In Pa., the Average Wedding Costs More than 6 Months' Salary

Planning a wedding? If you want to keep up with the Joneses, be prepared to shell out more than half of what you make a year.

Planning a wedding? If you want to keep up with the Joneses, be prepared to shell out more than half of what you make a year.

The average wedding in Pennsylvania now costs close to $27,000. And the average household income in Pennsylvania in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available, was $51,230, the Census Bureau says.

Pennsylvanians are spending not just a lot on weddings, but a huge percentage of their annual salaries.

Pennsylvania isn't alone in this. Other states where a wedding is more than half an annual salary, according to the Huffington Post, are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island.

The average wedding cost nationwide in 2013 was $29,858, so Pennsylvania brides are restraining themselves somewhat.

The most expensive states to hold a wedding are Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, HuffPo says, with the average wedding well over $30,000.

Would you spend six months' salary on a wedding?
Country1st May 05, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Who cares?
Frank Powell May 05, 2014 at 10:24 AM
I believe that the figures for the average Pa. income and wedding costs are incorrect and very inflated . I will however add that a wedding in Ohio costs half of a Pa. wedding.
Zach Velivis May 05, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I'm getting married in September. Our total cost will be around $25k
Divorce Information NOW May 05, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Check out Divorce Information NOW Patch postings about who owns the engagement ring. You should know the answer because each state has a different law about engagement ring ownership and the rules are different for before and after the marriage.
Barbara Scherer May 11, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Since we had a daughter, I started saving for a wedding when she was about 14. Every time I got a raise, I put that money aside. Over the years the pot grew. When she was married at age 25, I told her what was in the pot. She could use all of it, or some of it, with the remaining amount to be given to her in cash. Or, she could have had a very small wedding and had more cash...............her choice. She was also responsible for paying for the photographer. If she was over budget, she would have to pay the balance. She did quite a job of managing that money and had a reception for 225 people. She also ended up with $1,000 extra in the pot. If we had less money, she would have had to limit the invitation list further or make other cuts. Other girls at that time were spending twice as much. Couples today think they have to have a luxurious wedding............but it is not necessary. After all, it is one day in the rest of their lives. Having some extra money could be put towards a first home purchase, education, paying down debts, or building a cushion in case of an emergency. Parents who are willing to put out thousands and thousands of dollars to make a big show are not teaching their children the value of a dollar. Kids who make huge debts for the sake of one day are putting themselves in a bind from day one. I also plan to give my engagement ring to my granddaughter so that she can use it for her own engagement ring. That way, in the case of a divorce, the ring is still hers without a hastle and the groom isn't in hock to pay for a ring he no longer has. My husband and I married on a shoestring without a car or even furniture, but we worked together to build what we have today. If you don't have the money, you don't spend it!


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