Average Wedding Cost Per State

If you plan on getting married in the near future, you might be starting to wonder if there isn’t a more sensible alternative to a complex and costly so-called “big wedding”. You may be wondering if the costs, complications, stresses, social expectations, and myriad details of a traditional marriage ceremony are really worth it. Perhaps it’s time that you and your future spouse consider an elopement ceremony. In fact, if you haven’t begun to consider an elopement (a smaller, less costly marriage ceremony), then consider the figures on this page.

The table below shows the average wedding cost per state in the U.S. Also included are the average bridal dress cost per state as well as the average number of wedding guests per ceremony in each state. You can see that the lowest cost state in which to have a traditional wedding is Idaho, where the average wedding cost is $16,159. The most expensive state to stage a traditional wedding is tiny Rhode Island, where the average wedding will run about $42,469. (There are several specific metro regions where weddings are more expensive than they are in Rhode Island as a whole, as the table indicates.)

Remember also, that these costs are average wedding costs. Weddings can be more or less expensive depending on many different factors such as types of meals served, whether an open bar for the guests is planned, the types of decor used, and where the wedding and reception is held. Elopement ceremonies, on the other hand, will tend to be much less expensive than even the least expensive average traditional wedding. In the future this website will offer detailed information on how to plan an elopement style marriage.

You can sort any of the columns in the table below by simply clicking on the top of each column: click once to sort lowest to highest, and click again to sort from highest to lowest. Some states such as California, New York, and Florida have several different average costs listed by regions within the state. To view only the regions for a specific state, just type the state name in the “search” box and you will see only that state’s wedding cost data. The data within this table has been sourced from Parade Magazine’s website. Data for Delaware, Kansas, and Montana is not available at this time, but will be added in the near future.

StateAverage Wedding CostAverage Bridal Dress CostAverage Number of Wedding Guests
Alabama$22,083.00$1,183.00161
Alaska$20,067.00$804.00107
Arizona$24,504.00$1,136.00113
Arkansas$17,799.00$1,103.00134
California -– Bay Area$33,836.00$1,355.00120
California –- Central$26,386.00$1,309.00148
California –- Los Angeles$38,735.00$1,580.00147
California –- Orange County$32,021.00$1,239.00122
California –- Sacramento/Tahoe$28,535.00$1,349.00108
California -– San Diego$30,885.00$1,286.00115
California -– Santa Barbara/Ventura$44,214.00$1,738.00131
Colorado$26,495.00$1,231.00118
Connecticut$41,745.00$1,436.00133
District of Columbia$37,487.00$1,536.00117
Florida -– Central$26,799.00$1,191.0099
Florida -– Gulf Coast$28,526.00$1,235.0095
Florida –- Northern$27,492.00$1,145.00108
Florida –- Southern$37,210.00$1,435.00102
Georgia -– Atlanta/No. Georgia$26,817.00$1,352.00131
Georgia -– Savannah/Coastal$24,836.00$1,202.0098
Hawaii$25,306.00$1,164.0081
Idaho$16,159.00$1,155.00148
Illinois –- Central$22,276.00$1,054.00162
Illinois –- Chicago$48,449.00$1,909.00138
Indiana$21,042.00$1,018.00154
Iowa$18,995.00$967.00195
Kentucky$19,093.00$988.00154
Louisiana$35,008.00$1,439.00170
Maine$29,854.00$1,284.00114
Maryland$31,964.00$1,358.00127
Massachusetts$35,512.00$1,415.00127
Michigan –- Detroit$31,044.00$1,286.00168
Michigan -– Grand Rapids/Lansing$22,319.00$1,060.00154
Minnesota$24,400.00$989.00179
Mississippi$17,329.00$903.00190
Missouri -– Kansas City$24,220.00$1,245.00171
Missouri -– St. Louis$22,489.00$1,074.00165
Nebraska$22,815.00$1,107.00222
Nevada$18,676.00$999.0063
New Hampshire$26,059.00$1,161.00108
New Jersey -– Northern/Central$51,287.00$1,834.00150
New Jersey -– Southern$38,620.00$1,360.00131
New Mexico$17,951.00$930.00136
New York -– Hudson Valley$42,444.00$1,631.00130
New York -– Long Island$57,343.00$2,160.00162
New York -– Manhattan$86,916.00$3,027.00138
New York –- Other NYC Boroughs$47,121.00$1,761.00135
New York –- Upstate/Central$25,937.00$1,095.00133
North Carolina$24,630.00$1,158.00124
North Dakota$17,737.00$1,096.00172
Ohio -– Cincinnati$23,358.00$1,136.00161
Ohio –- Cleveland$26,761.00$1,141.00172
Ohio –- Columbus$23,306.00$1,102.00152
Ohio -– Toledo$20,342.00$1,008.00181
Oklahoma$17,557.00$859.00149
Oregon$22,619.00$1,019.00122
Pennsylvania -– Central$23,361.00$1,068.00131
Pennsylvania -– Lehigh Valley/Poconos$34,488.00$1,252.00129
Pennsylvania –- Philadelphia$40,350.00$1,474.00140
Pennsylvania -– Pittsburgh$29,374.00$1,280.00147
Rhode Island$42,469.00$1,612.00130
South Carolina$28,206.00$1,359.00129
South Dakota$17,737.00$1,096.00172
Tennessee$21,956.00$1,072.00138
Texas -– Austin/San Antonio$29,526.00$1,372.00149
Texas -– Dallas$29,427.00$1,331.00143
Texas -– Houston$35,475.00$1,550.00159
Texas -– West Texas$17,082.00$1,066.00172
Utah$16,816.00$1,018.00177
Vermont$29,662.00$1,120.00117
Virginia$25,076.00$1,022.00123
Washington$24,759.00$1,140.00127
West Virginia$19,833.00$1,098.00142
Wisconsin$23,101.00$1,057.00166
Wyoming$22,502.00$1,191.00159