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Survey says couples spent big on weddings in 2012

Posted by Angel Babbitt Harris  March 14, 2013 11:17 AM

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I have a feeling today's post will make a few of you cringe, but before you sound off with all the lovely comments that always make me feel so warm and fuzzy (not!), take a gander at where Boston ranks in this spending spree.

Recently, wedding website released results from a survey of over 17,000 couples who spent an average of $28,427 on wedding expenses in 2012, the highest cost since 2008.

Bostonians ranked high on the big spenders list with an average wedding budget of $39,239, just a few notches shy of Manhattan where couples spent a hefty price tag of $76,687. If you are looking to bump elbows with the frugal crowd, grab your winter fur and head out to Alaska where the average wedding cost $15,504 last year.

Why so expensive, you ask?'s site director, Anja Winikka, attributes these high costs to a trend in 2012 tokened as "the year of the guest." Newlyweds dished out more money to add extras such as photo booths, transportation, unique venues, morning-after brunches, and elaborate reception menus to wow guests.

Another budget buster? The stateside destination wedding. In 2012, more couples foot the bill to plan three-day weekend events. Out-of-town guests not only flew in to witness the nuptials, but were also treated to a full schedule of activities leading up to the "I dos."

Boston, what do you think of these stats?

Did you attend one of these pricey weddings in 2012? Or, are you one of the newlyweds who spent big in 2012?

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Angel Babbitt Harris, formerly of the Expertly Engaged blog, is now "Newly Wed" and learning how to navigate life as a happy wife. Angel lives for weekend getaways to Brooklyn with her husband and anything currently playing on Netflix. She works as a Marketing Manager for a non-profit organization in Boston. Need newlywed advice? Have newlywed advice to give? Reach Angel directly at or tweet her at @MrsHarrisTweets.

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