Forget the pricey bridesmaid dress. Or even that lavish china set off the gift registry.
This wedding season, it’s the bachelor and bachelorette parties that will likely do the most damage to your wallet.
According to a new Priceline.com poll of more than 1,000 invitees, one in three party-goers now shell out more than $850 on these pre-wedding parties.
To give you a comparison of how costly the celebrations have become, the average guest plans to spend $673 on attending the actual wedding.
In other words: the pre-party has now become pricier than the big day itself.
And that shocking tab might explain why nearly half of those invited to bachelor or bachelorette festivities now bow out for the sake of their budgets.
But that might be a costly decision as well, the survey found. A whopping 15% of those respondents who skipped the bash said they were ultimately kicked out of the wedding party for not joining in on the fun.
So why have these fetes turned into such financial nightmares?
Food and drink was found to be the category driving up the price tag the most, with 28% of guests naming it as the biggest expense. Close behind were entertainment (19%), airfare (18%) and hotels (16%).
Plus, at least 30% of party-goers said they were pressured by the bride- or groom-to-be to shell out for luxury hotel rooms.
Need some help reining in the costs of attending a wedding this summer? Read up on these tips to prepare for the big day.