2019 Average Cost of a Wedding with Breakdown

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Based on multiple studies, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is roughly about $27,000.  This excludes the engagement ring and honeymoon.  Many other reports include engagement rings.  While there is no definitive number, some of the most significant findings typically range from about $24,000 to $30,000.  To put the cost of an average American wedding in perspective, $27,000 is close to half of the US median household income before taxes, according to the Census ACS survey.  The 2017 median household income was $60,336 in 2017.   

Although $27,000 is the approximate average cost, it varies significantly across the country by state and region.  Depending on where you live, that could be a good thing.  For example, the cost in Mississippi hovers around a more reasonable $10,000.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, a couple in Manhattan, New York will spend around $68,000.  The calculated costs for regional estimates are based partially on data from ValuePenguin.  Below are the average costs of weddings by state and region.  If no city or region is listed beside the state name, the costs are for the overall state.


Average Wedding Cost by State and Region (Excluding Engagement Ring and Honeymoon)

State Average Cost per Guest Average Wedding Cost
Alabama $106 $14,786
Alaska $148 $20,761
Arizona $167 $23,376
Arkansas $102 $14,319
California (Central) $137 $19,219
California (LA) $203 $28,405
California (Orange County) $202 $28,294
California (Sacramento) $203 $28,482
California (San Diego) $207 $28,951
California (Santa Barbara) $260 $36,384
California (SF/Bay Area) $217 $30,396
Colorado $173 $24,205
Connecticut $242 $33,835
Delaware* $250 $35,000
Florida (Central) $208 $29,181
Florida (Northern) $196 $27,441
Florida (Southern) $281 $39,326
Florida (West Coast) $231 $32,369
Georgia (Atlanta) $158 $22,067
Georgia (Savannah) $195 $27,320
Hawaii $241 $33,679
Idaho $84 $11,770
Illinois (Central) $106 $14,823
Illinois (Chicago Suburbs) $153 $21,485
Illinois (Chicago) $270 $37,846
Indiana $105 $14,729
Iowa $75 $10,500
Kentucky $95 $13,365
Louisiana $159 $22,199
Maine $202 $28,231
Maryland (Baltimore) $194 $27,132
Massachusetts (Boston) $215 $30,143
Michigan (Detroit) $142 $19,920
Michigan (Lansing/Grand Rapids) $112 $15,623
Minnesota $105 $14,695
Mississippi $70 $9,832
Missouri (Kansas City) $109 $15,268
Missouri (St. Louis) $105 $14,693
Nebraska $79 $11,079
Nevada $228 $31,957
New Hampshire $186 $26,011
New Jersey (North and Central) $263 $36,858
New Jersey (South) $227 $31,780
New Mexico $102 $14,229
New York (Long Island) $273 $38,158
New York (Manhattan) $485 $67,896
New York (Outer Boroughs) $269 $37,627
New York (Westchester) $251 $35,196
New York (Western/Central) $150 $21,023
North Carolina $153 $21,412
North Dakota $79 $11,116
Ohio (Cincinnati) $112 $15,639
Ohio (Cleveland) $120 $16,772
Ohio (Columbus) $118 $16,529
Ohio (Toledo) $87 $12,115
Oklahoma $91 $12,703
Oregon $143 $19,986
Pennsylvania (Central) $137 $19,224
Pennsylvania (Lehigh Valley/Poconos) $206 $28,820
Pennsylvania (Philly) $222 $31,070
Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) $154 $21,541
Rhode Island $252 $35,217
South Carolina $168 $23,570
South Dakota $79 $11,116
Tennessee $123 $17,151
Texas (Austin/San Antonio) $153 $21,362
Texas (Dallas) $158 $22,184
Texas (Houston) $172 $24,052
Texas (West Texas) $76 $10,706
Utah $73 $10,242
Vermont $195 $27,330
Virginia $157 $21,977
Washington $150 $21,016
Washington DC $247 $34,539
West Virginia $108 $15,057
Wisconsin $107 $15,002
Wyoming $109 $15,256

*Delaware was missing from the original list however multiple estimates show that Delaware weddings will cost $35,000 more or less.

Now that you have a better expectation of what costs will be for an overall wedding, let’s break down the costs by itemized expense.  Unsurprisingly the wedding reception is by far the most expensive thing a couple will need to pay for when planning a wedding.  Favors, officiant, and the Groom’s attire round out the least costly expenses.

Wedding Costs by Expense
Expense As a % Avg Cost
Venue (reception with catering) 43.9% $11,854
Photographer 7.6% $2,056
Flowers & Décor 6.9% $1,860
Ceremony Site 6.7% $1,807
Reception Band / DJ* 5.8% $1,563
Wedding/Event Planner 5.8% $1,554
Videographer 5.5% $1,495
Wedding Dress 4.4% $1,180
Rehearsal Dinner 3.7% $1,005
Transportation 2.4% $649
Musicians at Ceremony 2.2% $595
Wedding Cake 1.6% $422
Invitations 1.2% $319
Groom’s Attire 0.8% $224
Officiant 0.8% $222
Favors 0.7% $197
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TOTAL 100% $27,000

*The cost for wedding reception music is significantly higher or lower depending on choosing a band or DJ.  The more members of a band, the higher the cost.  A DJ’s average cost will be around $1,200 while a band may be over $4,000 to hire.

It can be useful to apply the percentages to your state or region’s average wedding cost.  This will give you a better idea of what the cost of each expense will look like for you.  Keep in mind that these are simply estimates to give you a starting point of reference.  Vendors may vary considerably.

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