That marks an all-time high for the survey, which last year polled 13,000 couples married in the U.S. and which The Knot has conducted every year since 2008. The $35,329 price tag (which includes ring costs, but doesn't include honeymoon costs) is up 8% from the national average in 2015. To put that number in perspective, it would account for 63% of the median annual U.S. household income (which in 2015 was $55,775). Of course, wedding costs vary widely by region and location. No surprise, New York City was the most expensive place to get married in 2016, as it was in 2015, according to The Knots survey. Of the top five most expensive areas, four were in the New York City region, with Manhattan taking the top spot with average costs of $78,464. However, that is 10% lower than in 2015, meaning folks who threw budgetary caution to the wind and married in Manhattan last year may have gotten a better deal than they would have in years past. Manhattan was the only area in the top 10 most expensive places where the average cost decreased in 2016. In Chicago, the only top-five area outside of the New York region, the 2016 average wedding cost of $60,035 was a whopping 24% higher than that of 2015.
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