The Best (And Worst) Places To Get Married In 2018

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The Best (And Worst) Places To Get Married In 2018

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Getting married is an amazing milestone for any couple. However, planning a wedding can be very stressful for everyone involved. Many factors go into planning a wedding and one of the toughest things to do is to figure out where to actually have the ceremony. By the beach? In a beautiful garden? The possibilities are endless — not to mention overwhelming!

Fortunately, WalletHub has got your back if you’re a soon-to-be-married couple. They’ve compiled a list of the best places to get married this year, as well as the worst. 

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Analysts at WalletHub compared more than 180 cities in the United States to conduct their findings. Their goal was to find not only the most wallet-friendly but also suitable destinations that would make the day one that couples will never forget. Each city was examined according to some of the most important factors in deciding on wedding locations, including the range of wedding venues by cost, hotel availability, event spaces per capita, and overall wedding-friendliness.

So for your wedding planning convenience, here is a list of the top 10 best places to get married in 2018 — and the 10 locations you should steer clear of.

Best Places To Get Married

1. Orlando, Florida

Orlando isn't just home to Disney World. It also happens to take the top honors in places to get married this year. Out of all the cities analyzed, Orlando received the highest scores across the board in all categories of cost, services, and activities for best places to get married.

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

It's time to stop believing all those clichés about getting married in Vegas. Sin City came in just under Orlando for the best places to have a wedding. 

3. Atlanta, Georgia

You can't go wrong with a ceremony in the beautiful capital of the Peach State.

4. Los Angeles, California

With its gorgeous weather, multiple venues to choose from, and nice hotels, it's no surprise that L.A. snagged the fourth spot.

5. Miami, Florida

Another popular city in Florida makes the best list. Miami is in such a high spot on the list due to its excellent ranking of wedding venues as well as other wedding related services, such as photographers, entertainment for the wedding, hair and makeup, and wedding shops. Basically, Miami has everything you could possibly want to have the perfect ceremony.

6. San Diego, California

There are few things more breathtaking than a beach wedding and San Diego's got plenty of them to choose from, making it a very popular choice for venues. However, all that beauty doesn't come without a considerable price tag, which is why San Diego is bumped down a few places on the list.

7. San Francisco, California

The third California city to make the list has some of the best wedding venues in the country. San Francisco also ranks first in the services category, making it the best city to achieve a dream wedding — as long as you're willing to pay for it. Like San Diego, this California city doesn't come too cheap. 

8. Chicago, Illinois

It's not hard to imagine how a city like Chicago made the top ten list. It has plenty of amazing services and venues to make the day one that no one will ever forget.

9. New York, New York

Unsurprisingly, the Empire State made the best list. It's not hard to figure out that New York has some of the most incredible wedding options in the country, if not the world. But the value of a New York wedding doesn't come cheap, dropping it to number nine.

10. Portland, Oregon

Portland rounds out the best list. The city has a lot of unique outdoor choices to hold a ceremony but doesn't offer quite as many services for planning the wedding as the other places on this list.

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Worst Places To Get Married

173. Moreno Valley, California

This city lacks many of the attractions and services that other California cities offer for a wedding. 

174. Manchester, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire city didn't fare well in any category across the board.

175. Nashua, New Hampshire

Nashua's extremely poor ratings for services and facilities and attractions and activities lands it low on the list of places to get married in 2018.

176. Pearl City, Hawaii

Although a Hawaiian wedding may sound lovely, it doesn't come without plenty of complications for planning a wedding. This city has one of the worst ratings for affordability on the entire list coupled with a very low entertainment rating.

177. New Haven, Connecticut

A wedding in this city will be pretty, but far from cost-effective — which makes it one of the worst cities to get married in.

178. Juneau, Alaska

An Alaskan ceremony may sound interesting, but it's far from attainable. Alaska's remote capital city ranked poorly in all categories.

179. Worcester, Massachusetts

How should one go about planning a Worcester wedding? With its very limited activities and attractions, it's practically impossible to do. Engaged couples might want to seriously reconsider this place.

180. South Burlington, Vermont

You'll have a hard time keeping your wedding guests entertained — and fed — in this city, which is probably why it's one of the least popular choices for a 2018 wedding.

181. Warwick, Rhode Island

You might want to rethink exchanging vows here. With a hefty price tag and few attractions, Warwick is the second to worst place to have a wedding this year.

182. Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport is the worst place to get married in 2018. It isn't an attainable option in any category. So if by any chance you've ever dreamed of having a wedding in Bridgeport, you really want to just keep it in your dreams.

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Sloane Solomon is a professional writer and editor. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors in English Writing. When she's not writing or editing, you can find her daydreaming in French about coffee, online shopping, travel, and baby animals.