Weddings are a big thing for Americans.
A Gallup poll found that 54 percent of Americans are married, with 21 percent of the population interested in marrying in the future. Just about 5 percent, though, don’t have any interest at all in tying the knot.
Millennials, for instance, aren’t overly enthusiastic about marriage. The number of millennials getting married before they’re 40 is lower than in any generation, the Urban Institute found in a recent study. Some have even begun embracing and championing the idea of a beta marriage, where couples test the relationship for two years before making it official.
So, yeah, it’s a big topic for most Americans.
And apparently an expensive one. Theknot.com released a survey earlier this year that looked at the average cost of a wedding — $29,858, excluding the honeymoon. The survey also highlighted the cities where it costs the most to get married.
Here are the top 15:
1. New York City (Manhattan)
The average cost of a wedding in the Big Apple is at a whopping $86,916. For a city where people average $2,448 in weekly pay, the hefty price tag isn’t too surprising.
2. Long Island
The average cost of a wedding on Long Island rests at $57,343. The average salary for someone living there is about $56,000, so people are spending about a year’s salary on their wedding.
3. North/Central New Jersey
To have a wedding in north or central New Jersey, you’ll be dishing out about $51,287. The northern part of the state is home to Bergen County, where blue laws prevent people from shopping on Sundays. Maybe they’re saving money for their weddings.
The windy city offers a comparatively more affordable wedding cost at $48,449. Illinois’ economy isn’t doing too well, though, so you’re probably less likely to see people laying out hefty stacks of cash for a lavish wedding these days.
5. NYC Outer Boroughs