• February 06, 2017
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A survey of last year’s newlyweds may prompt some breakups all across America.

Thinking of getting married? Move to Arkansas.

That’s where this increasingly expensive proposition is usually cheapest, according to a survey of 13,000 American brides and grooms who got hitched last year.

But being cheapest doesn’t mean inexpensive—Arkansas weddings ring in at an average of $19,522, says the annual poll by wedding marketplace The Knot. Meanwhile, the average cost nationally is now $35,329, the highest since The Knot first began collecting data in 2007. Manhattan is the most expensive place to get married in the U.S., with a massive $78,464 average spend.

These numbers roughly mirror regional earnings. In 2015, the annual mean wage in Arkansas was $38,540, compared with $57,030 in New York state, and an average of $144,716 in Manhattan at the start of last year.

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