Report: Wedding costs rise for 2016, MO least expensive to tie the knot

Report: Wedding costs rise for 2016, MO least expensive to tie the knot

MISSOURI (KFVS) - Planning a wedding this for this year? There is a good chance you'll be spending even more than couples last year.

In the U.S., it appears couples want a personalized and intimate atmosphere for each guest at their wedding, according to a new report on wedding trends from Thumbtack.

That means they're willing to shell out the cash.

In fact, weddings will cost 20 percent more in 2016 than they did last year. On average, an American couple will spend more than $12,000 on essential wedding services. That does not include the venue, dress or rings.

The Thumbtack report says the main reason for the jump in price: the reception.

More couples are focusing on finer touches like formal plated dinners, laser-cut place settings and bold floral choices.

According to the report, there's been a 26 percent increase in couples requesting servers and a 32 percent increase in couples requesting plated meals.

The good news for Missourians: it is the least expensive state to tie the knot. The average couple will spend only $9,031 on their wedding.

On the flip side, Connecticut is the most expensive state to get married, costing couples upwards of $17,000.

Another big theme for weddings in 2016 will be the social media-ready extras, including short highlight videos and picture souvenirs guests can take with them.

Thumbtack also reports that wedding beauty will be big in 2016. The study showed a 75 percent increase in "glamorous" makeup requests for things like false lashes and airbrushing.

To see the full report from Thumbtack on 2016 Wedding Trends, click here.

According to WalletHub Springfield and St. Louis rank in the top 15 best U.S. cities for getting married.

Not only is Springfield the cheapest place to get married according to WalletHub, but the city also ranks in the top for the number of wedding chapels/churches per capita.

St. Louis ranks No. 5 for the number of flower shops per capita, WalletHub reports.

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