We bring you this news today, on National Wedding Planning Day: Houston couples are spending almost two grand more than the average American on their weddings—$35,334 compared to $33,931. This from The Knot's Real Weddings Study, the most comprehensive survey of Americans married in 2018, released this Valentine's Day (naturally).
That's enough to nab a Model 3 Tesla with some left for a romantic dinner at Georgia James. But, you know, priorities.
It also makes Houston (and surrounding East Texas) the 25th most expensive place in the country to tie the knot, the study found, though it's leagues apart from No. 1 Manhattan with a whopping $96,910 average wedding price tag. Conversely, West Texas is the eighth most affordable place to jump the broom—the average wedding out there comes in at $20,541 (though we're guessing that doesn't count Marfa).
When you crunch the numbers, Houstonians are also spending more on engagement rings ($6,024 vs. the national average of $5,680), wedding gowns ($2,071 vs. $1,631), florist/decor ($3,133 vs. $2,411), cakes ($698 vs. $528), and slightly more on venues ($15,764 vs. $15,439). And though Houstonians statistically invite 13 more guests (149 total), they spend a bit less per person ($208 vs. $258). At 12.5 months, engagements here are about a month shorter than elsewhere in the country, but most brides and grooms marry at roughly the same age (29 and 30, respectively). Finally, about three-quarters of Houston couples plan a honeymoon.
If you're in the midst of planning your own nuptials, The Knot is prepared to answer your most burning questions starting at 9 a.m. today during a 10-hour wedding "plan-a-thon" on their Facebook Live channel. Experts will take queries on how much to spend, how many people to invite, where to register, and more for a full work day and then some—all for free. When all is said and done, they hope to answer over 2,500 questions.
So, get your list ready. Or you could always just elope.