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Survey: Most expensive weddings not far from Greater Lehigh Valley

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, TheKnot.com released the results of The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study.

The 11th annual report surveyed nearly 13,000 U.S. brides and grooms married in 2017 to uncover the financial spending habits and trends of real weddings in America.

The survey found that in 2017, the average cost of a wedding was $33,391.

The Greater Lehigh Valley dodges a pricey bullet in the survey. Crossing over the border into northern New Jersey, weddings get much more expensive.

In fact, the survey showed north/central New Jersey had the second highest average wedding costs at $62,074. Only Manhattan beat it with an average cost of $76,944.

There was no average cost listed for the Greater Lehigh Valley. In Philadelphia, weddings cost an average of $46,211.

The survey showed that couples-to-be in this region have more time to save. Knot.com said couples from central Pennsylvania and the Greater Lehigh Valley/Poconos regions have the longest engagements at 17.85 and 17 months, respectively.

By contrast, the shortest engagements are by couples in Utah and Dallas/North Texas. The survey showed they walk down the aisle after being engaged for an average of 9.24 and 10.46 months, respectively.

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Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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