Detailed Findings & Methodology
Typically, more is spent on weddings in Northeastern states and destinations like Hawaii. By contrast, those tying the knot in Southern states tend to spend less on weddings.
The cost of saying “I Do” is highest in New Jersey, where couples spend $39,602 on their weddings. In Mississippi, by contrast, couples spend $17,610 on the special day, the state with the lowest average wedding cost.
Couples in states spending the most on weddings generally get married a year or two later than in states where less is spent on weddings. Because of the generally high overall cost of marriage, some level of financial stability is a requirement for most couples considering marriage. Even just a few extra years to settle into the workforce during a couple’s late 20s can mean they’ll be in a vastly different financial situation when paying for a wedding.
The typical age to get married in the 10 states where couples spend the most on weddings hovers between 29 and 30. In the 10 states spending the least, couples are generally between 27 and 28 years old when they get married.
To identify the cost of a wedding in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 2016 average cost of a wedding in every state from wedding industry research company, The Wedding Report, Inc. The estimated number of 2016 weddings in each state as well as the cost of engagement rings and other items purchased getting married also came from The Wedding Report, Inc. Median age when first married and average household income figures came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Consumer Survey.