Cost of Being a Wedding Guest

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Wedding season is upon us, and if you’ve got a few invitations on your calendar this summer, expect to spend more to celebrate the bride and groom’s big day.

It’s not cheap to throw a wedding. but it’s becoming more costly to be a guest, too.

American Express estimates more than 67 million Americans will attend at least one wedding this year. And they say the average guest will spend $592 per wedding on travel, gifts and attire, up ten percent over last year.

An early start can help guests trim costs on both gifts and on travel.

Reasonably priced gifts tend to be the first items snagged on a wedding registry. Also consider sharing the cost of a big-ticket item with other guests.

Book plane tickets as soon as you RSVP, and while a block of hotel rooms may be set aside for wedding guests, shop around to make sure it’s really the best deal in town.

Few ladies want to be seen wearing the same thing once, twice or three times to weddings, especially in the social media era.

Consider picking up dresses for each occasion from one of the designer rental sites, rather than buying. It’s an option brides might want to consider for wedding attendants too, since bridesmaids dresses, rarely get a second wear.

And the increase in guests’ expenses also comes as the bride and groom pay more to create a fun experience for family and friends. A survey of last year’s weddings by the knot found the average couple spent 220 dollars per guest on food, entertainment, and more.

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