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A wedding is probably the biggest party you’ll ever throw. It can also be one of the most expensive days of your life.
Although you might have an idea of how much you’re willing to spend on your nuptials, the cost of a wedding varies wildly depending on where you live.
Here are the cost of a wedding in 15 countries, ranked from most to least expensive. It’s worth noting that all of these stats came from different sources, and during different years, so averages may vary slightly.
1. Couples spend about $185,000 (Dhs. 680,000) to get married in the United Arab Emirates.
According to associate professor of Marketing at Zayed University Damien Arthur, “the average cost of hosting an Emirati wedding is now over 680,000 dirhams (US $185,000), of which 593,000 dirhams is [typically] paid for by the groom’s family.”
While many couples do choose to hold more modest affairs, Arthur states that the high average cost of a wedding in the United Arab Emirates is “driven largely by normative pressure to conform and avoid criticism that may impact family honor.”
2. Saying “I do” in Australia costs roughly $67,032 ($90,196 AUD).
Getting married down under is surprisingly costly. According to Canstar data from 2017, a wedding in Australia will cost just under $70,000.
3. The average wedding in the UK comes in at $35,005 (£27,161).
That’s according to a 2017 Hitched survey of about 4,000 brides. Couples in the UK are also likely to spend an average of $1,558 (£1,209) on the wedding dress and about $2,685. (£2,084) on a wedding ring.
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