Best Places To Get Married in 2017

    Planning a wedding can be stressful.  It’s a demanding and protracted process which (theoretically) it should be the best day of your life.  It’s why the term “bridezilla” became an entry in the wedding glossary.

    It’s a daunting task to say the least: sending invitations, securing reservations, planning your menu and designing an overpriced cake.  It takes months to plan,, even  years in  advance, as this is the biggest commitment you will make in your entire life.  Hence a $60 billion wedding industry just for the “big day”.

    WalletHub conducted a survey of 150 cities too find the cheapest and most convenient wedding destinations based off of 20 key indicators of nuptial-friendliness, ranging from “average wedding cost” to “venues and event spaces per capita” to “hotel availability.”

     

    Source: WalletHub

    Best Places to Get Married

     

    Overall

     

     

    Rank

    City Total Score ‘Costs’ Rank ‘Facilities & Services’ Rank ‘Activities & Attractions’ Rank
    1 Las Vegas, NV 74.21 57 5 1
    2 Orlando, FL 74.04 88 1 3
    3 Atlanta, GA 69.99 64 2 9
    4 Tampa, FL 65.43 41 11 5
    5 Cincinnati, OH 64.63 27 8 27
    6 Scottsdale, AZ 63.03 53 12 8
    7 Salt Lake City, UT 62.92 92 3 22
    8 Fort Lauderdale, FL 60.83 65 10 16
    9 Knoxville, TN 60.59 4 29 42
    10 Miami, FL 60.55 99 6 11
    11 St. Louis, MO 59.78 82 7 25
    12 New Orleans, LA 59.67 58 27 10
    13 Springfield, MO 57.81 3 40 45
    14 Boise, ID 57.14 9 49 32
    15 Tucson, AZ 56.94 28 64 14
    16 Birmingham, AL 56.13 19 26 59
    17 Richmond, VA 55.95 63 13 36
    18 Austin, TX 55.62 91 17 20
    19 San Diego, CA 55.04 118 18 4
    20 Tempe, AZ 55.03 47 34 23
    21 Reno, NV 54.53 77 28 24
    22 Albuquerque, NM 54.26 15 96 26
    23 Portland, OR 53.36 116 15 13
    24 Spokane, WA 52.49 22 50 43
    25 Sacramento, CA 52.48 121 14 15
    26 El Paso, TX 52.13 1 141 99
    27 San Francisco, CA 52.13 150 4 2
    28 Chattanooga, TN 51.91 12 43 83
    29 Pittsburgh, PA 51.74 102 21 30
    30 Denver, CO 51.56 115 19 18
    31 Grand Rapids, MI 51.37 32 31 73
    32 Seattle, WA 51.24 125 16 12
    33 Baton Rouge, LA 50.47 34 48 46
    34 Mobile, AL 50.07 8 87 85
    35 Minneapolis, MN 49.31 96 32 31
    36 Tulsa, OK 49.18 20 98 47
    37 Honolulu, HI 48.84 145 9 6
    38 St. Petersburg, FL 48.73 44 72 40
    39 Los Angeles, CA 48.06 128 35 7
    40 Modesto, CA 47.90 93 36 35
    41 Kansas City, MO 47.86 50 83 37
    42 Louisville, KY 47.47 26 92 66
    43 Memphis, TN 47.36 5 127 100
    44 Huntsville, AL 46.76 33 85 67
    45 Omaha, NE 46.74 40 78 53
    46 Houston, TX 46.54 97 46 33
    47 Augusta, GA 46.49 10 94 110
    48 Brownsville, TX 46.47 2 148 146
    49 Tallahassee, FL 46.03 62 47 64
    50 Phoenix, AZ 45.98 51 109 38
    51 Shreveport, LA 45.79 7 118 113
    52 Oklahoma City, OK 45.76 30 116 61
    53 Madison, WI 45.53 66 69 48
    54 Fayetteville, NC 45.43 16 75 114
    55 Dallas, TX 45.24 73 55 55
    56 San Antonio, TX 44.84 54 76 60
    57 Rochester, NY 44.69 117 23 58
    58 Nashville, TN 44.56 69 57 68
    59 Colorado Springs, CO 44.54 94 73 39
    60 Amarillo, TX 44.46 31 113 91
    61 Bakersfield, CA 44.45 84 62 52
    62 Raleigh, NC 44.39 74 56 69
    63 Lubbock, TX 44.32 18 88 120
    64 Anaheim, CA 44.06 126 37 28
    65 Columbus, OH 44.06 49 105 57
    66 Charlotte, NC 43.94 39 93 88
    67 Lexington-Fayette, KY 43.78 35 124 78
    68 Columbus, GA 43.67 13 114 119
    69 Overland Park, KS 43.53 36 84 104
    70 Laredo, TX 43.07 6 147 137
    71 Glendale, CA 42.98 122 22 63
    72 Mesa, AZ 42.96 47 104 75
    73 Buffalo, NY 42.78 107 39 56
    74 Montgomery, AL 42.75 11 117 135
    75 Cleveland, OH 42.65 100 52 54
    76 Durham, NC 42.45 60 81 89
    77 Jackson, MS 42.34 21 111 123
    78 Little Rock, AR 42.25 29 77 127
    79 Washington, DC 41.92 143 30 17
    80 Chandler, AZ 41.82 55 108 82
    81 Plano, TX 41.62 81 66 95
    82 Greensboro, NC 41.54 14 149 101
    83 Fresno, CA 41.52 78 91 81
    84 Lincoln, NE 41.45 68 82 96
    85 Henderson, NV 41.42 61 126 71
    86 Norfolk, VA 41.35 59 121 76
    87 Sioux Falls, SD 41.32 43 95 107
    88 Wichita, KS 41.25 23 120 118
    89 Chicago, IL 41.09 131 58 29
    90 Corpus Christi, TX 41.02 25 128 115
    91 Milwaukee, WI 40.80 95 103 50
    92 Santa Rosa, CA 40.67 132 20 74
    93 Indianapolis, IN 40.66 46 145 79
    94 Vancouver, WA 40.43 112 33 97
    95 Akron, OH 39.93 42 97 121
    96 Jacksonville, FL 39.84 87 110 77
    97 Fort Worth, TX 39.78 79 107 87
    98 North Las Vegas, NV 39.74 45 53 126
    99 Virginia Beach, VA 39.63 98 90 72
    100 Tacoma, WA 39.58 108 42 94
    101 Des Moines, IA 39.51 76 79 109
    102 Detroit, MI 39.42 67 140 80
    103 Toledo, OH 39.42 17 138 138
    104 Long Beach, CA 39.10 136 44 34
    105 Garden Grove, CA 38.96 105 60 90
    106 Winston-Salem, NC 38.95 24 150 103
    107 Glendale, AZ 38.76 52 125 98
    108 St. Paul, MN 38.73 103 71 93
    109 Fort Wayne, IN 38.72 37 89 141
    110 Irving, TX 38.37 71 67 128
    111 Irvine, CA 38.22 127 38 70
    112 Baltimore, MD 37.80 123 65 51
    113 Cape Coral, FL 37.23 85 146 65
    114 Arlington, TX 37.03 71 122 111
    115 Gilbert, AZ 36.79 38 106 130
    116 Hialeah, FL 36.48 80 102 122
    117 Newport News, VA 36.16 75 131 116
    118 Huntington Beach, CA 36.12 138 41 49
    119 Philadelphia, PA 35.83 140 112 21
    120 Oakland, CA 35.26 146 25 44
    121 Stockton, CA 35.23 104 130 92
    122 Chesapeake, VA 35.14 56 136 133
    123 Peoria, AZ 35.07 86 133 112
    124 Oceanside, CA 35.06 120 86 86
    125 Pembroke Pines, FL 34.32 89 139 117
    126 San Jose, CA 34.28 141 45 62
    127 New York, NY 33.52 147 68 19
    128 Riverside, CA 33.30 130 59 102
    129 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 33.24 114 70 125
    130 Santa Ana, CA 33.21 129 61 105
    131 San Bernardino, CA 32.72 110 115 108
    132 Ontario, CA 32.38 119 63 124
    133 Aurora, CO 31.96 101 100 142
    134 Garland, TX 31.87 90 135 139
    135 Port St. Lucie, FL 31.48 83 142 148
    136 Chula Vista, CA 31.40 109 80 144
    137 Providence, RI 30.94 133 99 84
    138 Grand Prairie, TX 30.75 70 144 140
    139 Anchorage, AK 30.53 124 119 106
    140 Boston, MA 30.15 149 54 41
    141 Fontana, CA 27.78 110 132 147
    142 Aurora, IL 25.92 106 137 149
    143 Jersey City, NJ 25.91 139 74 132
    144 Moreno Valley, CA 25.88 113 143 143
    145 Santa Clarita, CA 25.77 134 101 131
    146 Fremont, CA 25.70 142 51 136
    147 Oxnard, CA 24.15 137 128 129
    148 Worcester, MA 22.57 135 134 145
    149 Yonkers, NY 21.00 148 24 150
    150 Newark, NJ 20.31 144 123 134

     

    Here it is in Infographic form:

    Artwork-Best and Worst Cities to Get Married-2017-v4

    Here are the stats of the best vs. worst cities as per WalletHub:

    Best vs. Worst

    El Paso, Texas, has the lowest average wedding cost, $15,514, which is 2.7 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $41,187.

    Orlando, Fla., has the most venues and event spaces per 100,000 residents, 61.15, which is 33.8 times more than in Cape Coral, Fla., the city with the fewest at 1.81.

    Washington has the most event planners per 100,000 residents, 96.14, which is 22.7 times more than in Stockton, Calif., the city with the fewest at 4.23.

    San Francisco has the most photographers per 100,000 residents, 171.51, which is 32 times more than in Newark, N.J., the city with the fewest at 5.36.

    Orlando, Fla., has the most bridal shops per 100,000 residents, 15.58, which is 43.3 times more than in Greensboro, N.C., the city with the fewest at 0.36.

    San Francisco has the most musicians per 100,000 residents, 18.44, which is 55.9 times more than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the fewest at 0.33.

    Orlando, Fla., has the most flower shops per 100,000 residents, 108.28, which is 33.6 times more than in Greensboro, N.C., the city with the fewest at 3.22.

    Source: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-places-to-get-married/18721

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