The Cost To Wedding Guests
Statistics show that the cost to wedding guests (meaning those invited to
attend a wedding) is soaring, so we thought we'd take a look and see what's
going on. We, like many, always considered the wedding expenses of the bride and groom
(and their families) but never thought about the financial
aspects of being a guest.
Boy were we surprised!
The Cost of Attending a Wedding as a Guest
it costs your wedding guests between $490 and $539 to attend your
wedding. That's just on items like hotel, dining, getting
dressed up, jewelry, travel, pet and child care, all the
pre-parties they attend (bachelor/bachelorette, showers,
engagement parties etc...) and other small incidentals.
Add the cost of the wedding gift to the tab and your wedding
guests are going to end up forking over up to $565 if they're a
friend and $686 if they're family, because on average family
members buy more expensive gifts.
We're totally guilty of never considering the financial
burden that is put on our wedding guests but their expenses are
significant, both prior-to the wedding and on the big day
We always focus on how
much a wedding is going to cost us, how much the flowers are
going to be, how much the venue will charge, how much it will
cost to feed our guest (per plate/head) and never once think
about what it means for our guests financially to be invited to
our weddings and share in our joy.
With the average American attending two weddings per year, it
turns out we spend close to a $1000 just to be a guest and at
least another $150 on gifts. That's no joke!
As for our friends across the pond, an article published in The
Telegraph claims that the average guest in England spent
an all-time high of £380 (US $612) in 2009 to attend a wedding
and an average £78.67 on gifts.1 Since that
time, a new survey was conducted and they report that the cost
to wedding guests has now soared to £547.2
Although this latest figure is high for us, it completely supports the notion that weddings have become increasingly
more expensive for all those involved.
We never, ever, thought of a wedding from the financial
perspective of the guests and have a new
appreciation for wedding guests and what it means (and costs)
for them to attend.
We hope you do too!
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