As Valentine’s Day approaches, many love-struck folks are preparing to pop the question (in hopes of a happily-ever-after response) and start planning the perfect wedding. And, as it turns out, Dallas is a top city to tie the knot.
Financial website WalletHub has released 2019’s Best Places to Get Married, and Dallas ranks No. 20 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.
Dallas scores best in the ranking on facilities and services, coming in at No. 21 in that category (no surprise given our myriad hotels and venues). Weddings in Big D have big budgets, however, as Dallas ranks 62nd overall in costs. And the city ranks 28th in "activities and attractions."
Elsewhere in Texas, Austin comes in at a blissful No. 10 overall, and Houston lands at No. 13. San Antonio is not far behind Dallas 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 — trouble in paradise here? — somehow ranks last on the list.