New study reveals Tri-State Area among most expensive places to wed

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Planning a wedding? You better dig deeper into your wallet if you plan on having it in the Tri-State Area.

A new study by 'The Knot' reveals that Manhattan, Long Island and parts of New Jersey all crack the top five when it comes to the most expensive places to wed.

Here's the breakdown of the Top 5 most expensive places to get married:

1) New York City (Manhattan) - $78,464

2) New York (Long Island) - $67,831

3) North/Central New Jersey - $62,606

4) Chicago, IL - $60,035

5) New York City (Outer Boroughs) - $59,027

As for the most affordable places to get married?

1) Arkansas - $19,522

2) Utah - $20,337

3) Montana - $20,794

4) West Texas - $21,688

5) Oregon - $21,854

The 2016 study surveyed nearly 13,000 brides and grooms in the United States to study their financial spending habits and trends. The results showed that on average, the cost of a typical wedding reached an all-time high of $35,329.

Here are some more interesting stats from the study:

Average Wedding Cost: $35,329 (excludes honeymoon) (up from $32,641 in 2015)

Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $78,464 average spend

Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Arkansas, $19,522 average spend

Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,564

Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29 ; Groom, 31

Average Number of Guests: 141

Average Number of Bridesmaids: 5

Average Number of Groomsmen: 5

Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (15%)

Average Length of Engagement: 15 months

Most Popular Month to Get Married: October (16%) and September (16%)

Popular Wedding Colors: Dark blue (29%), gold (28%) and light pink (28%)

Percentage of Destination Weddings: 20%