Before couples ever say "I do," typically there are months of planning, and figuring out how to pay for the momentous occasion.
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2.2 million people tied the knot in 2018 in the U.S., and the average dollar amount spent per wedding was $24,723, with couples forking over more than $54.4 billion to the wedding industry.
Even essential items, like a wedding dress, can cost an average of $1,200, with rings clocking in around $3,300 and cakes at $400.
It doesn't take long before the bills start adding up.
One of the most important decisions that factor into that bill: location, location, location.
And those prices really vary depending on where you decide to get hitched.
According to The Wedding Report, here are the top five most expensive states for a wedding based on 2018 statistics:
Average cost per wedding: $37,827
Number of weddings: 22,857
Engagement ring: $4,083
Median household income: $77,765
2. New Jersey
Average cost per wedding: $36,943
Number of weddings: 47,802
Engagement ring: $4,167
Median household income: $80,088
Average cost per wedding: $35,966
Number of weddings: 36,606
Engagement ring: $3,812
Median household income: $77,385
Average cost per wedding: $35,702
Number of weddings: 18,561
Engagement ring: $3,778
Median household income: $74,168
5. New York
Average cost per wedding: $34,315
Number of weddings: 137,843
Engagement ring: $4,091
Median household income: $64,894
Here are the least expensive:
46. West Virginia
Average cost per wedding: $18,228
Number of weddings: 13,728
Engagement ring: $3,286
Median household income: $43,469
Average cost per wedding: $17,607
Number of weddings: 32,065
Engagement ring: $3,032
Median household income: $48,375
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Average cost per wedding: $17,433
Number of weddings: 31,063
Engagement ring: $3,015
Median household income: $45,869
Average cost per wedding: $17,216
Number of weddings: 34,816
Engagement ring: $2,998
Median household income: $48,123
Average cost per wedding: $15,260
Number of weddings: 16,449
Engagement ring: $2,914
Median household income: $43,529
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Of note, people in the age range of 25-29 and 30-34 spent the most on a wedding - scoring an average amount of a little over $27,000.
Households that made more than $200,000 spent about $69,000 on the big day, far beyond households whose income ranged from $150,000-$200,000, who spent close to $29,000.