Move over Dillon, Fayetteville has stepped up as one of the top 20 cities in the United States to get married!
Our friends over at WalletHub.com are at it again, ranking 182 U.S. cities in a variety of factors, to determine the best place for your nuptials.
“In order to assist with the planning process, we compared more than 180 U.S. cities to find the cheapest and most convenient wedding destinations that also promise a memorable day,” WalletHub said. “We examined each city across 28 key indicators of wedding-friendliness, ranging from average wedding cost to venues and event spaces per capita to hotel availability.”
Fayetteville landed at No. 17 overall. The biggest boost Fayetteville got: Low costs! Ranking No. 6 overall, Fayetteville is one of the most affordable cities in the country to get married. Costs were weighted on four factors: Average wedding cost; Price of a three-star hotel room; Restaurant meal costs; and Prevalence of affordable wedding logistics.
Bahira Sherif Trask, a Ph.D. educator at the University of Delaware, said there are a few factors couples should consider when setting a budget for their wedding.
“What percentage of their resources do they want to invest in what is essentially a big party? If they have a lot of resources – go for it,” Sherif Trask said. “However, if they are like most of us on a budget, I would debate what the long-term plans are – a down payment for a house? Trips? Student loans etc. Also, for younger couples, if the parents are paying – do not put an undue burden on them if they have limited resources. One of the very nicest weddings I ever went to was at the couple’s house.”
Fayetteville came in quite low in Facilities & Services (132 overall) and Activities & Attractions (133 overall).
Other North Carolina cities joining Fayetteville in the rankings for best cities to get married were:
- Raleigh – 31
- Charlotte – 37
- Greensboro – 40
- Winston-Salem – 90
- Durham – 94
Digging in to the details, Fayetteville ranked No. 172 in the country in Fewest Event Planners per Capita.
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