I do… but it will cost you! How New York women spend more than twice the average bride on their weddings


I do… but it will cost you! How New York women spend more than twice the average bride on their weddings

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14:53 GMT, 23 March 2012

It is official: New York City is the place where dreams are
made of. Well, the dreams of little girls who plan to get hitched in the bustling
concrete jungle.

Two wedding websites, TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com,
have found that Manhattan weddings attracted an average annual spend of $65,824 in 2011, making
it the most expensive place within the U.S. to get married.

It was more than double the average amount spent on American
weddings, which was found to be $27,021.

City of dreams: New York's Manhattan has topped a list of the world's most expensive places to get married. Long Island came in at second place while the city's other boroughs also made the top five

City of dreams: New York's Manhattan has topped a list of the world's most expensive places to get married. Long Island came in at second place while the city's other boroughs also made the top five

Country style: The quaint town of Southampton in New York's Long Island made it another popular wedding destination in 2011

Country style: The quaint town of Southampton in New York's Long Island made it another popular wedding destination in 2011. It came in at the third most expensive U.S. wedding destination

A survey of 18,000 American couples who tied the knot in
2011 also found Chicago to be the second most expensive place, tallying $53,069,
while New York City’s Long Island attracted $50,087, making it the third most
expensive place.

The city that never sleeps didn’t stop there though.

New York’s Hudson Valley was fourth at $46,560 while other New
York boroughs came in at fifth with a collected average of $40,356.

New Jersey
and Rhode Island were the next highest places, followed by California’s Santa
Barbara and Los Angeles which both attracted average spends of about $37,000.

Hot property: Rhode Island's Marble House is just one of its popular wedding destinations. The island drew an average wedding spend of $41,307 last year, launching it into the top seven list

Hot property: Rhode Island's Marble House is just one of its popular wedding destinations. The island drew an average wedding spend of $41,307 last year, launching it into the top seven list

Location, location: Chicago came in at second place in the list, beating out California and Philadelphia

Location, location: Chicago came in at second place in the list, beating out California and Philadelphia

Philadelphia was the final most expensive destination, which
brought in $37,014 for the year.

The overall average U.S. spend jumped slightly from 2010’s total
of $26,985.

THE TOP SEVEN MOST EXPENSIVE U.S. PLACES TO GET HITCHED

Two websites surveyed 18,000 American couples to find the following ranking:

Manhattan, New YorkChicagoNew York Metro including Long Island, Hudson Valley and other boroughsNew JerseyRhode IslandSanta Barbara/Ventura and Los Angeles, CaliforniaPhiladelphia

It is the first time since 2008 where the amount has increased from
year-to-year, suggesting brides have mastered recession-proof spending habits
to ensure the best for their big day.

It was found that 29per cent of brides expressed concerns
over the economy when it came to planning their wedding.

Interestingly, the survey also found that Manhattan folk spend
$2,403 on the all-important gown.

Given the city’s splurge on securing venues
and the like, it seems surprising that the dress totals less than an average
Vera Wang design.

The average amount spent on an American wedding guest totaled $196.

Virginia was found to be the cheapest place in the U.S. to exchange your vows.

It attracted a far more modest average spend of $14,203.