Where to tie the knot
Once the engagement is in the books, the search for the perfect wedding location begins. Local couples are in luck as Austin once again ranks among America's best places to tie the knot.
To help engaged couples everywhere find the best bang for their buck for their upcoming nuptials, personal finance website WalletHub has revealed the best places to get married in 2018. Austin appears near the top of the list, at No. 11, up from the No. 18 spot in 2017.
WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities to find "the cheapest and most convenient wedding destinations that also promise a memorable day." Analysts examined each city across 23 indicators of wedding friendliness, from average wedding cost to chapels and churches per capita.
Perhaps surprisingly, Austin boasts a lower-than-average wedding cost. While the average betrothed duo in the U.S. spends $35,000 on their wedding, the average Austin wedding costs only $28,971, according to WalletHub.
In addition to significant savings, the Capital City earns high marks for its high number of event planners per capita (No. 13), venues and event spaces per capita (No. 13), bridal shops per capita (No. 16), number of attractions (No. 16), and videographers and photographers per capita (No. 16).
Austin doesn't rank as well for wedding chapels and churches per capita (No. 69), restaurant meal cost (No. 69), or the price of a three-star hotel (No. 88) — an important factor for out-of-town guests.
Other top Texas cities for weddings include Houston (No. 15), Dallas (No. 22), and San Antonio (No. 26). Those looking to tie the knot outside the Lone Star State should consider WalletHub's top five picks: Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas; Atlanta; Los Angeles; and Miami.