Heads up if you dream of getting hitched on the Cape: According to a newly released annual study from wedding brand The Knot, Cape Cod is now the sixth priciest place to get married in the country.
The average price of a wedding on the Cape in 2015 was $54,334, approximately $22,000 higher than the national average in the same year. Boston ranked far lower, at number 20, with an average 2015 cost of $37,799. (Manhattan came in highest at $82,299, while Alaska was rated most affordable, at $17,361.)
According to a press release about the study, its data is based on a survey of approximately 18,000 American brides and grooms married in 2015.
What exactly makes a wedding so expensive? According to the study, a number of factors contribute to overall price tag. Venue prices nailed newlyweds the most; the average cost of a venue in 2015 accounted for nearly half of the overall cost of the wedding. Other budget killers include the reception band, the florist/décor, and the engagement ring—your average American fiancée gets a rock worth $5,871.
Considering the cost of living down the Cape, it’s no surprise that these expenses are higher than usual in that part of Massachusetts.