Thats a national average,witha lot of variation acrossthe country. According to the Knots study of 13,000 heterosexual couples who married in the United States last year, the most expensive place to get hitchedis Manhattan, with the average wedding there costing $78,464; and the most affordable spot is Arkansas, at an average of $19,522. The survey found that, on average, abrides parents cover 44 percent of the overall wedding budget; the couple contribute 42 percent; andagrooms parentspay for 13 percent. However, 10 percent of couples pay for their weddings entirely on their own. Last year on Solo-ish, we brainstormed five things you could get for about the same price as a wedding: a boat, a trip around the world, two years of graduate school tuition, one year of college for 10 women in Africa or 82,000 meals for people in the Washington area.Were keeping that tradition alive with six new ideas of how to spend $35,000 if you were to forgo a wedding altogether. 1) Food truck: $34,000 This food truck is for sale for $34,000 on Washington area Craigslist. (Craiglist) Some couples rent food trucks as a low-cost catering option at their weddings . However, an entrepreneurial couple could buy their own food truck for the price of a wedding. This Craigslist posting in the D.C.
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