As Valentine’s Day approaches, many Houstonians are preparing to pop the proverbial question (in hopes of a happily-ever-after response) and start planning the perfect wedding. And, as it turns out, the Bayou City is a top city to tie the knot.
Financial website WalletHub has released 2019’s Best Places to Get Married, and Houston ranks No. 13 overall across 182 U.S. cities.
Recognizing that nuptials are a costly and time-consuming affair — the average couple shells out $33,000 for their big day — WalletHub examined each city’s key indicators of wedding-friendliness. The study breaks down three key dimensions: costs, facilities and services, and activities and attractions and analyzes everything from average wedding cost to venues and event spaces per capita to hotel availability.
Houston scores best in the ranking on facilities and services, coming in at No. 13 overall (no surprise given our myriad hotels and venues). Weddings here can be rather expensive, however, as Houston ranks 79th overall in costs. The new capital of Southern cool ranks 22nd overall in activities and attractions.
In Texas, Houston is edged out by Austin, which comes in at No. 10 overall. Dallas follows Houston at No. 20, with San Antonio not far behind at No. 22 and El Paso at No. 23. Further down the list is Fort Worth at No. 56.
The best place in America to get married, according to WalletHub, is Orlando, Florida (perhaps thanks to a certain Magic Kingdom). Happy couples looking to get hitched would do well to avoid Pearl City, Hawaii, which ranks last on the list.