If you recently got engaged here in Buffalo, you’re probably feeling on cloud nine. Making the decision to get married is a wonderful life moment, but it’s also soon followed by having to face some tough choices - especially when it comes to your future family’s finances. 

Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the best days of your life, but man, it can be pricey. Couples shell out big bucks for all kinds of wedding expenses, including but not limited to:

  • Dress
  • Tux
  • Rings
  • License
  • Catering
  • Flowers
  • Cake
  • Venue
  • Honeymoon

When an engaged couple realizes just how expensive a wedding is going to be, many skip out on the huge soiree and decide to save their money for something practical, like a home. 

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But buying a house sure isn’t cheap, either. Both paying for a wedding and buying a home are huge financial commitments.

Which Is More Expensive In Buffalo, New York?

What costs more in the Nickel City - getting married or buying a house?

Both buying a home and throwing a wedding cost a pretty penny, and couples often have to choose between them for their first big financial expense. 

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The financial website SmartAsset analyzed the cost of weddings in various cities and metros across the United States. They then compared them to local median home sale prices on Zillow. 

Using a 13% down payment (the national average) as their metric, they determined the areas of the US where getting married are more expensive than buying a home in 2023. 

Weddings In Buffalo, New York Cost More Than A House

The Buffalo-Cheektowaga metro made SmartAsset’s list of ten places in 2023 where it’s more expensive to get married than put a down payment on a home, coming in at #8. 

According to their research, the average cost of a wedding here costs $32,394, while a 13% down payment on a house runs $27,938 on average. 

That means a Buffalo couple would spend 15.94% more for their wedding day than they would if they purchased a home instead. 

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But the Buffalo area isn’t the only expensive wedding city in New York State. 

Two Other Upstate New York Cities Where Weddings Are More Expensive Than Buying A Home

Buffalo, New York isn’t the only place in New York State where it’s pricier to get hitched than buy a house. They also mentioned both Syracuse, NY and Rochester, NY in their report.

Rochester was #5  on their list, where it costs 24.56% more to have a wedding than a house, while in Syracuse, it’s a whopping 31.44% more expensive, putting them near the top at #2.

So a wedding in Buffalo may be more costly for couples than buying a house, but at least it’s not nearly as pricey as Rochester and Syracuse!

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