Wedding Costs Study: Wanna get hitched? It’s going to cost you

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The Knot has released its annual list of what it costs to get married throughout the country. For those wishing to get hitched this year, the study shows: you better start saving.

The Knot, a multiplatform wedding resource tool, released their results of its eighth annual Real Weddings Study. The firm surveyed nearly 16,000 US brides and grooms married in 2014 and analyzed financial spending habits and trends.

“While wedding budgets continue to rise, with the national average at $31,213, guest lists are shrinking. The average wedding now has 136 guests, down from 149 in 2009,” said Rebecca Dolgin, Editor in Chief of The Knot. “Couples are focusing on creating an amazing guest experience and reception details, including finding unique venues to reflect their personality. Perhaps the biggest change we’ve seen is in the amount of brides using their mobile phone to plan their wedding—it has doubled in just three years.”

In the Bay Area, couples are spending about $39,690 to tie the knot. If that sounds pricey, our region ranked only 9th on the list of the Top 25 Most Expensive Places To Get Married.

Couples in Manhattan and Long Island spend the most on their weddings at $76,328 and $55,327, respectively, according to the report.

Survey respondents represent a variety of ethnicities and educational and income levels, and are geographically dispersed across the country, The Knot says.

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