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Best cities to get married in America

  • Best cities to get married in America
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    Best cities to get married in America

    Marriage is a major commitment that requires unconditional love, understanding, and an aptitude for listening. Perhaps most intimidating of all, it means an eternal back and forth of “I don’t know, what do you want for dinner?” But before one ever reaches the landscape of marital dinner decisions, there’s the question of a wedding. There are a million choices to make: the dress, the color scheme, the menu, and whether or not to invite that one problematic relative. And then, of course, there’s the question of location.

    Some couples choose a destination wedding, and for others, staying local and close to family is the priority. Either way, the setting is crucial. It impacts weather—get ready to be flexible, venue options—like these stunners, for instance, and food options—if you’re catering to southerners, do not mess up the potato salad.

    Stacker wants every wedding to be a cloud nine dream day, and has pored over data comparing 182 American cities to find the cheapest, most convenient, high-quality wedding destinations in the country. That data comes from WalletHub, and is based off of three overall criteria (cost, facilities, and local activities or attractions) determined by 23 metrics (venue cost, available entertainment, etc). Come say “I do” to Stacker’s list of the best places to get married in America.

    ALSO: Popular wedding trends of 2018 

  • #50. Indianapolis, IN
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    #50. Indianapolis, IN

    Total score: 46.13
    Costs rank: 63
    Facilities and services rank: 55
    Activities and attractions rank: 52

  • #49. Tempe, AZ
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    #49. Tempe, AZ

    Total score: 46.17
    Costs rank: 61
    Facilities and services rank: 69
    Activities and attractions rank: 42

  • #48. Louisville, KY
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    #48. Louisville, KY

    Total score: 46.23
    Costs rank: 39
    Facilities and services rank: 72
    Activities and attractions rank: 54

  • #47. Birmingham, AL
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    #47. Birmingham, AL

    Total score: 46.68
    Costs rank: 26
    Facilities and services rank: 48
    Activities and attractions rank: 79

  • #46. Tulsa, OK
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    #46. Tulsa, OK

    Total score: 46.71
    Costs rank: 20
    Facilities and services rank: 96
    Activities and attractions rank: 59

  • #45. Reno, NV
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    #45. Reno, NV

    Total score: 46.79
    Costs rank: 103
    Facilities and services rank: 42
    Activities and attractions rank: 34

  • #44. Kansas City, MO
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    #44. Kansas City, MO

    Total score: 46.9
    Costs rank: 57
    Facilities and services rank: 68
    Activities and attractions rank: 37

  • #43. Greensboro, NC
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    #43. Greensboro, NC

    Total score: 46.93
    Costs rank: 2
    Facilities and services rank: 95
    Activities and attractions rank: 103

  • #42. Charlotte, NC
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    #42. Charlotte, NC

    Total score: 47.93
    Costs rank: 54
    Facilities and services rank: 44
    Activities and attractions rank: 50

  • #41. Columbus, OH
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    #41. Columbus, OH

    Total score: 47.95
    Costs rank: 43
    Facilities and services rank: 62
    Activities and attractions rank: 41

  • #40. Richmond, VA
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    #40. Richmond, VA

    Total score: 48.41
    Costs rank: 89
    Facilities and services rank: 32
    Activities and attractions rank: 45

  • #39. Minneapolis, MN
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    #39. Minneapolis, MN

    Total score: 48.44
    Costs rank: 97
    Facilities and services rank: 38
    Activities and attractions rank: 33

  • #38. Charleston, SC
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    #38. Charleston, SC

    Total score: 48.91
    Costs rank: 117
    Facilities and services rank: 30
    Activities and attractions rank: 28

  • #37. Columbia, SC
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    #37. Columbia, SC

    Total score: 49.74
    Costs rank: 22
    Facilities and services rank: 50
    Activities and attractions rank: 62

  • #36. Oklahoma City, OK
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    #36. Oklahoma City, OK

    Total score: 50.09
    Costs rank: 23
    Facilities and services rank: 64
    Activities and attractions rank: 40

  • #35. Pittsburgh, PA
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    #35. Pittsburgh, PA

    Total score: 50.15
    Costs rank: 94
    Facilities and services rank: 25
    Activities and attractions rank: 36

  • #34. Nashville, TN
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    #34. Nashville, TN

    Total score: 50.18
    Costs rank: 44
    Facilities and services rank: 40
    Activities and attractions rank: 39

  • #33. Philadelphia, PA
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    #33. Philadelphia, PA

    Total score: 50.43
    Costs rank: 142
    Facilities and services rank: 37
    Activities and attractions rank: 8

  • #32. Honolulu, HI
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    #32. Honolulu, HI

    Total score: 50.64
    Costs rank: 164
    Facilities and services rank: 15
    Activities and attractions rank: 14

  • #31. Boise City, ID
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    #31. Boise City, ID

    Total score: 50.73
    Costs rank: 7
    Facilities and services rank: 84
    Activities and attractions rank: 48

  • #30. Washington, D.C.
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    #30. Washington, D.C.

    Total score: 50.91
    Costs' rank: 151
    Facilities and services rank: 19
    Activities and attractions rank: 13

  • #29. El Paso, TX
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    #29. El Paso, TX

    Total score: 51.53
    Costs' rank: 1
    Facilities and services rank: 126
    Activities and attractions rank: 60

  • #28. Fort Lauderdale, FL
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    #28. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Total score: 51.62
    Costs rank: 77
    Facilities and services rank: 27
    Activities and attractions rank: 32

  • #27. Phoenix, AZ
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    #27. Phoenix, AZ

    Total score: 51.87
    Costs rank: 71
    Facilities and services rank: 53
    Activities and attractions rank: 18

  • #26. San Antonio, TX
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    #26. San Antonio, TX

    Total score: 53.3
    Costs rank: 60
    Facilities and services rank: 31
    Activities and attractions rank: 26

  • #25. Salt Lake City, UT
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    #25. Salt Lake City, UT

    Total score: 53.33
    Costs rank: 85
    Facilities and services rank: 18
    Activities and attractions rank: 35

  • #24. Scottsdale, AZ
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    #24. Scottsdale, AZ

    Total score: 53.37
    Costs rank: 83
    Facilities and services rank: 28
    Activities and attractions rank: 22

  • #23. Knoxville, TN
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    #23. Knoxville, TN

    Total score: 53.74
    Costs rank: 3
    Facilities and services rank: 57
    Activities and attractions rank: 56

  • #22. Dallas, TX
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    #22. Dallas, TX

    Total score: 53.81
    Costs rank: 70
    Facilities and services rank: 23
    Activities and attractions rank: 29

  • #21. Albuquerque, NM
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    #21. Albuquerque, NM

    Total score: 53.87
    Costs rank: 8
    Facilities and services rank: 77
    Activities and attractions rank: 25

  • #20. Sacramento, CA
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    #20. Sacramento, CA

    Total score: 54.2
    Costs rank: 130
    Facilities and services rank: 14
    Activities and attractions rank: 20

  • #19. Cincinnati, OH
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    #19. Cincinnati, OH

    Total score: 54.43
    Costs rank: 45
    Facilities and services rank: 24
    Activities and attractions rank: 31

  • #18. New Orleans, LA
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    #18. New Orleans, LA

    Total score: 55.63
    Costs rank: 74
    Facilities and services rank: 29
    Activities and attractions rank: 16

  • #17. Denver, CO
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    #17. Denver, CO

    Total score: 55.7
    Costs rank: 105
    Facilities and services rank: 13
    Activities and attractions rank: 23

  • #16. St. Louis, MO
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    #16. St. Louis, MO

    Total score: 56.72
    Costs rank: 65
    Facilities and services rank: 16
    Activities and attractions rank: 27

  • #15. Houston, TX
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    #15. Houston, TX

    Total score: 56.86
    Costs rank: 81
    Facilities and services rank: 17
    Activities and attractions rank: 21

  • #14. Tucson, AZ
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    #14. Tucson, AZ

    Total score: 57.5
    Costs rank: 14
    Facilities and services rank: 60
    Activities and attractions rank: 12

  • #13. Tampa, FL
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    #13. Tampa, FL

    Total score: 57.59
    Costs rank: 72
    Facilities and services rank: 21
    Activities and attractions rank: 17

  • #12. Seattle, WA
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    #12. Seattle, WA

    Total score: 57.63
    Costs rank: 134
    Facilities and services rank: 10
    Activities and attractions rank: 10

  • #11. Austin, TX
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    #11. Austin, TX

    Total score: 59.29
    Costs rank: 79
    Facilities and services rank: 11
    Activities and attractions rank: 19

  • #10. Portland, OR
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    #10. Portland, OR

    Total score: 59.69
    Costs rank: 99
    Facilities and services rank: 12
    Activities and attractions rank: 9

  • #9. New York, NY
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    #9. New York, NY

    Total score: 60.73
    Costs rank: 169
    Facilities and services rank: 7
    Activities and attractions rank: 2

  • #8. Chicago, IL
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    #8. Chicago, IL

    Total score: 61.05
    Costs rank: 129
    Facilities and services rank: 9
    Activities and attractions rank: 7

  • #7. San Francisco, CA
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    #7. San Francisco, CA

    Total score: 63.2
    Costs rank: 171
    Facilities and services rank: 1
    Activities and attractions rank: 4

  • #6. San Diego, CA
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    #6. San Diego, CA

    Total score: 63.52
    Costs rank: 128
    Facilities and services rank: 8
    Activities and attractions rank: 6

  • #5. Miami, FL
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    #5. Miami, FL

    Total score: 64.73
    Costs rank: 110
    Facilities and services rank: 3
    Activities and attractions rank: 15

  • #4. Los Angeles, CA
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    #4. Los Angeles, CA

    Total score: 67.95
    Costs rank: 147
    Facilities and services rank: 4
    Activities and attractions rank: 1

  • #3. Atlanta, GA
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    #3. Atlanta, GA

    Total score: 68.38
    Costs rank: 56
    Facilities and services rank: 6
    Activities and attractions rank: 11

  • #2. Las Vegas, NV
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    #2. Las Vegas, NV

    Total score: 72.44
    Costs rank: 68
    Facilities and services rank: 5
    Activities and attractions rank: 3

  • #1. Orlando, FL
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    #1. Orlando, FL

    Total score: 75.67
    Costs rank: 37
    Facilities and services rank: 2
    Activities and attractions rank: 5

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