The Average Cost Of Being A Wedding Guest Is Shockingly Horrifying
If you've already ranted to your mother, significant other and every friend you have about how much you hate wedding season, you're in luck.
There's a whole new reason weddings have gotten out of control: They're leeching your budget more than ever before.
According to American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, the average price tag attached to seeing your friends and family say "I do" is now $673.
The figure is a reported 14 percent higher than last year's, and that's not including the cost associated with actually participating in the wedding. Bridesmaids, groomsmen and the like drop around $701.
With that in mind, however, consider Slate's analysis of the deceptively high "average wedding cost."
All it takes is a few extra-lavish weddings included in the survey to set the "average" price tag much higher than it actually is for most people. And while Slate refers to the cost of weddings themselves, the same idea applies to guest costs.
The most important aspect to consider is your own personal budget. How much can you actually afford to drop on the nuptials of your second cousin's best friend from college?
Curious as to where you're spending the most? Here's an estimated breakdown by MarketWatch:
Plane tickets: $225 for each attendee
Hotel rooms: $170
Wedding gift: $106
Restaurant checks: $116
A new outfit: $95