NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is the hottest city in the country for beach weddings, with a record high of 6.5 million weddings, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation said Monday.
The department said it would publish the number of weddings in New York by the end of the year.
The city is the nation’s third-largest wedding destination with more than 1.3 million weddings in 2017, with the majority occurring in Manhattan.
The number of beach weddings in Brooklyn and Queens has been flat for years, but are expected to rise again in 2018.
New York is also a top destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties.
The New York Times recently reported that couples have made more than $1 billion in New Year’s Eve gifts since 2020.
The new figures show that New York city has one of the nation-leading wedding budgets.
The average wedding cost in 2017 was $6,921, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
New Yorkers also spend more than a half-billion dollars on entertainment and dining, with more trips booked than any other city in America.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its estimates for the average wedding budget in 2021.
It was up 4.6 percent from 2016.
The bureau said the average cost of a wedding in New Orleans and Atlanta was $3,300, while the average in New Jersey was $2,800.
For wedding planners, the big takeaway is that weddings have become a way to pay off student loans, but the cost of attending a wedding is still an expensive affair, said Emily Kogan, director of weddings at the Institute of Wedding and Dining Culture.
“We’re looking at a wedding budget that’s $2.7 million.
That’s a big chunk of change,” Kogan said.
“And the reason for that is that it’s still an outlier when it comes to where weddings are taking place.
It’s a huge number, but it’s also a small number compared to what other major cities are paying for their weddings.”
Kogan pointed to the fact that weddings are also taking place in places like San Francisco and Chicago, where the average is less than $800.
But weddings in other cities like Washington, D.C., are also more affordable than they were a few years ago.
“In other cities, weddings are happening at a lower price point and it’s not uncommon for a wedding to be $2 or $3 million,” she said.