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Find the Average Cost of a Wedding in Your County

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What is the most and the least expensive city to get married in? How would one figure that out? Nerdwallet Finance has taken the cerebral tech number crunchin plunge into the where and how much of wedding planning. Their result? They have created an interactive map to help you determine the least and most expensive wedding venue destination in the US. learn more about how they did it visit: click here

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"They calculated which counties were most expensive by factoring in the “true cost” of a wedding: the event’s cost as a percentage of the median household income in the area. This is likely why major metropolitan areas like New York City aren't ranked highly, because incomes tend to be higher there to make up for the high cost of living.

Here are the five LEAST affordable counties in America:

  1. Brooks, Texas
  2. Jefferson, Missouri
  3. Wolfe, Kentucky
  4. McCreary, Kentucky
  5. Clay, Kentucky

And the five MOST affordable:

  1. Loudon, Virginia
  2. Los Alamos, New Mexico
  3. Fairfax, Virginia
  4. Arlington, Virginia
  5. Douglas, Colorado

Want to find out how expensive your area is? Compare cities on NerdWallet's cost map." (Caption, 2014 Veranda.com)

Nerdwallet gives a few helpful hints in their article, "True Cost of a Wedding: Where to Save, Where to Splurge"

 Average Cost of a Wedding in Your County


But a dollar might not be a dollar when it comes to looking at wedding costs against yearly income. Will you overspend or enter married life feeling thrifty?

To find the true cost of a wedding across the U.S., we calculated total wedding costs as a percentage of median household income in 2,870 of the nation’s counties, which resulted in some interesting findings:

  • Most affordable: Five of the 10 most affordable counties for weddings belong to Virginia, where relatively high median household incomes mean wedding bills are a smaller percentage of a couple’s paychecks.
  • Least affordable: Five of the 10 least affordable counties are in Kentucky because low average incomes in the state mean higher true costs.
  • Holy matri-money: There are 500 counties in the U.S. where couples will spend more on their weddings on average than they will make in an entire year.
  • Going big in Texas: Couples spend as much as 161% of their combined income on their wedding in Brooks County, Texas (the least affordable county for weddings), which is four times less affordable than the true cost of a wedding in Loudoun County, Virginia (the most affordable)." (Caption, 2014 Nerdwallet)


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