If you're trying to do a wedding on a budget, good luck— because the average cost of a wedding is truly out of control. The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study looked at 13,000 brides and grooms in the U.S. to figure out what they were spending money on and, more importantly, how much they were spending. The results shocked me.
The average cost of a wedding is up to... wait for it... $35,329. I mean, I can't even. I always thought it was somewhere around the 20 grand mark— and thought that sounded mad. I mean, if you've got a lot of extra money and want to spend it on a wedding, good for you, but I can't help but think that a lot of people are stretching to pay for a lavish wedding. And it's so much to pay.
Even more surprising to me was that, according to the survey, the average number of guests had actually dropped, so we're actually paying significantly more per person. Not that the weddings are small, we're talking an average guest list of 141 people. Which makes me and any other cripplingly insecure people wonder — do I even know 141 people?
If you're freaking out right now, the good news is the cost of a wedding isn't as high everywhere. In fact, there was a lot of variation from state to state. But if you want to see where people are really shelling out for the most expensive damn mason jars you've ever seen, here's where the most costly weddings went down: