[caption id="attachment_149" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Do you know the real costs of being a wedding guest?[/caption] Wedding season is in full effect. For those getting married, it is an exciting time as they become one family and say their “I dos.” For guests, weddings are a chance to celebrate the occasion with friends and family. However, it can also be an expensive event. Recent data from American Express shows that if you are a wedding guest, you can expect to spend about $673 on average per wedding. How are weddings so expensive? Here are five costs that may make you think twice about marking the “attending” box on all those wedding invites.
- The gift- are you prepared to drop $100 or more on a wedding gift? The average amount spent on gifts in 2015 is about $106. That can be in addition to the $75 or more you may have to spend if you’re lucky enough to be a part of the bridal shower.
- The hotel- depending on where your wedding is, the hotel can get costly in a hurry. The average hotel room costs $170 per night, so you may want to try and stay only one night if possible to limit the damage.
- Travel- whether you’re driving or flying, traveling to a family member or friend’s wedding is expensive between gas, plane tickets and meals.
- Drinks and tips- This all depends on what the bar situation is at the wedding, but you should assume it’s a cash bar just to be prepared. Also, be sure to tip the bartenders/wait staff. You don’t want to be that person.
- Extras- this includes things like being a part of the bachelor or bachelorette parties ($85) or being in the wedding party ($150 for tux rental or a bridesmaid dress).