The Best Cities in the U.S. to Get Married

Whether you're considering a destination wedding or planning one in your hometown, the event isn't easy to organize and it's not cheap. The average cost of a wedding hovers around $30,000, according to Business Insider, with couples in New York City spending around $77,000, and weddings in New Mexico averaging about $17,000.

To identify the best cities to tie the knot, personal finance site WalletHub compared the costs, facilities and activities/attractions in 182 U.S. cities, giving each city a score on 27 different metrics. The cities include the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state.

For costs, they looked at average wedding costs, hotel rooms, restaurant meals and cost of logistics. The availability of specific facilities and services was also a factor; these include the number of wedding chapels, bridal shops, bartenders, planners, photographers, caterers, and a slew of other services usually needed for weddings. Lastly, cities were ranked on the number of attractions, weather, food-friendliness and the city's popularity as a travel destination.

Based on WalletHub's report, these are the best U.S. cities to get married.

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1. Orlando
1. Orlando

1. Orlando

  • Costs Rank: 42
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 2
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 5

Orlando comes out on top overall as one of the best places to get married. The Florida city is one of the five cities with the most event planners and flower shops per capita.

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2. Las Vegas
2. Las Vegas

2. Las Vegas

  • Costs Rank: 51
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 6
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 4

Although Birmingham, Ala. has the most wedding chapels and churches per capita, Las Vegas ranks No. 5 in that category.

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3. Los Angeles
3. Los Angeles

3. Los Angeles

  • Costs Rank: 139
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 4
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 1

L.A., New York, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago all top the list for most bridal shops per capita. Los Angeles also is one of the cities with the most flower shops per capita.

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4. Atlanta
4. Atlanta

4. Atlanta

  • Costs Rank: 67
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 7
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 13

Pictured is the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which has several wedding venues for rent.

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5. Miami
5. Miami

5. Miami

  • Costs Rank: 98
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 3
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 15

Miami is one of the five cities with the most flower shops and bridal shops per capita.

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6. San Francisco
6. San Francisco

6. San Francisco

  • Costs Rank: 166
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 1
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 2

San Francisco is one of the five cities with the most flower shops and bridal shops per capita.

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7. Chicago
7. Chicago

7. Chicago

  • Costs Rank: 82
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 12
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 7

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8. San Diego
8. San Diego

8. San Diego

  • Costs Rank: 136
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 8
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 6

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9. New York
9. New York

9. New York

  • Costs Rank: 161
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 5
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 3

New York is one of the five cities with the most bridal shops per capita, and with the most attractions.

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10. Austin, Texas
10. Austin, Texas

10. Austin, Texas

  • Costs Rank: 69
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 9
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 19

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11. Tampa, Fla.
11. Tampa, Fla.

11. Tampa, Fla.

  • Costs Rank: 54
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 16
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 17

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2. Portland, Ore.
2. Portland, Ore.

2. Portland, Ore.

  • Costs Rank: 86
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 18
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 10

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13. Houston
13. Houston

13. Houston

  • Costs Rank: 79
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 13
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 22

Pictured is the Houston Zoo, which can be rented for weddings.

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14. Seattle
14. Seattle

14. Seattle

  • Costs Rank: 125
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 10
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 9

Above, brides pose under the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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15. Denver
15. Denver

15. Denver

  • Costs Rank: 83
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 14
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 23

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16. Tucson, Ariz.
16. Tucson, Ariz.

16. Tucson, Ariz.

  • Costs Rank: 15
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 66
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 14

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17. Scottsdale, Ariz.
17. Scottsdale, Ariz.

17. Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Costs Rank: 35
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 35
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 26

Scottsdale is one of five cities deemed to have the best weather for weddings. (Juneau, Alaska has the worst.)

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18. Cincinnati
18. Cincinnati

18. Cincinnati

  • Costs Rank: 24
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 27
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 31

Pictured is the Cincinnati Music Hall, one of the city's largest event spaces.

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19. New Orleans
19. New Orleans

19. New Orleans

  • Costs Rank: 59
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 39
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 16

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20. Dallas
20. Dallas

20. Dallas

  • Costs Rank: 62
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 21
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 28

Above, the stained glass windows, designed by artist Gabriel Loire, in the Chapel of Thanks-Giving in downtown Dallas. The building's spiral exterior was designed by architect Philip Johnson.

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21. St. Louis
21. St. Louis

21. St. Louis

  • Costs Rank: 64
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 20
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 29

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22. San Antonio, Texas
22. San Antonio, Texas

22. San Antonio, Texas

  • Costs Rank: 58
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 30
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 25

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23. El Paso, Texas
23. El Paso, Texas

23. El Paso, Texas

  • Costs Rank: 1
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 117
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 60

El Paso comes out on top for having the lowest average wedding cost of all 182 cities. The most expensive city was Bridgeport, Conn.

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24. Phoenix, Ariz.
24. Phoenix, Ariz.

24. Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Costs Rank: 50
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 55
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 18

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25. Albuquerque, N.M.
25. Albuquerque, N.M.

25. Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Costs Rank: 16
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 88
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 27

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26. Charleston, S.C.
26. Charleston, S.C.

26. Charleston, S.C.

  • Costs Rank: 106
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 26
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 21

Above, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, a popular wedding venue.

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27. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
27. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

27. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • Costs Rank: 78
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 22
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 30

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28. Louisville, Ky.
28. Louisville, Ky.

28. Louisville, Ky.

  • Costs Rank: 6
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 52
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 51

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29. Salt Lake City
29. Salt Lake City

29. Salt Lake City

  • Costs Rank: 92
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 17
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 35

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30. Knoxville, Tenn.
30. Knoxville, Tenn.

30. Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Costs Rank: 2
  • Facilities and Services Rank: 70
  • Activities and Attractions Rank: 63

See how your city ranked, or read the methodology for this study at WalletHub.

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