44,758 (4th lowest)

48. Arkansas

  • Cost of typical wedding: $17,935
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 30,933 (23rd fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,119 (11th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,087 (7th lowest)
  • Median household income: $42,336 (2nd lowest)

47. Kentucky

  • Cost of typical wedding: $18,223
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 32,135 (25th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,104 (5th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $2,994 (3rd lowest)
  • Median household income: $44,811 (5th lowest)

46. West Virginia

  • Cost of typical wedding: $18,468
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 13,780 (14th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,150 (17th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,096 (9th lowest)
  • Median household income: $42,644 (3rd lowest)

45. New Mexico

  • Cost of typical wedding: $18,954
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 11,258 (11th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,104 (6th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $2,994 (4th lowest)
  • Median household income: $45,674 (7th lowest)

44. Tennessee

  • Cost of typical wedding: $19,101
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 57,079 (12th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,104 (7th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $2,994 (5th lowest)
  • Median household income: $46,574 (8th lowest)

43. Louisiana

  • Cost of typical wedding: $19,977
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 32,329 (25th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,156 (20th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,189 (19th lowest)
  • Median household income: $45,652 (6th lowest)

42. Idaho

  • Cost of typical wedding: $20,724
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 13,058 (13th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,125 (13th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,053 (6th lowest)
  • Median household income: $49,174 (14th lowest)

41. South Carolina

  • Cost of typical wedding: $20,846
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 33,176 (23rd most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,177 (24th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,172 (16th lowest)
  • Median household income: $46,898 (9th lowest)

40. North Carolina

  • Cost of typical wedding: $20,950
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 67,541 (8th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,168 (23rd lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,147 (15th lowest)
  • Median household income: $48,256 (11th lowest)

39. Missouri

  • Cost of typical wedding: $20,951
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 41,602 (17th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,089 (3rd lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,113 (10th lowest)
  • Median household income: $49,593 (15th lowest)

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38. Montana

  • Cost of typical wedding: $21,179
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 8,276 (8th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,150 (18th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,121 (12th lowest)
  • Median household income: $48,380 (12th lowest)

37. Oklahoma

  • Cost of typical wedding: $21,475
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 28,470 (22nd fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,159 (21st lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,198 (21st lowest)
  • Median household income: $48,038 (10th lowest)

36. Florida

  • Cost of typical wedding: $21,842
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 168,166 (2nd most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,190 (23rd highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,206 (22nd lowest)
  • Median household income: $48,900 (13th lowest)

35. Michigan

  • Cost of typical wedding: $21,850
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 58,412 (11th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,095 (4th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,096 (8th lowest)
  • Median household income: $50,803 (18th lowest)

34. Ohio

  • Cost of typical wedding: $22,026
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 65,496 (9th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,104 (8th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,121 (11th lowest)
  • Median household income: $50,674 (17th lowest)

33. Indiana

  • Cost of typical wedding: $22,090
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 45,705 (15th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,107 (9th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,130 (14th lowest)
  • Median household income: $50,433 (16th lowest)
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32. Arizona

  • Cost of typical wedding: $22,338
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 40,334 (18th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,150 (19th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,121 (13th lowest)
  • Median household income: $51,340 (21st lowest)

31. Georgia

  • Cost of typical wedding: $22,589
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 59,942 (10th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,177 (25th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,172 (17th lowest)
  • Median household income: $51,037 (20th lowest)

30. South Dakota

  • Cost of typical wedding: $22,854
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 6,134 (6th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,125 (14th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,215 (23rd lowest)
  • Median household income: $52,078 (22nd lowest)

29. Nevada

  • Cost of typical wedding: $23,008
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 109,028 (5th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,183 (25th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,215 (25th lowest)
  • Median household income: $53,094 (23rd lowest)

28. Kansas

  • Cost of typical wedding: $23,090
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 17,507 (16th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,116 (10th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,189 (18th lowest)
  • Median household income: $53,571 (25th lowest)

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27. Iowa

  • Cost of typical wedding: $23,669
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 19,576 (18th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,119 (12th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,198 (20th lowest)
  • Median household income: $54,570 (24th highest)

26. Nebraska

  • Cost of typical wedding: $23,798
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 11,985 (12th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,125 (15th lowest
  • Average ring cost: $3,215 (24th lowest)
  • Median household income: $54,384 (25th highest)

25. Wisconsin

  • Cost of typical wedding: $24,681
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 32,865 (24th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,141 (16th lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,223 (25th highest)
  • Median household income: $54,610 (23rd highest)

24. Texas

  • Cost of typical wedding: $25,327
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 157,577 (3rd most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,205 (20th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,325 (21st highest)
  • Median household income: $54,727 (22nd highest)

23. Oregon

  • Cost of typical wedding: $26,605
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 28,226 (21st fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,336 (14th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,657 (15th highest)
  • Median household income: $53,270 (24th lowest)
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22. Illinois

  • Cost of typical wedding: $26,700
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 71,834 (7th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,165 (22nd lowest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,291 (23rd highest)
  • Median household income: $59,196 (16th highest)

21. Maine

  • Cost of typical wedding: $26,780
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 9,697 (10th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,281 (16th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,759 (13th highest)
  • Median household income: $50,826 (19th lowest)

20. Wyoming

  • Cost of typical wedding: $27,003
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 4,235 (the fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,199 (21st highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,257 (24th highest)
  • Median household income: $59,143 (17th highest)

19. North Dakota

  • Cost of typical wedding: $27,494
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 4,485 (2nd fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,186 (24th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,385 (19th highest)
  • Median household income: $59,114 (18th highest)

18. Utah

  • Cost of typical wedding: $27,953
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 25,553 (20th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,217 (19th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,308 (22nd highest)
  • Median household income: $62,518 (13th highest)

17. Minnesota

  • Cost of typical wedding: $28,132
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 31,616 (24th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,196 (22nd highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,411 (18th highest)
  • Median household income: $63,217 (10th highest)

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16. Colorado

  • Cost of typical wedding: $28,590
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 36,823 (20th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,241 (18th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,376 (20th highest)
  • Median household income: $62,520 (12th highest)

15. Delaware

  • Cost of typical wedding: $28,970
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 5,686 (5th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,275 (17th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,445 (17th highest)
  • Median household income: $61,017 (14th highest)

14. Pennsylvania

  • Cost of typical wedding: $29,891
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 73,216 (6th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,345 (11th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,802 (12th highest)
  • Median household income: $54,895 (21st highest)

13. Virginia

  • Cost of typical wedding: $30,197
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 57,037 (13th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,296 (15th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,504 (16th highest)
  • Median household income: $66,149 (8th highest)

12. Washington

  • Cost of typical wedding: $30,629
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 45,077 (16th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,339 (12th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,666 (14th highest)
  • Median household income: $62,848 (11th highest)

11. Vermont

  • Cost of typical wedding: $31,250
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 5,581 (4th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,336 (13th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,912 (10th highest)
  • Median household income: $56,104 (20th highest)

10. Rhode Island

  • Cost of typical wedding: $32,090
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 6,645 (7th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,351 (10th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,955 (8th highest)
  • Median household income: $58,387 (19th highest)

9. California

  • Cost of typical wedding: $32,770
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 246,700 (the most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,433 (6th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,929 (9th highest)
  • Median household income: $63,783 (9th highest)

8. Maryland

  • Cost of typical wedding: $34,503
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 36,934 (19th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,430 (8th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $3,878 (11th highest)
  • Median household income: $76,067 (the highest)

7. New Hampshire

  • Cost of typical wedding: $35,300
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 9,326 (9th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,382 (9th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $4,040 (7th highest)
  • Median household income: $68,485 (7th highest)

6. Alaska

  • Cost of typical wedding: $35,401
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 5,345 (3rd fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,476 (4th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $4,048 (6th highest)
  • Median household income: $74,444 (2nd highest)

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5. New York

  • Cost of typical wedding: $35,477
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 137,984 (4th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,476 (3rd highest)
  • Average ring cost: $4,167 (5th highest)
  • Median household income: $60,741 (15th highest)

4. Massachusetts

  • Cost of typical wedding: $36,709
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 36,732 (21st most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,430 (7th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $4,176 (4th highest)
  • Median household income: $70,954 (6th highest)

3. Connecticut

  • Cost of typical wedding: $36,971
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 18,685 (17th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,434 (5th highest)
  • Average ring cost: $4,184 (3rd highest)
  • Median household income: $71,755 (5th highest)

2. New Jersey

  • Cost of typical wedding: $38,049
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 47,854 (14th most)
  • Average dress cost: $1,501 (2nd highest)
  • Average ring cost: $4,235 (2nd highest)
  • Median household income: $73,702 (3rd highest)

1. Hawaii

  • Cost of typical wedding: $39,078
  • Number of weddings in 2017: 22,630 (19th fewest)
  • Average dress cost: $1,635 (the highest)
  • Average ring cost: $4,491 (the highest)
  • Median household income: $71,977 (4th highest)

Hawaii comes out on top as the state with the highest average wedding cost. This makes sense for a number of reasons, like the state’s wedding dresses and rings also being the most expensive in the country. Plus, Hawaii — along with Alaska, ranked at number six — are geographically isolated, so things that are relatively affordable in other states might be more expensive since they’re harder to obtain.

As far as the average wedding for the entire U.S. being roughly $25,000, 24/7 Wall St. noted that a significant number of Americans still spend more than that.


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