Skip to main content

The price of happiness: Average MN wedding costs more than $25K

If you're planning on popping the question anytime soon, better get saving.

Can you put a price on the happiest day of your life? You can, actually, and in Minnesota that cost is $27,113.

That is the average cost of a wedding in Minnesota, according to the results of a survey from The Knot, which actually means you're living in a cheaper place to get hitched, given that the national average is $35,329.

Oh, and by the way, that doesn't include the honeymoon (staycation, anyone?).

The Knot has been tracking the cost of weddings over the past 10 years and it's hit an all-time high this year. That said, it varies wildly depending on where you live, so spare a thought for the yuppies of Manhattan who will be hit with a $78,464 average bill.

What makes the rising cost more interesting is that it has gone up despite the average number of wedding guests decreasing, down to 141 per wedding compared to 149 in 2009, meaning the average cost per guest over the past seven years has risen by $51.

Other publications have released their own findings for the average cost of weddings in Minnesota but they all tend to come out around $20,000-$30,000.

What are couples spending more on?

If you've been to a wedding in recent years, there's a good chance it had at least one of the following: photo booths, lawn games, fireworks, or live music.

That's because plying your guests with alcohol, having speeches and putting some music on is no longer enough for weddings, the new trend is to provide some additional entertainment, with 41 percent of weddings now featuring "custom guest entertainment" compared to 11 percent in 2009.

What to expect next? The Knot says that cigar rolling stations, wine and liquor tastings and dance performances are on the rise, and starting to trend are acrobats, live painters and gospel choirs.

Parents are still paying bulk of the costs

The tradition of the bride's parents paying the bulk of the wedding costs continues to ring true in the modern era, with The Knot finding that they cover 44 percent of the wedding budget on average, with the bridge and groom contributing 42 percent.

Good news for all of those with sons, groom's parents generally contribute 13 percent, with the remaining 2 percent coming from other sources.

Other than the venue, the most expensive cost on the day is if you hire a wedding band, which costs upward of $4,000, with photographers also expected to cost you a pretty penny as well.

Next Up

Mikko Koivu

Wild to retire Mikko Koivu's No. 9 jersey

Koivu will be the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

Boebert-Omar - Flickr Gage Skidmore

Rep. Boebert refuses to apologize for Islamophobic comment toward Rep. Omar

A phone call Monday between the two lawmakers ended abruptly.

Patrick Peterson

Vikings place Patrick Peterson on COVID-19/reserve list

The Vikings cornerback said he was vaccinated in August.

flickr - thin ice warning - USFWS Midwest

'Numerous' reports of eager anglers falling through ice

Conditions are still unpredictable, and can vary even across a single body of water.


Minnesota health officials watching closely for omicron variant

Health leaders do not yet know how transmissible or severe the new variant is.

school bus stop pixabay

School bus driver charged in fatal hit-and-run will plead guilty

Another motorist told the driver to call 911, but he instead got on the bus and drove off, charges say.

Franconia Sculpture Park - Lorie Shaull - Flickr

5 outdoor destinations to explore around the Twin Cities

There's something for everyone on this list of overlooked spots.

Child mental health counseling

As pandemic continues, so do efforts to improve child mental health access

Children's Minnesota has announced it will open its first inpatient mental health facility for under 18s.

Dalvin Cook

Mixed reports on Dalvin Cook's injury status

The Vikings running back could miss two games...or he could play Sunday.

Tanner Morgan

Tanner Morgan returning to Gophers for 6th season

Two Gopher QBs have already entered the transfer portal.

Allina Health Richfield - 407 W 66th St, Richfield, Minnesota - June 2019 - CROP

Charges: Clinic locked down after man tried to enter, threatened passersby

Staff at the clinic suspected he was intoxicated, according to the complaint.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, November 29

The state's latest report includes data from the Thanksgiving break.


The Tip Jar: How to stop yourself spending $27K on your wedding

Seeing the average cost of a wedding is arguably more of a disincentive to get married than a crippling fear of commitment.

That child you're about to have is going to cost you more than $200K

Housing, feeding, educating and clothing a baby costs a whole heap of cash.

The average cost of health insurance will drop next year, on one condition

166,000 Minnesotans learn how their individual health plan costs could change next year.

The average American credit card holder has a lot of debt

Nerdwallet says the cost of living has grown by 30 percent since 2003.

The Tip Jar: Is staying with Airbnb a better deal than a hotel?

It certainly looks that way in the Twin Cities...

The Tip Jar: The best cash back credit cards out there

If you're spending, you might as well get something back for it.

Gas in MN costs significantly more than it did last week (and last year)

AAA says Minnesota's gas prices are up about 7 cents in a week, and 27 cents in a month.