The Average Cost of Being a Wedding Guest Is Seriously Insane

The Average Cost of Being a Wedding Guest Is Seriously Insane

Getting a wedding invite can trigger a roller coaster of emotions. First, you're thrilled to have the chance to see a close friend or family member tie the knot. Then comes the wave of panic — exactly how much will doing this run you?

The number can easily top $600 — several times over, according to a new survey of Millennials by and reported by Brides.

If that seems a little pricey just to witness your childhood bestie say "I do," let us explain. The $600 minimum is the amount a guest drops at each wedding-related event: the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette outings, travel and then finally the wedding ceremony itself.

As to how that dollar amount breaks down, 38% of those surveyed said hotel or housing costs are the priciest part of being a wedding guest, especially if vows are exchanged in a major city like New York or San Francisco. And for 24% of respondents, a night out for a bachelor/bachelorette party will be the biggest line item at $800 to $1,000 or more.

Given those numbers, it's not surprising that many respondents said astronomical costs have forced them to skip a wedding event altogether. On the bright side, money isn't always a deterrent: More than half of guests are willing to cross state and city lines to celebrate, according to the survey.

RELATED: How to Save Money on the Wedding of Your Dreams


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