How Austin stacks up to America's top spots to tie the knot
Choosing where to get married can be stressful for many couples, especially when you have family and friends scattered all over the country. To help you decide where to tie the knot, here's how Austin compares to the rest of the country when it comes to wedding friendliness.
A recent report from WalletHub compared 150 of the country’s largest cities to find "the cheapest and most convenient wedding destinations that also promise a memorable occasion." To determine 2016’s best and worst cities to get married, the financial website looked at three main factors: wedding cost, wedding facilities and services, and activities and attractions.
With an overall rank of No. 31, Austin sits comfortably among the best cities in the country for getting married. While it's not our most impressive showing, we did end up with high marks in several categories.
Austin places at No. 2 for high number of event planners. It seems having a supply of wedding industry professionals dictates the nuptial friendliness of a city, as we are also in the top 10 for number of videographers and photographers and number of musicians and DJs. Other notable high marks are for number of makeup artists and hair salons, number of attractions, popularity as a travel destination, and being a “foodie city.”
But, as you may have predicted, weddings in Austin come at a high price. The average Austin wedding costs $29,796, while the national average is $26,444.
Want to get hitched elsewhere? The top five cities for saying “I do” are Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas; Atlanta; Tampa, Florida; and Springfield, Missouri. The bottom five include Anchorage, Alaska; Newark, New Jersey; and Moreno Valley, California in last place.