You may have noticed lately that your mailbox is starting to fill up with wedding invitations. That’s right, wedding season is right around the corner, which means a lot of people will be shelling out a lot of money to celebrate someone else's big day.
A new Bankrate survey reveals just how much it costs to be a wedding guest these days, and it certainly isn’t cheap. If you’re a member of the wedding party, you can expect $728.19, which breaks down to a little over $137 for the shower, over $157 for the bachelor/bachelorette party and over $433 for the actual wedding. And if you think that’s bad, we hope you don’t have to be in a wedding party for someone in the Northeast, where expenses rise to $1,072.
And it’s not just the wedding party that’s shelling out big dough for someone else’s big day. A close friend or family member will spend about $627 for things like gifts, attire, travel and associated events , while a distant friend or family member will spend about $371.