20 Most Expensive Places to Get Hitched

TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com released the results of an annual survey.

March 8, 2013 — -- intro: New York City continues its reign as most expensive place to get married in the U.S. with couples spending $76,787 on average, according to the annual Real Weddings Survey by TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com.

The survey revealed that the average amount couples spend on weddings in the country reached a high since 2008 at $28,427, not including the honeymoon. Spending in nearly every category also increased, including money spent on a photographer, venue and wedding planner.

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"In general, you're seeing couples a little more comfortable with their pocket books," said Anja Winikka, site editor for TheKnot.com. "Most spending is up across the board. They're adding a few more flowers. They're going for the higher-end dress."

The average amount spent on a wedding dress in 2012 was $1,211, compared with $1,121 in 2011. The average number of guests is 139.

This year, spending per guest increased to $204 from $196 in 2011.

"Couples are concentrating on their guests and creating a holistic experience for guests. It's not just about a dazzling dress and me, me, me," she said.

More couples this past year, one in four, provided shuttles and buses for guests to attend their wedding.

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New York City has been the most expensive place to get married in the country since TheKnot.com began asking this question in 2007. The least expensive place to get married is Alaska, with an average of $15,504 per wedding.

Winikka said the amount of spending is likely tied to rent and the cost of living.

"To own and run a business in Manhattan is that much more expensive than in the rest of the country," she said.

New to this year's list of 20 most expensive places to get married are Savannah, Ga. (17th), Sacramento/Reno/Tahoe (18th), and Illinois (20th).

quicklist: 1 title: New York City (Manhattan) category: media: 18686766 text: Average spent per wedding: $76,687

quicklist:2 title: Chicago category: media: 18686446 text: $49,810

quicklist:3 title: New York Metro (Long Island, Hudson Valley and NYC Outer Boroughs) category: media: 18686346 text: Average spent per wedding, respectively: $49,002, $46,300, $39,602

quicklist:4 title: Northern/Central New Jersey and Southern New Jersey category: media: 18686909 text: Average spent per wedding, respectively: $48,496, $35,375

quicklist:5 title: Rhode Island category: media: 18686565 text: Average spent per wedding: $47,399

quicklist:6 title: Santa Barbara/Ventura, Calif. category: media: 18686638 text: Average spent per wedding: $42,319

quicklist:7 title: Boston category: media: 18686378 text: Average spent per wedding: $39,239

quicklist:8 title: Philadelphia category: media: 18686608 text: Average spent per wedding: $38,369

quicklist:9 title: Connecticut category: media: 18686624 text: Average spent per wedding: $38,009

quicklist:10 title: San Francisco category: media: 18686393 text: Average spent per wedding: $35,344

quicklist:11 title: Los Angeles category: media: text: Average spent per wedding: $35,308

quicklist:12 title: San Diego and Orange County/Inland Empire, Calif. category: media: text: Average spent per wedding, respectively: $34,136, $33,848

quicklist:13 title: Baltimore category: media: text: $33,366

quicklist:14 title: Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia category: media: text: Average spent per wedding: $33,118

quicklist:15 title: Houston category: media: text: $31,978

quicklist: title: Southern Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas) media: text: Average spent per wedding: $31,288

quicklist: title: Savannah, Ga. media: text: $30,618

quicklist: title: Sacramento/Reno/Tahoe media: text: Average spent per wedding: $30,458

quicklist: title: Hawaii media: text: Average spent per wedding: $29,636

quicklist: title: Illinois media: text: Average spent per wedding: $29,489