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Manhattan is the most expensive place in the country to get married

By Clayton Guse
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For many New Yorkers, the prospect of marriage seems as alien as eating a slice of pizza with a fork and knife. After all, dating in this city is no small task. 

If you do decide to take a leap and wed your dearly beloved, you'd be smart to avoid hosting your wedding in the tristate area

A study from The Knot revealed that Manhattan is the most expensive place to get married in the entire country, with weddings costing $78,464 on average. If you're looking to cut costs by holding your love-filled ceremony in a suburb or another borough, it's only marginally less expensive. The study found that Long Island is the second most expensive place to get hitched, with weddings there costing an average of $67,831.

North and Central New Jersey was the third most expensive locale, and New York City's outer boroughs ranked fifth on the list. It might seem extreme to blow such a large sum of cash on a wedding, but nothing says "I do" like unabashed capitalism. 

If you really want to save money on your ceremony and reception, consider holding it in Arkansas. The average cost of a wedding in the state that's home to Wal-Mart is a mere $19,522, according to the study. 

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