The average, eye-popping cost of an Arizona wedding
Weddings are expensive affairs in Arizona, with couples spending an average of $23,000 on the ceremony and reception in 2022, according to a newly released survey by The Knot.
- The Phoenix metro area's average was slightly higher at $24,000.
Yes, but: It could be worse. Last year's national average was $30,000. Arizona ranks in the bottom half of states.
- New Jersey ($51,000), Massachusetts ($46,000), New York ($46,000), Rhode Island ($43,000) and Vermont ($43,000) take the (wedding) cake for priciest places to tie the knot.
By the numbers: Nationally, venues were the biggest expense for most couples, costing an average of $11,200. Here was the average cost of some popular vendors:
- Photographer: $2,600
- Hair stylist: $130
- Catering: $75/person
- Florist: $2,400
- DJ: $1,500
Jessica here: I'm getting married in April and find no enjoyment in confirming that weddings are ridiculously expensive.
- When I got the quote for my flowers, I thought the company had erroneously double-charged me. It had not. 😵💫
Be smart: Look at unconventional venues like a city or state park or explore other parts of Arizona to keep costs down.
- I'm saying "I do" in Prescott, and I've found my vendors are slightly more affordable than those my friends have used in the Valley.
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