Most Expensive Cities to Say “I Do”

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So many wedding pictures show up online and in magazines of gorgeous and incredible events. They give you goosebumps and make your eyes hurt a little bit from all the beauty you need to absorb. Then we watch movies depicting weddings that could only exist on film. They drip flowers and glow of candles and showcase the most beutiful chairs and lighting and linens. All of these high end weddings are inspiring but also shocking.

Who can afford this? Who is planning this? Where is this?! Can I have this? 

Time to time we are the Chicago wedding planners behind these incredible events and sometimes we’re the realistic planners helping align our brides’ expectations to real life and real budgets. It’s so important to understand your wedding budget and how it translates to a Chicago wedding…or any destination wedding! This might help…

Last week we shared a few results from The Knot magazine and XO Group Inc.’s 2012 bride survey and here are a few more interesting findings we thought we’d share. These are the Top 20 Most Expensive Places to Get Married:
Based on average wedding spend in 2011, these are the areas around the US where couples spend the most on their wedding.
1. NYC (Manhattan): $65,824
2. Chicago, IL: $53,069
3. NY Metro (Long Island, Hudson Valley and NYC Outer Boroughs): $50,087, $46,560,$40,356
4. Northern/Central NJ and Southern NJ: $46,600, $38,103
5. Rhode Island: $41,307
6. Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA, and Los Angeles, CA: $37,823, $37,690
7. Philadelphia, PA: $37,014
8. Boston, MA: $35,560
9. Southern Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas): $34,465
10. Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland: $34,203
11. Connecticut: $33,789
12. Baltimore, MD: $32,702
13. Northern, CA, San Diego, CA, and Orange County/Inland Empire, CA: $32,261, $30,482,$29,826
14. Hawaii: $31,461
15. Pittsburgh, PA: $29,703
16. Louisiana: $28,790 *New to Top 20 List in 2011
17. Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, and Austin/San Antonio, TX: $28,717, $27,459, $27,735
18. California/Nevada (Sacramento, Tahoe and Reno): $28,028
19. Lehigh Valley/Poconos, PA: $27,339 *New to Top 20 List in 2011
20. Detroit, MI: $27,017 *New to Top 20 List in 2011
The average Chicago wedding budget comes in as the second most expensive city to get married just under New York City, Manhattan!