With Valentine's Day right around the corner and no doubt a few lovebirds getting engaged, the personal finance website WalletHub just released its report on "2024's Best Places to Get Married." 

As planning a wedding gets more and more expensive, the list tries to help couples find the most wedding-friendly destinations across America to tie the knot.

And if you are in the great state of Louisiana, there are two cities that made the Top 20 list -- New Orleans and Shreveport.

More on those cities in a bit.

Source: WalletHub

About the report

WalletHub compared 182 of the biggest U.S. cities across 26 key indicators of cost-effectiveness, convenience, and enjoyment. The data set ranges from average wedding cost to venues and event spaces per capita to wedding vendors and hotel availability

By the way, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is around $30,000!

Cassandra Happe, WalletHub Analyst, had this to say:

A person’s wedding day can be the happiest day of their life, but it can also be a financial nightmare with how expensive venues, food and other essentials are. Getting married in a city that minimizes cost while maximizing options is ideal. It’s also important to consider the financial needs of guests – even if you can afford a flashy destination wedding, you may not have the best attendance if most guests have to pay for costly flights and lodging.

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The rankings

So exactly where are the best places to get married in the U.S.? Here is the top 20 list of cities:

  1. Orlando, FL
  2. Las Vegas, NV
  3. Miami, FL
  4. Tulsa, OK
  5. Atlanta, GA
  6. Tampa, FL
  7. New Orleans, LA
  8. Knoxville, TN
  9. Chicago, IL
  10. El Paso, TX
  11. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  12. Cincinnati, OH
  13. St. Louis, MO
  14. Shreveport, LA
  15. Charlotte, NC
  16. Oklahoma City, OK
  17. Columbia, SC
  18. Birmingham, AL
  19. Tucson, AZ
  20. Chattanooga, TN
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 What makes New Orleans and Shreveport so attractive?

According to WalletHub's study, New Orleans had solid scores across the board including a top ten ranking in "Activities & Attractions."

Shreveport scored top marks in the country in "Costs Ranks," helping fuel its top 20 overall ranking.

To see the full report from WalletHub, click here.

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