The 25 most expensive places to get married

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The average American wedding now costs $35,329 — the highest it’s ever been.
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Up nearly $8,000 from 10 years ago, the average American wedding now costs $35,329 – the highest it’s ever been.

That’s according to new data from wedding planning site The Knot, which conducted its tenth annual Real Weddings Study to uncover how much brides and grooms across the country are paying to get hitched.

For the study, The Knot surveyed over 13,000 men and women who said “I do” in 2016 to determine the average cost of weddings in America, including everything from the price of the dress to the venue to the cake.

Below, Business Insider highlighted the 25 most expensive places to get married, with locations in and around New York City dominating the list. Other East Coast locales made a strong showing as well, with Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and anywhere in Rhode Island also appearing in the top 10.

Read on to see where couples are spending the most on their weddings across America.


25. Upstate New York — $34,874

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Syracuse, New York.
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24. Orange County, California – $35,303

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Newport Beach, California.
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23. Detroit – $35,576

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Detroit.
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22. Baltimore — $35,861

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Baltimore.
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21. Austin, San Antonio, and Central Texas — $36,522

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San Antonio.
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20. San Diego — $37,268

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San Diego.
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19. Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland — $40,176

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Washington, DC.
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18. Houston and East Texas — $40,285

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Houston.
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17. Connecticut — $42,127

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Hartford, Connecticut.
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16. New Orleans — $42,628

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New Orleans.
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15. San Francisco and the greater Bay Area — $42,716

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San Francisco.
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14. Boston — $44,028

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Boston.
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13. Los Angeles — $44,062

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Los Angeles.
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12. Santa Barbara and Ventura, California — $45,957

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Santa Barbara, California.
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11. Southern New Jersey — $46,486

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Cape May, New Jersey.
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10. Philadelphia — $48,093

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Philadelphia.
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9. Southern Florida — $48,596

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Miami.
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8. Rhode Island — $52,328

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Newport, Rhode Island.
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7. Westchester and Hudson Valley, New York — $54,428

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Westchester, New York.
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6. Cape Cod, Massachusetts — $58,608

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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5. Outer boroughs of New York City — $59,027

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Brooklyn, New York.
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4. Chicago, Illinois — $60,035

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Chicago, Illinois.
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3. North and Central New Jersey — $62,606

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Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
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2. Long Island, New York — $67,831

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Long Island, New York.
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1. Manhattan, New York — $78,464

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Manhattan, New York.
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