Once the engagement is in the books, the search for the perfect wedding location begins. Local couples are in luck, as Houston ranks among America's 15 best places to tie the knot.
To help engaged couples everywhere find the best bang for their buck for their upcoming nuptials, personal finance website WalletHub has revealed the best places to get married in 2018. Houston appears near the top of the list, at No. 15.
WalletHub compared more than 180 U.S. cities to find "the cheapest and most convenient wedding destinations that also promise a memorable day." Analysts examined each city across 23 indicators of wedding friendliness, from average wedding cost to chapels and churches per capita.
Houston boasts a lower-than-average wedding cost. While the average betrothed duo in the U.S. spends $35,000 on their wedding, the average Houston wedding costs $30,175, according to WalletHub.
In addition to those savings, the Bayou City earns high marks for its the high number of bridal shops per capita (No. 7), hotels per capita (No. 10), flower shops per capita (No. 17), and number of attractions (No. 17).
Houston doesn't rank as well for wedding chapels and churches per capita (No. 36), videographers and photographers per capita (No. 94), or event planners per capita (No. 99).
Other top Texas cities for weddings include Austin (No. 11), Dallas (No. 22), and San Antonio (No. 26). Those looking to tie the knot outside the Lone Star State should consider WalletHub's top five picks: Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas; Atlanta; Los Angeles; and Miami.