SOURCE: RealtyTrac


May 19, 2015 17:36 ET

Say "Yes" to a Wedding or Invest in Your Nest

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - May 19, 2015) - RealtyTrac® (, the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released an analysis of down payments vs. the cost of a wedding, which shows that in the most expensive metros to get married, it is cheaper to put a down payment on a house. After the proposal as the wedding planning begins the couple starts to wonder if the heavy wedding price tag would be better spent on a down payment for a house. According to a survey from the Knot, the average price of a wedding in the most expensive metros in 2014 was $71,974.

RealtyTrac analyzed the data behind the cost of a down payment on a home to see how it matched up to having a wedding in the same area. Looking at the Knot's survey on the "Most Expensive Places to Get Married," it's no surprise that down payments (3, 5 and 10%) on average sales prices in those areas are a great way to scale if a wedding or a down payment is more affordable. If you consider a 5 percent down payment the San Francisco area is the only area in the country where it makes more sense to have a wedding rather than put a down payment on a house. On the other hand most first time homebuyers will likely use a 3 percent down payment so topping the list with the highest wedding costs are two New York cities: Manhattan ($76,328) where with only a 3 percent down payment of $36,535 you can buy a home and Long Island ($55,327) where with a 3 percent down payment of $12,232 you can buy a home. North/Central New Jersey ($53,986) follows closely where a 3 percent down payment of $11,050 will get you into the average sales priced home in the area. Chicago ($50,934) is not too far behind where a modest 3 percent down payment of $7,259 will buy you a home.

Top 15 Most Expensive Places to Get Married
State  County/City  Avg. Cost of a Wedding in 2014  Avg Sales Price 2014  Down Payment 5%  Down Payment 3%
New York  Manhattan  $76,328  $1,217,850  $60,892  $36,535
New York  Long Island  $55,327  $407,738  $20,387  $12,232
New Jersey  North/Central  $53,986  $368,340  $18,417  $11,050
New York  Westchester / Hudson Valley  $52,954  $366,293  $18,315  $10,989
Illinois  Chicago  $50,934  $241,959  $12,098  $7,259
New York  Outer Boroughs  $49,781  $456,333  $22,817  $13,690
Pennsylvania  Philadelphia  $44,090  $128,439  $6,422  $3,853
Rhode Island     $41,914  $218,332  $10,917  $6,550
California  San Francisco / Greater Bay Area  $39,690  $1,077,804  $53,890  $32,334
New Jersey  South  $39,191  $194,080  $9,704  $5,822
California  Santa Barbara / Ventura  $39,187  $502,800  $25,140  $15,084
Washington DC  Washington DC  $39,025  $427,054  $21,353  $12,812
Massachusetts  Boston  $38,665  $398,225  $19,911  $11,947
Florida  Southern  $38,155  $215,538  $10,777  $6,466
California  Los Angeles  $37,317  $499,342  $24,967  $14,980

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