As Valentine’s Day approaches, many love-struck folks are preparing to pop the question (in hopes of a happily-ever-after response) and start planning the perfect wedding. And, as it turns out, Austin is a top city to tie the knot.
Financial website WalletHub has released 2019’s Best Places to Get Married, and Austin ranks a blissful No. 10 overall across 182 U.S. cities, and the No. 1 spot in Texas.
Recognizing that nuptials are a costly and time-consuming affair — the average couple shells out $33,000 for their big day — WalletHub examined each city’s key indicators of wedding-friendliness. The study breaks down three key dimensions: costs, facilities and services, and activities and attractions and analyzes everything from average wedding cost to venues and event spaces per capita to hotel availability.
Austin scores best in the ranking on facilities and services, coming in at No. 9 in that category (no surprise given our myriad of music venues and cool spaces). Weddings in the Capital City have big budgets, however, as Austin ranks 69th overall in costs. And the city also fared well in "activities and attractions," ranking 19th overall.
Elsewhere in Texas, Houston lands at No. 13. Dallas ranks No. 20 with San Antonio is not far behind at No. 22, and El Paso coming in at No. 23. Further down the list is Fort Worth at No. 56.
The best place in America to get married, according to WalletHub, is Orlando, Florida, (perhaps thanks to a certain Magic Kingdom). Happy couples looking to get hitched would do well to avoid Pearl City, Hawaii, which — trouble in paradise here? — somehow ranks last on the list.