Okay so maybe skipping out on your friends weddings isn’t going to keep you many friends, but this new information about how much it costs to attend weddings may make you reevaluate some of your relationships. According to information from the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, wedding guests on average each spend $673.

Last year that number was $592, so it seems the bar is being raised. Of course that $673 is higher if you’re actually in the wedding (more duties), and it does not include things like gifts or parties. Bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and gifts will each add somewhere between $77-89 on average. Which even sounds a little low for bachelor and bachelorette parties.

So what are you paying for in that $673 per buddy tying the knot? Your outfit, travel, hotel room, and meals when you’re not noshing on the big day buffet. And don’t think that the Pinterest backyard DIY wedding craze is catching on either, those are actually on the decline.

Destination weddings are creeping back up in popularity, and of course those bad boys cost more than the local ones. In fact they generally cost up to about 33% more as far as travel goes. But if you feel like you need to turn down a destination wedding invite because there is something that you would rather do with that money you are not alone, 72% of guests think that the are too expensive.

But what are you going to do, never go to a wedding again? No you’re not, there are way to many potential single hotties to bond with over the outrageous cost of your plane tickets.

But maybe not attending every single party leading up to the wedding is an option when your wedding season is booked solid.


Do you have to skip out on any weddings this year? Tell us why in the comments!





Kate Ferguson
Kate Ferguson
Kate Ferguson is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blog and magazine genres. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce. Follow her for updates (and the occasional joke) on Twitter @KateFerg