Weddings are expensive. In 2016, The Knot polled 13,000 brides and grooms and found the national average cost for a wedding was $35,329. Wow. But weddings aren't pricy AF for just the bride and groom, but for the guests, too. And, if you're invited to a destination wedding, which I had (sorry, friends and family, but Mom insisted!), you're going to be dropping mad cash. So much cash, that it might even make you second-guess whether or not you want to attend. Honestly, no one can blame you or hold it against you, if you don't!
According to the results of a recent wedding-related survey by LendEDU, an online marketplace for student loans and student loan refinancing, which polled 1,000 Americans, 18 years of age and older, about how much they spent on weddings in 2017 just as guests, the average wedding attendee spent — I hope you're sitting down — $1,386.22 per wedding. Yes, per wedding; not total for all the weddings they attended this year so far, but for each wedding. This is an extraordinary amount (up from $673 in 2015, by the way) that, if you happen to find yourself in that age bracket where you're friends are getting married in droves, can totally break the bank. It can also, in some cases, break a friendship (which happened to me this past summer).
So how do wedding guests accrue such a huge amount? Well, let's break it down.