Wedding season is well upon on us and this year will be no cheaper for the guests than the previous year. For me, it might even be slightly more expensive. Between now and December, I have 4 weddings to attend and the costs will just keep adding up. It’s no secret that weddings are an expensive time for the bride & groom, but for their families too. Often overlooked are the expenses wedding guests endure. That being said, I am not trying to cynical about weddings. In fact I enjoy weddings quite a bit. How can one not? All the food, open bar and fancy attire, surely spell out a good time. A good time that has a cost associated to it. We all look forward to all the free food and booze, but as numbers keep adding up, that open bar and midnight buffet is not looking so free anymore!
Here is my projected costs for 4 weddings;
Average Wedding Gift Expenses – $600 (4 weddings X $150)
Bachelor Parties - $300 (on average of $150/night in spending X 2 bachelor parties)
Accommodations - $200 (Two weddings are a little drive ways away)
Clothing - $350 (new shirts, pair of shoes & 3 pocket squares)
Transportation – $70 (Gas & parking)
TOTAL COST FOR ATTENDING 4 WEDDINGS = $1,520
Not that I am trying to be a cheap-ass, but seriously that’s $1,520 that I don’t need to spend. Quite frankly, I’d much rather put it towards debt repayment. If I don’t go, I’m a total douche. If I go, that’s a lot of money for four nights of fun. Talk about a guy being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Thus far, I’ve replied to two weddings and confirmed my attendance. The other two weddings, invites are being mailed out. Keep in mind, that the above cost is just for me. If I take a date, that’s at least another $400. Pretty expensive if you ask me. Four nights of fun are roughly going to cost $2,000, with a guest or $1,520 for my self alone. Talk about expensive night’s out.
Now that I’ve done my bitch session on wedding season and how expensive it is, I wanted to share with you a graphic that I came across on costs to wedding guests.
Info graphic courtesy of EngagementExperts.com
How many weddings are you attending this year? & How much might they set you back?