These Are the 25 Least Expensive Places to Get Married in America

Even though the national average spent on a wedding is $29,858, if you live in a smaller state like Idaho — where the average wedding costs $16,159 — you may find yourself saving a little more than half of the national number! Check out some of the other least expensive places to get married below:

Least Expensive Places To Marry

1. Idaho: $16,159
2. Utah: $16,816
3. West Texas: $17,082
4. Mississippi: $17,329
5. Oklahoma: $17,557
6. North Dakota/South Dakota: $17,737
7. Arkansas: $17,799
8. New Mexico: $17,951
9. Nevada: $18,676
10. Iowa: $18,995
11. Kentucky: $19,093
12. West Virginia: $19,833
13. Toledo, OH: $20,342
14. Alaska: $20,607
15. Indiana: $21,042
16. Tennessee: $21,956
17. Alabama: $22,083
18. Central Illinois: $22,276
19. Lansing/Grand Rapids, MI: $22,319
20. St. Louis: $22,489
21. Wyoming: $22,502
22. Oregon: $22,619
23. Nebraska: $22,815
24. Wisconsin: $23,101
25. Columbus, OH: $23,306

Are you getting married in any of these places? Have you kept your budget under the average? Tell us below, and don’t forget to share our infographic on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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  • 09/04/14 at 02:34

    Does this reflect based on income averages?

  • abby
    09/05/14 at 11:36

    These are states, not “cities”

  • 09/08/14 at 04:48

    They never said “cities,” the title clearly says “places.”

  • Elise
    09/08/14 at 06:11

    We’re getting married in Northern Michigan, which is kind of between Wisconsin & Lansing/Grand Rapids, Michigan, and we’re probably going to be right around $15k, when all is said and done, which is about $8k under the average.

  • LaraG
    09/09/14 at 08:52

    We got married in St. Louis MO last June (2013), and we were definitely under the average. We paid for and planned our own wedding over a two year engagement and ended up spending $15,000, which includes everything. This means the clothing, gifts for the wedding party and each other, flowers, venues, food, open bar, honeymoon, transportation, hotel, photography, officiant, invites and programs, cake, hair and makeup… When I say it includes everything I really mean it. My husband kept a spreadsheet of it all. And while we did a bit of DIY ( buying our own bowls and candles for centerpieces and buying programs and invites from Michaels), we had real vendors for everything else. It is definitely possible and trust me, I did not want to give up a lot and I didn’t have to.

  • Travis and Blythe
    09/09/14 at 01:30

    We’re in Columbus, Ohio and are doing our wedding and reception for $13,500
    I work at a church with a reception hall for rent and we have a lot of DIY decorations. Plus we got a restaurant who wants to break into catering to cater for cheap, provided we tell everybody about him. She’s excited about the unique, tailored-to-her wedding; he’s excited about being under budget!

  • 09/12/14 at 03:56

    USA es un lugar ideal para casarse y cualquiera sea la ciudad, es siempre un placer visitar este bello país.

  • 09/12/14 at 03:59

    Alabama es un lugar hermoso, lo recomiendo.

  • 09/16/14 at 05:11

    Glad Florida isn’t on there. This also means less money for vendors. Especially since doing Tampa Wedding Photography is under paid as it is.

  • joy
    10/11/14 at 09:57

    We paid $12k in Pennsylvania with 55 guests, using multiple vendors, but did all our own decorations and planning. Had my dream wedding without breaking the bank!

  • Melissa
    10/11/14 at 10:57

    I am doing my wedding in Delaware for 75 guests for 5,000. That’s everything in there including real vendors, invitations, honeymoon, etc. Anything over 10K for one day is way too much in my book. What I did was networked my way into deals and discounts. I did a lot of research and saved for 3 years. It’s definitely possible, I didn’t have to give up anything.

  • 10/13/14 at 12:36

    We are getting married on 10/31/14 in Indiana and our budget is $4,000.

  • Mary Betzelberger
    01/22/15 at 07:59

    Getting married in Central IL and we are keeping budget at $5000 for 75 guests…. got some great deals on photographer and venue and I know a former wedding DJ…. lots of DIY as well

  • Catie A
    01/22/15 at 09:15

    we spent $12k in Wisconsin on 5/29/11. Few years ago but still way under. We had 144 guests. Getting married on a Sunday helped a lot as well as making almost all of the decorations.

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