The average Arizona wedding costs $23,000

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Weddings are expensive affairs in Arizona, with couples spending an average of $23,000 on the ceremony and reception in 2022, according to a newly released survey by The Knot.

Yes, but: It could be worse. Last year’s national average was $30,000. Arizona ranks in the bottom half of states.

  • New Jersey ($51,000), Massachusetts ($46,000), New York ($46,000), Rhode Island ($43,000) and Vermont ($43,000) take the (wedding) cake for priciest places to tie the knot.

By the numbers: Nationally, venues were the biggest expense for most couples, costing an average of $11,200. Here was the average cost of some popular vendors:

  • Photographer: $2,600
  • Hair stylist: $130
  • Catering: $75/person
  • Florist: $2,400
  • DJ: $1,500

Jessica here: I’m getting married in April and find no enjoyment in confirming that weddings are ridiculously expensive.

  • When I got the quote for my flowers, I thought the company had erroneously double-charged me. It had not. 😵‍💫

Be smart: Look at unconventional venues like a city or state park or explore other parts of Arizona to keep costs down.

  • I’m saying “I do” in Prescott, and I’ve found my vendors are slightly more affordable than those my friends have used in the Valley.


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